By Frankie Kujawa
Running through Sunday, August 20th at Toby's Dinner Theatre in Columbia is Jimmy Buffett's Escape to Margaritaville. Audiences will meet a handsome bartender and singer named Tully (played by Howard County-native Patrick Gover) who works in the Caribbean at “Margaritaville” and falls for a career-minded tourist. The hilarious musical-comedy features some of Jimmy Buffett's most-loved classics, including: “Cheeseburger In Paradise”, “Margaritaville,” “It’s Five O’clock Somewhere,” and many more.
Gover, who has performed in previous Toby's productions "Something Rotten," "Ghost," and "Rocky: The Musical" recently chatted about his current performance.
Frankie Kujawa: In your own words, could you describe what audiences can expect from this performance of MARGARITAVILLE?
Patrick Gover: A little bit of comedy, a little bit of romance. Good music. Good drinks. It’s just a party atmosphere.
Frankie Kujawa: Could you describe a little about your role in this production?
Patrick Gover: I play Tully whose the charismatic guitar player/singer of the island. He’s a schmoozer who gets all the girls until he meets a different girl who sweeps him off his feet.
Frankie Kujawa: As a performer, what went into preparing for a role such as this?
Patrick Gover: I had to get in the mindset of living on a beach where nothing could go wrong. And it’s been nice getting into a routine of playing the guitar again.
Frankie Kujawa: How does this role differ from others you've had at Toby's?
Patrick Gover: This role is a bit more relaxed than the other ones. And, I get to play with an instrument.
Frankie Kujawa: Toby's always brings so many fantastic productions each season. Could you describe what it's like performing at a place such as Toby's?
Patrick Gover: Toby’s is a very heart-warming place and the [theatre-in-the] round forces you to be intimate. The fourth wall is all around so there is no hiding!
For more information on Jimmy Buffett’s Escape to Margaritaville, please visit: tobysdinnertheatre.com/shows/jimmy-buffetts-escape-to-margaritaville-2023/#