Broadway stalwart Paul Nolan takes on the jukebox musical in Escape to Margaritaville

Canadian theatre actor Paul Nolan talks about his new role in the Jimmy Buffett musical Escape to Margaritaville, now on Broadway.
Paul Alexander Nolan in Escape to Margaritaville: The Musical. (Matthew Murphy )

Paul Alexander Nolan spent his childhood in Rouleau, Sask., the same town where the TV show Corner Gas was filmed. He grew up around dusty gravel roads, his dad was a farmer and he played a lot of hockey. Nolan never really expected to one day end up on stage, but that all changed when he discovered theatre.

Nolan threw himself into musical theatre, playing Billy Flynn in Chicago and Jesus Christ in Jesus Christ Superstar. Steve Martin even tapped him to be in his Broadway musical, Bright Star. Now, Nolan stars in Jimmy Buffett's Broadway musical Escape to Margaritaville, about a bar singer named Tully Mars. 

Paul Alexander Nolan as bar singer, Tully Mars, in Escape to Margaritaville: The Musical. (Matthew Murphy)

Buffett fans, who usually call themselves "Parrotheads," are very loyal, so Nolan is under a lot of pressure in this new production. Speaking with guest host Ali Hassan, Nolan says that to succeed in this musical, he had to put aside everything he knew about hockey and farming and embrace the laid-back island life. Escape to Margaritaville is on Broadway now. 

Produced by Vanessa Greco


To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Become a CBC Member

Join the conversation  Create account

Already have an account?