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Ricky Martin waited for the right time to take the Vegas stage

Martin hammered out the details for his Park Theater show while finishing his One World Tour last year.
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Ricky Martin began his All In residency show at the Park Theater at Monte Carlo this week, a natural fit for an international pop music phenomenon whose tours have always stopped in Las Vegas.

But despite the growth of similar headlining productions along the Las Vegas Strip, the timing had to be perfect for this new show. Vegas might have been ready for Martin—who will also perform May 5 and 6 at MGM Resorts new live entertainment venue on the East Coast, the Theater at MGM National Harbor in Maryland—but he had to be ready for Vegas, too.

“I was offered a residency in 2000 but I was just not ready yet,” he says. “I wanted to go on the road at that time, feel the energy of other markets in Asia, Europe, Latin America and Australia. Something very beautiful was happening in my career at that time, and it was important to have that experience, to go to each country and be a part of the culture there.”

More recently, Martin completed his epic 20-month One World Tour, finally capping it off in December in Mexico. But he’d been working on his Vegas show all along, hammering out the details and strategy with MGM Resorts for what promises to be one of his most exhilarating creative endeavors.

“Two years ago my [management] came to Las Vegas with this idea, to partner with a great hotel [venue] that was willing to invest in this production, and we decided to stick with Monte Carlo and the Park,” Martin says. “At this point, I know this is the right timing. ... We are putting together a show for this theater, and it’s something that’s never been done before, so it’s pretty spectacular.” Ricky Martin: All In at the Park Theater at Monte Carlo, April 7, 8, 11, 14 & 15.

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