By Claire DeMarco
Mexican actor and singer Mauricio Martínez excited Pittsburgh audiences at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Cabaret Series on Monday, October 2 at the Greer Cabaret Theater. Well-known in his native Mexico, Martínez has also made inroads in the theater world here in the States.
An Enemy-winning performer, Martínez blended a combination of hit Broadway tunes with a dash of comedy and delightful interaction with the audience.
Martínez’s introduction on stage began with a montage of pre-recorded video clips from his Sizzle Reel (video clips performers use as an audition tool) that highlighted his humor.
His choice of musical numbers covered many wonderful Broadway shows. Selections from decades of musicals included “One Night Only” (“Dreamgirls”), “The Impossible Dream” (“Man of La Mancha”), “If Ever I Should Leave You” (“Camelot”), “Another Hundred People” (“Company”), and “You’ll Be Back” (“Hamilton”).
Martínez dedicated a song to his mom who absolutely adores “The Phantom of the Opera.” It’s her wish that her son plays that role someday. The song “The Music of the Night,” a moving song in English is absolutely beautiful sung in Spanish.
Martínez had excellent accompaniment by Pianist and Musical Director, Brian Nash.
It was a wonderful evening with a multi-talented singer and performer.
The next production in the Greer Cabaret Series is “Meow Meow”, Monday, November 6. For more information, click here. or check out “Tick…Tick…Boom” running in the same space until October 22. For information about that show, click here.