Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - 'Gabelicious' was discussed as a possible title for Gabe Arcineaga's new show at Act II Stages, but 'The Gabest Show on Earth, 2.0' was chosen as it is a follow-up to his triumphant 'The Gabest Show on Earth,' which thrilled sold-out audiences when it debuted as part of the 2017 Summer series, 'Spotlight on Vallarta.'
Gabe developed his following quickly after moving here from California with much stage experience. He was cast here in 39 Steps, It's a Wonderful Life, and was terrific with his portrayal of "Dr. Frankenfurter" in Rocky Horror Show. Then, he took on the stage solo and audiences raved about his friendly personality, polished moves and impressive vocals.
On February 22, Gabe's opening night, Sandy D and guitarist-producer Don Pope entered The Red Room to highlight their hit show, "The Divine Miss M," a musical tribute to Bette Midler. She sang a raucous double-entendre Dr. Feelgood, her dentist "who thrills her when he drills her aching cavity." She displayed her vocal prowess showcasing a strong show of great songs.
Then, seemingly like a fiery rocket shot from the booster, Gabe literally bounced onto the stage so happy to be debuting his new show, which has said he has spent the last seven months writing, editing and choosing appropriate songs.
Freedom was his opening number choice and he set the stage for this evening. What he was about to give was a deeply emotional performance, featuring a wide range of tunes to accompany his dancing across the stage, posing when he wished. This man is a genuine performer, an artist who is always growing and seeking new avenues, some of which are risky. But he said that is the way he wants his life to be described. "To know where you are going you have to know from where you came," he said.
He chatted about when he stopped being controlled by a song's melody and delve into the words he was singing. These lyrics often touched him and started him on his writing career years ago. He likens himself to a storyteller who takes the audience along on the journey. Early on, he watched Sammy Davis Jr. wearing a top hat on television, singing Mr. Bojangles. What struck him was that the words were at the forefront and made the performance all the more special as he listened to the story being told.
Gabe continued with a hard rocking Sly song, I Want To Take You Higher. When he sang Baby Light My Fire, the crowd went wild for his pulsating rhythmic movements and captivating vocals.
Nobody Knows You [When You're Down and Out] was a sad twist on the life of an entertainer, which Gabe can relate to from his six years performing as a back-up dancer for Charro. "Without the hits and exposure," he said, "a person can fade into the darkness." The packed room could emphasize with the disappointments. Not for Gabe though as he has succeeded and grown into a top talented artist that people flock to see.
He slowed down Paul Simon's Sound of Silence, which allowed the listeners to hear each word and understand their importance. He stated so many people wish to live a quiet life and not expound to improve themselves. The silence is deafening. Gabe acknowledged James Taylor for the next song, although Elvis included it in his show repertoire, Steamroller Blues. He exuded the lowdown bluesy soul of the composition and the response was uniformly exuberant.
Maria Rose joined Gabe on stage, looking (and sounding) as lovely as ever. The two singers presented a grand rendition of a song from the Stevie Wonder collection, Signed, Sealed, Delivered. The choreography was delightful as they interacted with each other, taking lines of the song, back and forth. This event could become a complete run of its own.
Gabe loves the fabulous duets by two superstar singers and chose Endless Love by Lionel Ritchie and Diana Ross. He miraculously sang both parts, back and forth, sounding so very much like either singer. The classic tune was sung beautifully and elicited some tears from the crowd.
He was compelled to give moving tribute to a major influencing icon, "The King," Elvis Presley. Of a thousand tunes, he chose the glorious "American Trilogy," three emotionally patriotic compositions mashed-up. Gabe got lost in the words, and when he surfaced, the audience gave him a standing ovation.
Given that this is Mexico, Gabe serenaded the audience with a Spanish tune popularized by Neil Diamond, Canta Libre, pulling the words from the melody and placed them openly for all people to enjoy and understand: 'And I got music running in my brain, every song with its own kind of meaning.'
A song by Bob Seger lifted everyone into a fun-filled finale with his interpretation of "Old Time Rock n Roll." Gabe possessed it and sent out the musical vibes of love and happiness to wrap up the first performance of this all-new show, which was produced, directed and co-written by Alfonso López.
You only have four more chances to see "The Gabest Show on Earth, 2.0" - on March 1, 4, 8 and 11 at 5:00 pm. If you want to see this show, you need to get your tickets now. All of Gabe's shows sell out quickly. Don't miss out on the opportunity to experience the talents of this incredibly fascinating man! Click HERE to buy your tickets online at act2pv.com.
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Tickets to all shows can be purchased online at actiientertainment.com, at the box office, which is open daily from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm.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.