Helmed by the Mexican press as one of the most versatile & complete artists of his generation, Mauricio Martinez is one of the few performers in Mexico and Latin America who has captivated and taken theater audiences by storm in breakthrough and award winning performances of important roles such as The Beast in Disney´s Beauty & The Beast, Tony Manero in the West End Musical Saturday Night Fever, Robert Martin in The Drowsy Chaperone, Vittorio Vital in Sweet Charity and as the Italian heartthrob Rodolpho in an all-star production of Arthur Miller´s timeless classic A View From The Bridge.
This summer Mauricio will star in the world premiere of Children Of Salt, the first original Mexican musical to hit the New York Stage, as part of the 14th New York Musical Festival.
Mauricio returns to New York City almost 2 decades after graduating from The American Musical And Dramatic Academy.
The Monterrey born performer was one of the original cast members in the original readings of the Off Broadway Musical “4 Guys Named José and Una Mujer Llamada María” back in 1999 (which then went to become a hit in New York in 2000).
Going back and forth from TV, music & theater, Martinez seems to have a love affair with the stage, for it is there where he’s definitely the most comfortable and where he keeps returning to receive critical acclaim. Proof of that are his starring roles in Ciudad Blanca (an original mexican musical composed by Latinamerica´s most prestigious composer: Armando Manzanero) as well as limited engagements of Gardner McKay´s pshycological thriller “Toyer”, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar (Jesus), Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years and the award winning premiere spanish version of Mark Campbell´s Off-Broadway Musical Monologue Songs From An Unmade Bed. He has also guest starred in Mentiras, Mexico’s longest running musical of all time, which is now on its 8th year.
His solo debut album, “Desde 1978″, debuted at Number 1 in the fall of 2012 in Mexico´s top Digital Music Download Site and his follow up album, “Lado B” recently reached gold sales and has remained on the charts in iTunes Wordwide since its 2014 release. Both albums were produced by Mauricio and Latin Grammy winner Memo Gil.
In television, Mauricio is currently starring in the US as Marcos Gutierrez, the King of Regional Mexican Music, in NBC Universo’s original series “El Vato”. This is a historic show because it’s the first time an American network produces an original tv series for the Hispanic audience that lives in the US. The show broke the network’s records and has just been picked up for a second season next year.
Mauricio was recently seen playing ‘Agent Javier Ferraro”, the DEA chief in the hit telenovela “Señora Acero 2” for Telemundo, also seen in the US.
His television debut was in “Operación Triunfo México” (the mexican version of American Idol), where not only did he become one of the audience’s favorite contestants but a household name in his country. The show’s soundtrack sold over 1 million albums. Other TV credits include Mexico´s Dancing with The Stars (“Bailando Por Un Sueño”) and the telenovelas (Mexican soap operas) “CLAP: The Place Of Your Dreams”, “La Mujer Del Vendaval” and the series “Nueva Vida” & “Mujer”, all produced by Televisa. All of Televisa’s productions air in the US on Univision Channel and are seen in over 60 countries around the world.
Mauricio has also appeared on the films “Xibalbà” (Lanzcyner Films), “A La Mala” (Videocine) and “Species: The Awakening” (MGM).
Be it theater, television, film or music, Mauricio Martínez enjoys one of the most complete careers in entertainment today and is one of the most prolific Latin artists.