What is Mah Jongg, the musical?
It is a hilarious musical gathering of six women playing Mah Jongg while discussing issues pertinent to women of a “certain age”.
Written by Mimi Scott, Ph.D (book and lyrics) and Nathan Kaplan (composer) this show, Mah Jongg, The Musical has had immense charm for audiences thus far. Indeed, it was a winner of Best Show, Best Original Score and Best Actress at the West Village Musical Theatre Festival in June 2012.
The show revolves around six women who meet weekly to play Mah Jongg, and who of course spend more time discussing their issues than actually playing. In rousing numbers and hysterical dialogue the group enters the world of marital relationships; single life; online dating; connecting with kids and grandkids (even about their sex lives), and the difficulty keeping up in today’s world of technology.
The numbers are amazingly hummable and have tickled the funny bones of all ages and genders. With your help, we’ll be launching our full cast show in September (hopefully) at the popular cabaret club, Don’t Tell Mama, on 46th Street in the heart of New York’s Theatre District.
The money sought here has many directions in which to go. Along with cast and staff salaries guided by an Equity contract, are costs for rentals, rehearsal space, publicists, costume and set items. Even in a cabaret setting, the financial aspects of the production are significant.