Jimmy Buffett

Jimmy Buffett performs Sunday, July 11, 2010, in Gulf Shores, Ala. 

Associated Press photo/Mobile Press-Register, Chip English

After getting his start playing for tips in the French Quarter over 40 years ago, Jimmy Buffett has turned his laid-back lifestyle into a lucrative career that includes sold-out tours with his Coral Reefer Band, a chain of Margaritaville restaurants and resorts, and even plans for a retirement village, Latitude Margaritaville, in Daytona, Florida.

At the moment, however, the Gulf Coast troubadour has his eyes on Broadway. The new musical comedy “Escape from Margaritaville,” running Oct. 20-28 at the Saenger Theatre, rounds up nearly two dozen classic Buffett tunes — and a couple of new ones — in a story about a guitar-slinging bartender in a beachy tourist town who falls for a woman that makes him rethink the luxuries of the single life.

Written by television comedy veterans Greg Garcia (“Yes, Dear,” “My Name Is Earl” and “Raising Hope”) and Mike O’Malley (“Shameless”), “Escape to Margaritaville” premiered earlier this year at La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego.

New Orleans is the first stop on a three-city, pre-Broadway tryout run (Houston is next, then Chicago) before the show is set to land in New York early next year.

“Escape to Margaritaville” is directed by Tony Award-winner Christopher Ashley (“Come From Away”) and stars Paul Alexander Nolan, Alison Luff and Lisa Howard.

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"Escape to Margaritaville"

WHEN: Oct. 20-28

WHERE: Saenger Theatre

1111 Canal St.

TICKETS: $35 and up

INFO: BroadwayInNewOrleans.com or (800) 982-2787