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Act II Strikes Gold with 'Spotlight on Vallarta' Series

July 20, 2017

Spotlight's first show, "The Gabest Show On Earth" opened on June 15 to a sold-out audience. Tickets to Gabe's final show on August 10 are selling fast and expected to sell out, so get yours now at act2pv.com.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - There are just two words that must be said to Act II Entertainment's Founder/Managing Partner Danny Mininni and Musical Director Alfonso Lopez: "Mission accomplished!"

The Mission? Scouring the Banderas Bay area for the very best local talent and giving them a stage. The result? "Spotlight on Vallarta," a series of cabaret shows that puts the 'spotlight' on the incredibly talented performers that live in Puerto Vallarta full-time.

Created and co-produced by Danny and Alfonso, "Spotlight on Vallarta" has proven to be a HUGE hit with a 75% increase in ticket sales over last summer - and there's lots more incredible entertainment in store for Puerto Vallarta music lovers!

Spotlight on Vallarta continues in The Red Room this summer with the premier of some new shows starring local talent, like Diana Villamonte and the amazing musical duo UsTwo; and the return of some of your 'Spotlight' favorites, including Trinity, Gabe Arcineaga and Emperatriz Valles.

Two Upcoming Winter Season Red Room Shows Make Act II Debuts
Diana Villamonte, Panamanian reality star, and musical duo 'UsTwo' hit the Red Room stage with Winter season preview shows.

"UsTwo" Makes Stage Debut in The Red Room
Saturdays, July 22 & 29 at 7:30 pm


Act II is excited to welcome the amazing musical duo, "UsTwo," for the first time on its stage on Saturday, July 22, at 7:30 pm. Although new to Act II, UsTwo is definitely NOT new to the music scene. The beautiful Noemi Plasencia is from Guadalajara and studied at the Conservatory of Music at the University of Guadalajara. Daniel Celis is from Cordoba, Veracruz and studied at the Conservatory of Music in Querétaro. Both Noemi and Daniel sang in various bands around Mexico, but in 2012, Noemi and Daniel discovered each other and melded their incredible talents, creating an amazing chemistry together!

UsTwo has performed in many parts of Mexico, as well as the United States and Canada. They specialize in singing re-mastered arrangements of classic favorites and are much in demand at many of the major hotels in Puerto Vallarta, including the Sheraton, Garza Blanca, Vidanta, the Marriott and the Four Seasons, among others.

People are raving about the absolute beauty of their sound.

Lynn from Calgary wrote, "As soon as Danny and Noemi started singing, mouths opened, jaws dropped, and people said, 'Wow!'"

Another fan said, "This show is sure to be a hit! Noemi and Daniel are a class act and have it all... they are both beautiful, talented, classy, and nice people, as well!"

"Motown and Beyond"
Starring Diana Villamonte
July 27, August 1 & 5 at 7:30 pm


We are so excited to present the amazing Diana Villamonte in the debut of her Red Room Cabaret Show for the winter season, "Motown and Beyond!" Her show is a musical tribute (in English) to the great ladies of Motown and Beyond, such as Diana Ross, Shirley Bassey, Whitney Houston, Anita Ward, Etta James, Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin and Donna Summer.

Diana has quite an extensive background as an artist. She sang her first solo at her aunt's wedding at the age of 3, and since then has studied music, ballet, modeling and theater. She entered her first singing competition at age 10 and also performed in several local plays.

In 2014, she won the Karaoke World Championship in Stockholm, Sweden, and was asked to participate in the Tokyo International Karaoke competition for the following two years. She sang as the "guest artist" at the competition in Singapore in 2015. Then, as a result of the notoriety she received after her karaoke successes, she was asked to star in a reality show on television in Central America. She now has a huge television following!

Diana was also a member of a band called "The Players" for two years at the Hard Rock Hotel Panama, has produced two singles, "Te Amo" and "Running," (available on YouTube), and just finished a stint as one of the main singers at the fabulous Rhythms of the Night.

Diana gained our attention as she competed in the Voice of Vallarta 2017. Each week, she demonstrated her amazing versatility as a musician, wowing the audience and judges with her singing ability and incredible stage presence, and she received perfect 10's almost every week.

This young lady is one of the most talented people we have ever met, and she is destined to be a huge star! We are beyond excited that Diana has agreed to perform here at Act II, so we invite you to come to the opening night of Motown and Beyond on Thursday, July 27 at 7:30 pm. Get your tickets at act2pv.com.

"Trinity" Returns!
August 3 at 7:30 pm


After opening to a huge audience last month, Act II's newest sensation, Trinity, returned triumphantly to The Red Room stage on July 20. What a wonderful show they had! Trinity, a musical group featuring the Voice of Vallarta winners from 2015, 2016 and 2017 showcases the talents of Ana Adame, Eli Estrada, and Emperatriz Valles! The Voice of Vallarta was created originally to find and cultivate local talent, then to give them the opportunity to create a cabaret show and perform in The Red Room. Trinity is the climax of that dream! Each of these girls is an artist in her own right, but when they come together, they create magic! Show producer, Alfonso Lopez, says "I am so proud of how far these girls have come since they each won Voice of Vallarta. In this new show, they have created a natural synergy between them, one that will thrill the audience!" This wonderful show features the girls in solos, duets, and trios, as well as lots of dancing and drama. Get your tickets today at act2pv.com.

