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Tibbies Great American Cabaret

Song and Dance Dinner Show Aboard the Queen Mary

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Tibbies Great American Cabaret aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA

Steve Donahue, Jonathan Jimenez, Amber Nalson and cast in the Tibbies Great American Cabaret performance of "Dancing Queen" aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA

Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, used with permission
Tibbies no longer performs on the Queen Mary. Check their website for shows in Orange County

Tibbies offers family-friendly cruise-style musical revues in a customized dinner theatre aboard the Queen Mary. Tibbies ran a successful cabaret in Orange County for 25 years before expanding to the Queen Mary in 2004. Since then, they have produced three shows a year aboard the ship. One of them is always a holiday production.

Pros

  • Outstanding voices
  • Intimate venue
  • Great food

Cons

  • Limited menu
  • Space is tight for the big production numbers
  • Choreography can be overly corny
  • Low ceilings make you worry for the dancers' safety

The Venue

Tibbies Great American Cabaret aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach

Steve Donahue and cast are up close and personal with the audience at the Tibbies Great American Cabaret performance of "Dancing Queen" aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA

Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, used with permission
Tibbies is located above the Observation Bar at the bow of the ship. It is accessed from a stairway near the entrance to the Observation Bar.

The venue is very intimate. Tables are placed right up to the edge of the stage, and the singing and dancing cast are just inches away. If you're intimidated by having the performers close enough to touch, you can request not to be seated at the center front table, but performers sing from other areas of the audience as well.

The dinner selection is limited, but the food quality has really improved in recent years. Children's selections are available.

The Show

Tibbies productions are very high energy from beginning to end. Music selections vary depending on the show theme. Occasional solo ballads and an MC who interacts with the audience give the cast time to change their glitzy costumes, which they do often.

The shows tend to be well cast with great singing talent. Many cast members are also regulars in Disneyland shows and on cruise ships, as well as in local musical theatre productions. You might also see faces that have appeared on TV or in movies. The cast does double duty as wait staff, serving dinner before the show and dessert at intermission.

Critical Details

Tibbies Great American Cabaret aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA

Cara LaGreen, Karie Seasock and Erin Watson in the Tibbies Great American Cabaret performance of "Dancing Queen" aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA

Photo © 2007 Kayte Deioma, used with permission
Where: Meet in the Observation Bar
Hours: Fri - Sun at 7 pm
Dress Code: Business-casual attire
Reservations: Required
Price Range: $63.95 Adults, $58.95 Seniors (65+) and military with ID, $32.95 children 12 and under (plus tax and tip). Tickets include a fixed three-course menu with a choice of entrees.
Parking: $5 with validation
Info & Reservations: 1-888-484-2243, www.tibbiescabaret.com

This information was accurate at the time of publication. Please check with the venue for the most current information.
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