A new mu­si­cal for Jimmy Buffett fans

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Four Broad­way shows com­ing to Fort Laud­erdale’s Broward Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts next sea­son are go­ing to be South Florida pre­mieres. Those first-timers for the 2019-2020 sea­son in­clude “Escape to Mar­gar­i­taville,” “Dis­ney’s Aladdin, “Mean Girls” and “Band­stand.”

The sea­son will be filled out with “Les Mis­er­ables,” a peren­nial fa­vorite, and “Come From Away,” which will have a run in Mi­ami this sum­mer.

Susie Kra­jsa, pres­i­dent of Broad­way Across Amer­ica, a pre­sen­ter of tour­ing Broad­way shows in 44 re­gional mar­kets, in­clud­ing Fort Laud­erdale and Mi­ami, says in an email: “We saw record-break­ing at­ten­dance in the 2018-2019 sea­son at the Broward Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts and we are ex­cited to carry that mo­men­tum into the up­com­ing sea­son.”

How to get a sub­scrip­tion

Cur­rent sub­scribers may re­new their sub­scrip­tion for the 2019-2020 sea­son start­ing at 10 a.m. on Fri­day, Jan. 11. New sub­scribers should sign up for a wait list by call­ing 800-764-0700 or go­ing to Broad­wayInFortLaud­erdale.com/sea­son so they can buy a new sub­scrip­tion when they be­come avail­able in late April.

How much does a sub­scrip­tion cost?

New subscriptions will be avail­able in late April and will range in price from $240 to $695. New subscriptions in the JetBlue Flight Deck on the Club Level are $895.

Break­ing down the shows

Oct. 8-20: “Les Mis­er­ables”

Set in 19th cen­tury France, “Les Miz” takes its nar­ra­tive from Vic­tor Hugo’s novel and fo­cuses on themes of re­demp­tion for ex-con­vict Jean Val­jean against the back­drop of the 1832 Paris Upris­ing. The lush score in­cludes win­ners such as “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” “Bring Him Home” and “One Day More.”

Nov. 19-Dec. 1: “Escape to Mar­gar­i­taville”

Par­rot­heads fi­nally have their very own juke­box mu­si­cal of Jimmy Buffett tunes. When the show de­buted on Broad­way last Fe­bru­ary, the crit­ics sav­aged the pro­duc­tion. But Buffett fans will prob­a­bly love hear­ing Great White Way ar­range­ments of "It's Five O'Clock Some­where," "Why Don't We Get Drunk," "Son of a Son of a Sailor," "My Head Hurts, My Feet Stink and I Don't Love Je­sus," "Changes in Lat­i­tudes, Changes in At­ti­tudes," “Mar­gar­i­taville” -and that's just in the first act.

Jan. 8-19, 2020: “Dis­ney’s Aladdin”

The 1992 an­i­mated movie will be a live ac­tion film in 2019, di­rected by Guy Ritchie and star­ring Will Smith. The stage mu­si­cal hap­pened in be­tween, bow­ing on Broad­way in 2014 with all the in­stantly rec­og­niz­able songs — such as “Friend Like Me” and “A Whole New World” — from the orig­i­nal Dis­ney treat­ment as well as some new tunes from the score’s dream team of Tim Rice, Alan Menken, Howard Ash­man and Chad Beguelin. Lifted and Dis­ney­fied from the Ara­bic folk tale “One Thou­sand and One Nights,” the story es- sen­tially re­mains the same.

March 3-15, 2020: “Mean Girls”

Tina Fey, a vir­tual funny fac­tory, wrote this mu­si­cal’s book based on the script she penned for the 2004 movie of the same name. The stage mu­si­cal de­buted on Broad­way in 2018 and put song to the story of high school girls ne­go­ti­at­ing a dan­ger­ous game of so­cial cliques.

April 7-19, 2020: “Come From Away”

In the im­me­di­ate af­ter­math of 9⁄11, all air traf­fic in North Amer­ica was grounded, and from that springs this mu­si­cal sur­round­ing an air­line full of pas­sen­gers stranded in a small town in New­found- land. At first wary, the lo­cals take in the out-oftown­ers and work through their dif­fer­ences, which re­port­edly mir­rors what hap­pened in real life in the true story this Tony Award­win­ning show comes from.

May 5-17, 2020: “Band­stand”

In the days fol­low­ing World War II, a group of bud­dies and vet­er­ans are hav­ing a rough time set­tling back into civil­ian life. But they find hope when they hear that NBC is launch­ing a na­tion­wide com­pe­ti­tion to find the next great band. The Tony Award-winning stage mu­si­cal, which opened on Broad­way in 2017, fea­tures a swing and be-bop score


"Escape to Mar­gar­i­taville" plays Fort Laud­erdale's Broward Cen­ter Nov. 19-Dec. 1.


The na­tional tour of "Les Mis­er­ables" will play the Broward Cen­ter in Fort Laud­erdale Oct. 8-20.

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