Mah Jongg on the High Seas:
A Musical Review
Book & Lyrics by John Davis. Music by Paolo Tatafiore
(adapted from Mah Jongg Mania: A Musical Comedy
Book & Lyrics by John Davis. Music by Paolo Tatafiore)
Mah Jongg on the High Seas: A Musical Review blows the lid off what it means to play American Mah Jongg at sea by providing guests with a totally immersive Mah Jongg experience.
Through a range of activities, our guests will:
Learn the Game by taking free in-person and online lessons
Play the Game with members of the cast and small mentored groups as practice
Sing the Game by learning the songs from complimentary downloads of the Musical Review
Wear the Game by sporting Mah Jongg shirts and hats given free when they attend the Review
Share the Game with others when they return with their free souvenirs and coupons for online merchandise, along with automatic subscriptions to the Mah Jongg on the High Seas newsletter that contains links to a variety of resources and cruise line offers.
Keep the Game Guests will also take home complimentary Mah Jongg sets to start their own groups and have access to special Mah Jongg Facebook groups with players across the United States.
Our guests will attend the world premier of Mah Jongg on the High Seas: A Musical Review.
They will meet the stunning, flamboyant, and hilarious Mah Jongg Diva,
the hostess for the show. She will introduce the acts and share her observations about the game.
In the first number, eight women come through the audience and sing, "If You’re Gonna Play Mah Jongg You're Gonna Need Some Stuff." They carry table clothes, Mah Jongg tiles, racks, dice, and food. They distribute small Mah Jongg-themed items like keychains and pins as well as small "nosh" items. By the end of the number, they set up a table with four chairs and a Mah Jongg set on the stage.
In the second number, four women play Mah Jongg at the table while they share hilarious stories and burst into songs about the game such as, "If I Only Had a Joker," "Why am I Always One Away?" and "Pet Peeves." (Note: These three numbers may be spread out in the show or performed together.)
In the third number, "The Mahj Tiles Tango," eight women appear on stage dressed in sandwich boards as Mah Jongg tiles: a joker, a bam, a crac, a flower, a dragon, a wind, etc. They dance together to show some of the ways Mah Jongg tiles can be used in the game.
The fourth number is performed by the Mahj-ettes who are six women who come out into the audience and play patty cake with some of the audience members to the song "Miss Myra Went to Play Mah Jongg." They continue the song on stage and add "The Hopscotch Song" and "The Jump Rope Song." The number ends as a chorus of all three songs with the audience singing along.
Before the final number, Mah Jongg Diva will raffle off complementary Mah Jongg sets and Mah Jongg items such as free online game subscriptions, discounts on merchandise and travel to Mah Jongg tournaments, etc.
The last number "When I Play Mah Jongg," is performed by the entire cast and Mah Jongg Diva who waltz through the venue and onto the stage ending with the line: "Just one more game, that is all I need, just one more game."
- Mah Jongg items given to guests can be donated or discounted by Mah Jongg vendors who regularly sell supplies to players.
- All the songs but one are already written and fully orchestrated as part of "Mah Jongg Mania: A Musical Comedy."
- The script for the show will be written by John Davis with new music and musical adaptations done by Paolo Tatafiore.
- Cast members will also serve as teachers and mentors to the guests and must know the game.
- Staging can be done by projecting images as needed.
- Game rooms will be needed for lessons and game play.
CLICK HERE to view sample music from the stage show Mah Jongg Mania: A Musical Comedy.