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'The View' Censors Topless Mermaid Drawing

Daniel S. Levine

03/08/2018

When The View featured Escape to Margaritaville star Paul Alexander Nolan alongside Jimmy Buffett, the actor had to make one big change to his guitar for morning television.

His guitar, which includes a drawing of a topless mermaid, had tape on it to censor the drawing. Suddenly, the mermaid had a coconut bra made out of tape.

"His guitar, which features a drawing of a topless mermaid, was deemed too revealing for TV," a source told Page Six. "They made him censor it with tape before being allowed to go on air."

The night before, members of The View staff went to Escape to Margaritaville and missed the opening curtain because they "got so caught up downing margaritas at the lobby bar," the source said.

Escape to Margaritaville is a jukebox musical, featuring Buffett's music. Only two of the 27 songs featured in the show are brand new.

"Most of the songs people have heard," Buffett told CBS News. "It's not like we're waiting to see if they're good or not. We're kind of OK, right? We don't want to go in there and do what they don't know!"

Nolan stars as a Buffett-like lounge singer. The show had its world premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego last May, before runs in New Olreans, Houston and Chicago before reaching Broadway. The cast also includes Lisa Howard and Alison Luff.

Songs featured in the new show are "Fins," "Why Don't We Get Drunk," "Son of a Son of a Sailor," "Margaritaville," "Volcano," Come Monday," "A Pirate Looks at Forty" and "Grapefruit - Juicy Fruit." Comedian Mike O'Malley and My Name Is Earl creator Greg Garcia wrote the book.

"Well, everybody thinks that, yeah, I'm either laid back in a hammock or I'm working my ass off," the 71-year-old Buffett told CBS News. "I'm somewhere in the middle, in my humble opinion, because, you know, if you look at our tour schedule now, we work on the road, when we do our show, we work Saturday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday. We always take a day off, 'cause we are an old band. We try to stay in shape, but ... we weren't supposed to last this long!"

Escape to Margaritaville is now in previews at the Marquis Theater. It officially opens on March 15.

Photo credit: YouTube / The View

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