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What's Happening This Week - and Beyond! - at Act II

August 16, 2019

Act II is holding singing, acting and dancing auditions for Kimberly LaRue's Follies on Saturday, August 24 at 2 pm. If you would like more information, or are interested in auditioning, email marsha(at)

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - Summer is flying by and shows no sign of slowing down at Act II Stages, where you can hear some of Puerto Vallarta's best voices or sing a song at Bob's Karaoke Party; watch a hilarious stage play (in Spanish), or audition for one of their upcomng Winter season shows.

Preparations continue for the best season of entertainment this town has ever seen, with many of your favorites returning, and some fabulous new shows coming to Act II Stages for the 2019/2020 season, which kicks off on October 29 with Mamma Mia!


Act II is delighted to announce the opening night of Vallarta's largest Broadway musical production, Mamma Mia, on Tuesday, October 29. This show has been a long-time dream of Act II, and they can hardly wait to see their dream finally come to fruition!

Producers Alfonso Lopez and Danny Mininni have announced that, after leaving the creative team absolutely speechless during her audition, the beautiful and talented Ximena Peña Esparza has landed the lead role of "Sophie." Ximena has been a "fixture" at Act II since she appeared, at age 12, in A Chorus Line, Act II's very first production six years ago!

Since then she has been in many other Act II productions. Ximena is in her last year of high school at UNIVA Vallarta, and is thrilled to be playing the iconic "Sophie." She is a perfect example of how dreams can be fulfilled if you combine them with hope, determination, effort and a natural talent.

Starring as "Donna," is one of Act II's favorite actors, Stephanie Wright Watts. A native of Maryland, Stephanie has lived in Puerto Vallarta for the past nine years and has appeared in numerous productions at Act II, including A Chorus Line, Murder Comedy Mysteries of 1940, Equus, Who's Line is it Anyway, and Cinderella. She and her husband own two local businesses, Agave Villas (luxury villa vacation rentals) and the restaurant, Los Muertos Brewing Company, and Stephanie is looking forward to working with this amazing cast!

Act II is proud to welcome two more talented young actors to the cast, including 16-year old Layla Bloch, in her first role, playing "Lisa," and 12-year old Isabela Orlando, who will be one of the ensemble members. Isabel is now the same age that the talented Ximena Peña Esparza was when she first appeared onstage at Act II Entertainment Stages.

Danny Mininni said, "I could not be more excited to welcome so many young people to our stage. It was the arts that saved me from the fate of my four siblings before me! It kept me interested in school and made me the first Mininni in history to not only graduate high school, but to go on to college. Keeping the arts in schools has always been something that I fought for when I lived in the United States, and I am proud that Act II Entertainment can continue in that passion."

So, SAVE THE DATE! Mamma Mia opens October 29! It will begin with a spectacular "White Party," where attendees will be invited to wear all white.


Act II's Summer Concert Series has been a great boon to the summer entertainment that's available in Puerto Vallarta! Each year, Act II has used the summer season to promote some of the incredible talent of people that live here in the Banderas Bay area. The Summer Concert Series comes to an end this week with the 2019 Best Band award winner, Us Two and their LIVE BAND.

"The Best of Us Two"
Oldies from ALL of Us Two's Shows!
Thursday, August 22 - 8:00 pm

For the past two years, the musical duo, Us Two, has been performing at Act II twice a week. They have performed FIVE DIFFERENT SHOWS! This one-night extravaganza will feature the "best of the best" hits from ALL of their shows, including audience favorites from the 80's & 90's, ABBA, Elton John, Country and Acoustic music. No matter what the genre is, Us Two always brings its best in the form of song and dance, rock and roll, fun and games and humor and chat, all bundled into a 90-minute Vegas-style show. Tickets are available at

Week of August 16 - August 24, 2019

Fabulous Friday, August 16
8:30 pm - "El Ornitorrinco," an adult stage play, in Spanish (Extended by popular demand!)

Super Saturday, August 17
9:30 pm - "Las Anecdotas del Miembro," a hilarious adult comedy about the penis (performed in Spanish)

Terrific Tuesday, August 20
8:00 pm - "Bob's Karaoke Party," the best Karaoke Night in town - and no cover charge!

Wonderful Wednesday, August 21
7:30 pm - "Best of ABBA & Elton John," featuring 2019 Best Band award winner, Us Two and their LIVE BAND

Tantalizing Thursday, August 15
8:00 pm - Summer Concert Series: "The Best of Us Two," featuring the best of the best oldies from all of Us Two's shows!

Fabulous Friday, August 23
8:30 pm - "El Ornitorrinco," an adult stage play, in Spanish (FINAL SHOW!)

Super Saturday, August 24
2:00 pm – "Kimberly LaRue's Follies" Auditions
Singing, dancing, acting roles available! For information, contact marsha(at)


Bob's Karaoke Party
"One of Act II's most popular events"
Every Tuesday - 8:00 to 12:00 pm
Happy Hour - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
No Cover Charge

Bob's Karaoke Party is the most popular, most welcoming and most FUN karaoke night in the Banderas Bay area. Happy Hour Drink Specials are offered from 6:00-8:00 pm, and free karaoke begins at 8:00 pm. Our beautiful Encore Lounge has a fully-stocked, air-conditioned bar, and features the BEST KARAOKE in town! It's the place where many of your favorite singers/actors from your favorite shows pop in to sing with the locals.

