Puerto Vallarta’s art scene has always been a key part of the city. From its multiple art galleries, to its dance and music schools to its hundreds of outdoor artworks, art is everywhere in Puerto Vallarta. In the past three years, this art scene has also grown to include the theater arts.
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Act II Entertainment Stages opened in 2013 and has become one of the most important homes for the theater world of Puerto Vallarta. Located in the heart of the Romantic Zone, the entertainment complex presents internationally acclaimed musicals such as the Tony Award Winner Avenue Q and comedy shows from the likes of Hedda Lettuce, Jai Rodriguez and others. The 80-seat theater also works with new generations of theater artists and provides arts education programs that promote life-long learning to a diverse.
The Palm, also located in the Romantic Zone features eclectic cabaret entertainment and features artists from Mexico, Argentina, the USA and Canada, including performance by Leslie Jordan, Kim Kuzma, Miss Conception. It is open from November to April, 7 nights per week with two shows per night. In the Hotel Zone, theater aficionados will find the Las Vegas production, The King, inspired by King of Pop, Michael Jackson’s music catalogue plays every Friday at night club Xtine.
Theater goers looking for an authentic-Mexican experience can find it in the Viva Tequila experience which is housed at Teatro Vallarta. It includes a trolley tour of the downtown, a tequila tasting and a performance of traditional folkloric dances from around Mexico. Head to the hills of the Sierra Madre for Canopy River’s Fiesta in the Mountains where hills come alive with Mexican culture in a traditional Mexican fair complete with a donkey bar, food, tequila tasting, margaritas, mule rides, a mechanical bull, and performances by a Mariachi and Folkloric ballet.
For a modern interpretation of Mexican culture, visitors should not miss Puerto Vallarta’s most popular theater production: Vallarta Adventure’s Rhythms of the Night. Take a boat ride to Las Caletas, John Houston’s home while he lived in Puerto Vallarta, for this hypnotic and exhilarating spectacle which portrays the stories of an ancient civilization through live music and modern dance. After the show, end a perfect evening with a nightcap and dancing beneath the stars on the short cruise back to Puerto Vallarta proper.
Additional information on Puerto Vallarta is available at www.visitpuertovallarta.com