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'Avenue Q,' Music, Dance, Drag & More at Act II Stages

May 10, 2019

Act II STAGES is located in the Romantic Zone at the corner of Insurgentes and Basilio Badillo on the south side of Puerto Vallarta. For more information, call 222-1512, or visit Act II's website or Facebook page.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - As the #1 performing arts venue in Banderas Bay, Act II is THE PLACE to go for live entertainment in Puerto Vallarta. Featuring the hit Broadway musical, Avenue Q, along with the best in cabaret, music, dance, and drag shows, there is definitely something for everyone at Stages.


No, that was NOT an earthquake that rocked Old Town Monday night, it was the opening night of Avenue Q! Act II's production of the Broadway hit musical opened on May 6th to thunderous applause, cheers and standing ovations. Here's what some people had to say after attending the show's opening:

"Yes, I thoroughly enjoyed, laughed until I cried, and I'm a sucker for happy endings - I've seen this show countless times before, in Ogunquit, Maine; New York City (it just finally closed in NYC on Sunday, I think). This performance rivaled the Best of them. I will definitely see it again and bring friends next season when it goes 'full-time'" - Dennis Crow

"Opening Night for Avenue Q was right on target. Each puppet (character) showed total professionalism. This is a Very Happy, Uplifting, show that the audience showed such Amazing Love for. Great Direction by the Awesome Alfonso López. The singing was Amazing with Strong Voices and performances by each cast member. A Huge Round of Applause for a Fantastic Show so very well performed." - David Wilhoit

"This is THE Event." - Gary Beck

"Another smash hit! The audience loved this great production. ACT II knocks it out if the park again. What fun!" - Tom Bernes

"I saw this show many times during its run two years ago, and loved it! But in last night's opening show, Avenue Q was taken to a whole new level! It was masterfully done! The actors actually made you lose track of whether you were looking at puppets or actors! It's incredible to believe they could accomplish this, especially on an opening night! I, and the rest of the audience, broke out in laughter and applause so often that the intermission came before we even realized it! We were totally engrossed with the energy, the wonderful singing, and the constant movement of the actors and puppets around the stage. There is something for everyone in this show! It's funny, it's sad, it's poignant, and we can all relate to each of the actors and their story. I haven't laughed so hard in a long time! It was a fun, fun evening!" - Howard Ross

As you can see, Puerto Vallarta is delighted that this hilarious, laugh-out-loud American musical has returned to the Act II stage! The audience on opening night screamed and hollered and laughed its way through the entire show! The new cast (which includes some of the originals) was spot on, and absolutely won the hearts of the audience! Avenue Q will be playing on The Main Stage at 7:00 pm every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday through May 25. Get your tickets now at, so you don't miss it!


In the tradition of Avenue Q, money is being raised for a great cause again! The Act II Emergency Fund was the brainchild of Danny Mininni last year, when everyone in town was scrambling to raise money for an emergency. Danny decided to create an official emergency fund so that money is available quickly, when it is needed on an emergency basis. This fund will be managed by local residents, Tom Bernes, Bert Ramirez and Marsha Ward Ross. Act II and Danny Mininni will raise the money, but will not be involved with decisions on how the monies are disbursed. Thank you, Act II, for always thinking ahead and always being ready to help the community!


Act II's fabulous "Spring Season" is going strong, with lots of entertainment options to enjoy! Recently named the "Best Performing Arts Venue in Banderas Bay" for the second year in a row by Vallarta Tribune readers, and the "#1 Entertainment Venue" by TripAdvisor, Act II continues to enthrall audiences with its exciting Spring season of entertainment. Many of these shows sell out, so check the schedule below and get your tickets now so you don't miss them! Tickets are available today at, and at our box office, which opens at 3:00 pm on show days.


"The Rainbow Connection"
featuring The Puerto Vallarta Gay Men's Chorus
Sunday, May 19 - 8:00 pm

The Puerto Vallarta Gay Men's Chorus (PVGMC) kicks off Puerto Vallarta's 2019 Pride Week at Act II with its 7th annual Pride Week concert, "The Rainbow Connection."

This amazing group of singers is excited to perform many well-known songs from movies, including several Oscar-nominated and Oscar-winning favorites, such as "Time of My Life" (Dirty Dancing), "Rainbow Connection" (The Muppet Movie), "Recuérdame" (Coco), "My Heart Will Go On" (Titanic), "Shallow" (A Star is Born), and many more!

Artistic Director, Derek Carkner says, "I have always loved soundtracks and songs from movies! Whether a song reminds you of a specific scene in a film, or triggers a certain cinematic memory, the power of the soundtracks is what we want to celebrate! I am excited to be able to share these beautiful choral arrangements with our audience!" The PVGMC will be joined by fabulous guest artists, Joby Hernandez and Hedda Lettuce!

Now in its 7th year, the PVGMC is a bilingual, cross-cultural chorus with members from Mexico, Canada and the United States. It was the first organization of its kind in Mexico and all of Latin America and is a proud member of GALA Choruses, a worldwide organization that represents over 8,000 singers and over 170 choruses around the world!