We love for everyone to get the chance to sing. It doesn't matter if you are by yourself or are afraid to get up on the stage.... You are totally welcome to just drop in and listen to other people sing, while you relax in the friendly, welcoming atmosphere... and make new friends! Plus, many aspiring actors that are now appearing in Act II's productions have been "discovered" at Act II's Karaoke Party.

We invite you to join your hosts, Marsha Ward Ross and Danny Mininni, every Tuesday evening during the summer for a totally fun and COOL evening!

"The Best of ABBA and Elton John"
featuring Us Two (and their LIVE BAND)
Winner, "Best Band 2019"
Every Wednesday - 7:30 pm
Tickets are available at

After its incredibly successful, SOLD-OUT RUN this year, Us Two is thrilled to be able to present their #1 show, "The Best of ABBA and Elton John" during the summer season!

In a musical tribute to the timeless music of two unforgettable acts, ABBA and Elton John, which began in the 1970’s, Us Two will perform songs that you remember, such as Mama Mia, Dancing Queen, Chiquitita, Sad Song, Candle in the Wind, Rocket Man, and more. Their repertoire changes with each performance, but these amazing vocalists (and their band) will treat you to an unforgettable evening of music!

ABBA and its flamboyant costumes and catchy music, is considered to be one of the top musical groups in history, having sold over 500 million albums! Elton John first became famous for his oversize glasses and outrageous outfits, but his enduring popularity and incredible talent have earned him five Grammy awards, induction into the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame, and sales of over 300 million albums! Together, these two acts epitomized the soft rock/pop musical sounds that became hugely popular in the 70's, and is still loved around the world today.

"The Best of ABBA and Elton John," show has propelled Us Two into the #1 spot in Puerto Vallarta entertainment! Shows sell out - get your tickets NOW at!

"El Ornitorrinco" (The Platypus)
Comedia Sexual... MUY Sexual (A Sexual Comedy... VERY Sexual)
Produced by Eureka Productions
Recommended for Adults Only
(Performed in Spanish)
Extended 2 Weeks By Popular Demand! - Fridays, August 16 & 23 at 8:30 pm

"El Ornitorrinco" es una obra sobre las relaciones de pareja en los tiempos de redes sociales posmodernismo. Cuenta la historia de Ana y Paco, quienes tienen una relación de varios años. Ana está trabajando en su tesis sobre el ornitorrinco, un curioso animal inclasificable y exótico.

Paco rompe la cotidianidad de la relación cuando le plantea a Ana la posibilidad de abrir la pareja. Esto desencadena una discusión en torno a esos deseos de experimentación, y se plantean la posibilidad de experimentar en el campo sexual, redescubriendo sus pasiones, miedos y realidades, como la infidelidad. Presentando por Nixtehá Sosa, Andres Vázquez, Omar Lucian, Alberto Sosa, & José Esqueda y dirigido por Adriana Millán.

Translation: "The Platypus" is a hilarious work about relationships in postmodern social networks. It begins with the story of Ana and Paco, who have had a loving, but boring relationship for several years. Ana is a student, working on her thesis about the platypus, a curious, unclassifiable and exotic animal. Paco decides to add some excitement when he asks Ana about the possibility of having an open relationship. This triggers a discussion around their desires for experimentation, and poses the possibility of how infidelity could help them rediscover their passions, fears and realities. Featuring Nixtehá Sosa, Andres Vázquez, Omar Lucian, Alberto Sosa, and José Esqueda, "El Ornitorrinco" is directed by Adriana Millán.

"Las Anecdotas del Miembro"
Una comedia de el Pene (A Comedy about the Penis)
Produced by Grupo de Teatro Dionicio
Show Dates: Saturdays - August 17 & 24 - 9:30 pm
Tickets are available now at

"Las Anecdotas del Miembro" es un comedia de monólogos cortos en los que el protagonista es el pene. A través de estas historias conocemos los tabúes, los retos y hasta los penes más famosos de la historia! Recomendado solo para adultos. (Realizado en español)

Translation: "The Anecdotes del Miembro" is a comedy of short monologues in which the protagonist is the penis. Through these stories we learn about the taboos, the challenges, and even MORE about the most famous penises in history! Recommended for Adults Only. (Performed in Spanish)


Act II is holding singing, acting and dancing auditions for Kimberly LaRue's Follies on Saturday, August 24 at 2:00 pm. If you would like more information, or are interested in auditioning, contact Marsha Ward Ross at marsha(at)

The Act II Entertainment STAGES complex is located on the corner of Insurgentes and Basilio Badillo on the South side of Puerto Vallarta. Tickets can be purchased online at, or at the box office, which opens at 4:00 pm on show days. For more information, call (322) 222-1512, or follow Act II on Facebook.
Click HERE to learn more about Act II STAGES.