Artist Q&A with Chris Clark from Jimmy Buffett's Escape to Margaritaville
Posted Mar 03, 2020
Chris Clark is making his national tour debut as Tully in Jimmy Buffett’s Escape to Margaritaville coming to your Fox Cities Performing Arts Center March 24-29. Originally from Plano, Texas and a recent graduate of Texas State University, we caught up with this parrothead to find out what he did after he got the part and how long he’s been a Jimmy Buffett fan.
Were you familiar with Jimmy Buffett’s music before joining the show?
I was! My parents are big Buffett fans, so I grew up hearing all the songs everyone knows and loves like “Fins” (my favorite growing up), “Five O’Clock Somewhere” and of course “Margaritaville.”
How did you get involved in Escape to Margaritaville?
After graduating college I did a senior showcase in New York with my graduating class, which was attended by the show’s casting director. After the showcase I was sent an email that they were interested in seeing me for the role of Tully. I sent in a video with all of the material, about a week later I got a call that the creative team wanted to see me for a callback, I did the call back two days later and the next week I got a call that I had gotten the part! It was an absolutely surreal, whirlwind experience.
What character research did you do before rehearsals started?
I got to go down to Islamorada in the Florida Keys for what I’ve dubbed “bar singer bootcamp.” I did guitar coaching with an awesome teacher named Dave Feder. He took me around to a few of the resorts and bars down in the Keys, and I got to see what it’s like to be a bar singer in the islands! I based my character of Tully on a few of the guys I saw performing down there. More than anything, my time in the Keys showed me that getting your mind on island time is a very, very real thing.
Where is your favorite place you’ve visited on tour so far?
Fort Lauderdale! There’s nothing like being able to go to the beach in 80 degree weather at the end of November.
Finish the sentence…
My favorite Jimmy Buffett song is… “A Pirate Looks at 40”
The song stuck in my head after the show is… “Cheeseburger in Paradise”
My favorite lyric or line in the show is… “once you stopped worrying about all the stuff you could be doing, you started enjoying what you actually are doing.”
When they told us we were going to Appleton, my first thought was… I wish I could go to Lambeau and see a Packers game!
Here’s your chance to say something to the audience – I would love audiences to know… that Escape to Margaritaville is just that: an escape! Wear your favorite Hawaiian shirt and come ready to leave the outside world behind, kick back and escape to the island with us for a few hours.