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Derek Carkner, it has elevated its performance standard and has built bridges of understanding, acceptance and love! It has also created renewed awareness and appreciation of music across all of Banderas Bay. Tickets are available at, or at the box office, which opens at 3:00 pm on show days.

"Encuentros de Danza"
A Dance Extravaganza with Kimberly LaRue and dancers from her NYC studio & Vallarta
Sunday, May 26 – 8:00 pm

Act II is thrilled to announce the return of NYC dancer (and Puerto Vallarta resident), Kimberly LaRue, in a ONE-NIGHT ONLY reprise of her incredible show, Encuentros de Danza, featuring a group of professional NYC dancers from her Upper West Side studio, "Bridge for Dance," who will join dancers from Puerto Vallarta.

This show includes a variety of dance genres, like contemporary ballet, modern, tap, urban street dance, and theatrical jazz. It will be inspiring, uplifting, entertaining, and especially exciting for local dancers who'll have the opportunity to work with "The Pros!"

Kimberly is a New York City-based dance professional, who has choreographed and performed in many NYC musical theater productions, as well as contemporary and improvisational works for the stage. Her affiliations include Columbia University Creative Arts Lab, Actors Studio New School, Joffrey Downtown, Broadway Dance Center, Actors Workshop, Harkness Dance Center 92nd St.Y, and Steps on Broadway.

She is joined by Joamer Gonzalez, who has numerous performance and choreography credits, including work for Univision, Telemundo, Arthur Aviles, Doug Elkins and Grammy award winner Giselle, Ana Vasquez/Miguel Martinez, both professional dancers, who have N'MOVIMIENTO dance studio in Vallarta; and Salvador Luna, who has worked with Teatro Vallarta in the past, and has recently formed his own production company and will be working throughout Mexico.

Five years ago, Kimberly choreographed Act II's very first production, A Chorus Line, as well as the first Encuentros de Danza. She also choreographed an outdoor theatrical/dance event for "Dia De Los Innocentes," and the fun and fabulous PV Flash Mob! Kim is a fabulous dancer and choreographer and is looking forward to spending more time in Puerto Vallarta. Act II is thrilled to welcome her back and really hopes that you will come and see this beautiful dance program.

Week of May 10 - May 17, 2019

7:30 pm - PV's #1 Songstress, Diana Villamonte - "I Will Always Love You," a Whitney Houston Tribute. (PV's #1 show for the past two years! Sells out every week!)

9:30 pm - Hedda Lettuce, starring in "Gringa in Paradise" (Winner of Best Drag Show 2017/2018)

7:00 pm - "Avenue Q," the #1 Musical Ever Presented in Vallarta!

7:30 pm - "Best of ABBA & Elton," starring Us Two and their LIVE BAND (2017/2018 Winner, Best Musical Group)

7:00 pm - "Avenue Q," the #1 Musical Ever Presented in Vallarta!

7:30 pm - "More Motown & Beyond," starring Diana Villamonte (Winner of Best Solo Red Room Performer 2017/2018)

7:00 pm - "Avenue Q," the #1 Musical Ever Presented in Vallarta!

7:30 pm - PV's #1 Songstress, Diana Villamonte - "I Will Always Love You," a Whitney Houston Tribute. (PV's #1 show for the past two years! Sells out every week!)

9:30 pm - Hedda Lettuce, starring in "Gringa in Paradise" (Winner of Best Drag Show 2017/2018)


"Avenue Q"
Puerto Vallarta's #1 Musical - EVER!
Directed by Alfonso López
May 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22 & 25 - 7:00 pm
Click HERE for show description

Diana Villamonte's "I Will Always Love You"
A Musical Tribute to Whitney Houston, featuring PV's #1 Star
Produced by Act II Entertainment
Every Friday at 7:30 pm (Through May 24)
Click HERE for show description.

Hedda Lettuce - "Gringa In Paradise"
Winner Funniest Drag show 2017 - 2018
Hedda Lettuce's smorgasboard of live comedy, songs, and stand-up improvisations
Every Friday - 9:30 pm (Through May 24)
Click HERE for show description and review.

"More Motown & Beyond"
Starring 'Voice of Mexico' Star, Diana Villamonte
All new Songs, with all the same talent!
Directed by Alfonso Lopez
Every Monday at 7:30 pm through May 27
WARNING! Diana Villamonte shows sell out quickly - Get your tickets NOW!
Click HERE for show description.

US Two - "The Best of ABBA & Elton"
A musical tribute to ABBA and Elton John, featuring UsTwo and their LIVE BAND
Every Sunday - 7:30 pm (Through May 23)
Click HERE for show description.

Actor? Dancer? Singer? Act II is still casting for next season's shows. Contact Marsha Ward Ross at act2entertainmentproductions(at)

Act II is very proud of its talent this year and invites you to come and experience one (or two or three) shows for yourself!

Tickets to all shows can be purchased online at, or at the box office, which opens at 3:00 pm on show days.

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.