"The Gabest Show on Earth" (FINAL SHOW!)
Thursday, August 10 at 7:30 pm

Gabe Arcineaga's new cabaret show, The Gabest Show on Earth, opened on June 15 to a very excited, sold-out audience! Gabe, the handsome and talented man that many will remember from his incredible singing performances in the Encore Room last season, as well as the lead role in 39 Steps, totally lived up to his promise of an incredible show! This theatrical triumph, which was produced, directed and co-written by the fabulous Alfonso Lopez, was filled with beautiful music, poignant stories, incredible comedy, exuberant dancing and lots of gossip about his days of touring with Charo! People were riveted to their seats and could not believe the amount of talent this man has! This show is one of the most talked about opening nights in recent history! In fact, immediately after the show, about half the audience purchased tickets for his next two shows! Gabe's final show is Thursday, August 10. Tickets are selling fast and are expected to sell out, so if you definitely plan on attending, we recommend that you get your tickets now at act2pv.com.

Emperatriz Valles' "Libre" is a Huge Hit!
Thursdays, August 17 & 24 at 7:30 pm
"The show not to miss this summer!" - Gary Beck


Emperatriz made her fabulous debut in The Red Room on Thursday, July 6, to a very excited and welcoming audience, and she was rewarded with a standing ovation! Her second show on July 13th was equally as good, if not better! Venezuelan recording artist Emperatriz Valles is the winner of Voice of Vallarta 2017, and is also a member of the now-famous musical group, "Trinity," which is comprised of the winners of Voice of Vallarta for 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Emperatriz is a native of Ciudad Bolívar, Venezuela, where she had a very successful career as a recording artist. Last year, she and her family moved to Puerto Vallarta, and Emperatriz was excited to learn about The Voice of Vallarta competition. She was an impressive contestant with a rich, velvety tone and soulful performances that captivated audiences and made her the undeniable winner of the entire competition!

In her cabaret show, Emperatriz performed alongside her famous husband, Alejandro Alcalá, who accompanied her on the acoustic guitar. She performed many Latin songs, some of them originals, that she had recorded in Venezuela. Emperatriz thrilled the audience with her incredible vocals and we look forward to working with her again in the future! For more information or to buy tickets, please go to act2pv.com.

This is all terribly exciting, but it's not all that's happening at Act II STAGES this Summer!

"Xanadu" Auditions
Come One, Come All!

Would you like to act? Well, now's your chance! Act II will be presenting the musical, Xanadu, which starts on January 6. We are holding private auditions to find the perfect people to play all roles. If this sounds like something you were 'born to do,' click HERE for a breakdown of the roles being cast and send an email to Danny at dannymininni(at)yahoo.com for an audition!

"El Estigma Ardiente" - Final Show!
Friday, July 21 at 8:00 pm


Dionisio Theater Group presents the final show of its new play El Estigma Ardiente ("The Burning Stigma") on July 21 on The Main Stage of Act II Entertainment. This play, spoken in Spanish, and suitable only for adults, tells the story of a priest accused of abusing two children. Starring in the play is our very own Juan Pablo Hernandez, who has been performing in the popular show, Divas de Rancho, and Cesar Bravo, an award-winning local actor. It is directed by Juan Carlos Ramirez, who is also a member of Divas de Rancho.

This is the sixth play of the Dionisio Theater Group. The troupe will celebrate its fifth anniversary this year. The members of this group have won several awards in past theater endeavors here in the state of Jalisco. It's successful show of two years, Divas de Rancho, is also planning its final show of the second season in the city of Guadalajara before the opening of the third installment. Dates to be announced soon.

Don't miss the last performance of "El Estigma Ardiente" on July 21 at 8:00 pm. For more information, please contact Juan Pablo Hernandez at juan_pablo_h(at)hotmail.com.

Bob's Famous Karaoke Party
Every Wednesday Night

Join us every Wednesday evening for the most fun of the week! Drink specials run from 6:00 pm till 9:00 pm, with Free Karaoke starting at 8:00 pm. Our beautiful Encore Lounge is air-conditioned, and we feature the best Karaoke in town! It's the place where all of your favorite singers from your favorite shows come to sing with the locals. It doesn't matter if you are scared to get on the stage, if you're not a good singer, or if you just want to come and listen to others sing, come this Wednesday evening and join your hosts, Alfonso Lopez, Maria Rose and Marsha Ross for a night of great fun! Bob's Karaoke is THE PLACE to meet and greet other people, and to get to know your fellow PV expats.

Act II Opening Night Season Ticket Passes Go on Sale September 1st

The most sought-after hot ticket item is the ACT II OPENING NIGHT PASS, which allows pass holders to be a part of the opening night magic, and includes:

» 30+ Opening Night Shows at a discount of up to 50%!
» All Opening Night Parties
» VIP seating

The VIP OPENING NIGHT PASS Holder is even better! You will get first seating all year long, as well as discounts at the Bar.

So, if you'd like to be a part of Act II's "in" crowd, register with Act II Entertainment today! It's easy. Go to the Act II Facebook group page and LIKE the page. After that, ask to put into the VIP group. You will be contacted when the passes go on sale. (Only 50 passes are sold each year, and the first 30 passes are already reserved - so act fast!)

Tickets to all shows can be purchased online at actiientertainment.com, or at the box office, which opens at 4 pm on show days. Don't have a credit card? Now you can buy your tickets through Cupocity at OXXO!

The Act II Entertainment STAGES complex is located on the corner of Insurgentes and Basilio Badillo on the South side of Puerto Vallarta. For more information, call (322) 222-1512, or follow Act II on Facebook. Click HERE to see what else is playing at Act II STAGES.