There’s a saying in show business, “The show must go on.” This doesn’t ring any truer than with Las Vegas’ own Anne Martinez.
One of the most respected, well-liked, and hardest working entertainers on the planet, Anne is the epitome of “The show must go on.”
When asked for a quote about Anne Martinez, Vegas headliner and one of the Strip’s biggest attractions, Chris Phillips aka Zowie Bowie, said: “Anne is without question, one of the most incredible all around mega talents Las Vegas has to offer. Between her razor sharp vocal perfection, her unbridled abundance of child-like energy and her stunningly gorgeous face with those animated Disney eyes, she has established herself as the ultimate Vegas singing superhero.”
The Rochester, N.Y., native started performing professionally as a ballerina at the young age of eight. She graduated magna cum laude from SUNY Fredonia with a BFA in acting and an MFA from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
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This multi-talented lady has theater credits spanning from New York to the United Kingdom, starring in such known productions as “Pippin,” “Miss Saigon,” “Cinderella” and “The Who’s Tommy” just to name a few. She has toured North America as a vocalist with such big names as Engelbert Humperdinck and John Payne/Lou Gramm.
After tackling the cruise ship circuit, she then joined her husband, traveling across the country to Las Vegas, where he was offered a job with the production show, “O.” In her first week in town on her very first audition, she was offered a starring role in the show “Bite.”
Making her name as one of the Strip’s most masterful performers, Martinez has graced the stages of Strip locales the Palazzo, SLS, Bally’s, Stratosphere, PH, Wynn and the Luxor in hit shows “BAZ,” “Totally Outrageous Brunch,” “Jubilee!,” “Pin Up,” “50 Shades The Musical,” “Dancing Queen,” “Electric Candy,” “World’s Greatest Rock Show,” “Showstoppers,” “Zombie Burlesque” and “Alice; A Steampunk Concert Fantasy” among others.
When asked about the current health situation and how it has effected Las Vegas and its entertainers, Anne said:
“This is an extremely difficult time in which it is hard to set goals with no end game in sight. I have watched people struggle and this has inspired me to work, be creative, and expand my mind.
“This is truly bittersweet for me as I have had time to spend with my husband and our fur babies. But for my entertainment friends, it has been tough. I feel as artists and human beings, we must be supportive and help one another.”
Once the showroom lights are fully turned back on in Vegas, Anne can be seen every week at the Luxor Hotel & Casino in both, “Fantasy” and “The Terry Bradshaw Show.” Between these shows, she also tours internationally with her solo show “The Queen of Hearts.”
In what started as a one-time gig months ago, has now turned into a regular appearance due to popular demand, Anne can be seen every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 2-6 p.m. at St. Mark’s Square inside The Venetian Las Vegas. She is joined by Peter Fand, John Wedemeyer and Michael J. Moreno. Together, they make up the very popular “Red Penny Arcade.”
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RPA delivers a huge range of old classics right up to today’s hits, described as jazzy with a wink. Dates are scheduled through September with a likely extension.
There are a few other upcoming appearances/shows Anne is excited about. She will be joined by the long- awaited pairing with Lisa Marie Smith (BAZ, Pin Up) in introducing their new production, “ROUX.” With arrangements spanning rock, jazz, emo, electro pop, folk, to musical theatre, ROUX will keep you guessing to what you’ll experience next.
This innovative and versatile concert performance will be backed by some of the best musicians in the business. This unique event will bring together older and younger generations with classic music along with a DJ twist. This Live Steam event takes place September 19 from 6-7 p.m. PT for just $20. Tickets and event information can be found at www.thespacelv.com and [email protected].
She can also be experienced live and in person at the famed intimate The Vegas Room this Fall. Event information can be found at www.thevegasroom.com.
If this wasn’t enough, this jack-of-all-trades will be introducing a costume line called, “Saint Showgirl.” She is designing and creating one-of-a-kind, beautiful and sexy couture for women. She is making pieces for performers and entertainers, spanning from burlesque to showgirls and everything in between. Her “Vegas feel” designs are so in demand, a website is coming.
You can follow Anne Martinez on her instagram at “Annemartinezlv” or her facebook page, “Anne Martinez.”