Martin to Star in Ryan Murphy’s FX Limited Series “Versace: American Crime Story”

Ricky Martin is bracing for a life of American Crime

The 45-year-old Puerto Rican singer/actor has been cast in Versace: American Crime Story, the third installment in the FX limited series from Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson.

Ricky Martin

Martin, who starred on ABC’s General Hospital back in 1994-1995, will co-star opposite Édgar Rarmirez, Penélope Cruz and Darren Criss.

The 10-episode Versace examines the shocking July 1997 assassination of Gianni Versace (Ramirez) on the steps of his Miami Beach mansion by sociopath and serial killer Andrew Cunanan (Criss).

Martin will play Versace’s longtime partner Antonio D’Amico; Cruz plays Versace’s sister Donatella.

This is a reunion for Martin and Murphy, who first cast the Latin music superstar in an episode of his Fox series Glee.

Versace, from Fox 21 and FX Productions, is based on the book Vulgar Favors by Vanity Fair writer Maureen Orth.

Tom Rob Smith is writing the first two and multiple subsequent episodes, and Murphy, who received an Emmy nomination for directing the opening episode of The People v. O.J. Simpsonwill direct the first hour.

Versace will begin production later this month in Los Angeles and Miami for a 2018 premiere. It will follow the second installment in the franchise, Katrina: American Crime Story.

American Crime Storys core producing team — Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, all Emmy winners for People v O.J. Simpson as Best Limited Series — executive produce Versace alongside Smith.

Martin has sold more than 70 million albums and has done runs on Broadway in Evita and Les Miserables. The “Livin’ la Vida Loca” singer’s most recent 10th studio album, 2015’s A Quien Quiera Escuchar, won Best Latin Pop Album at the 2016 Grammy Awards.

A dedicated global advocate for tolerance via his Ricky Martin Foundation, Martin can be seen in Las Vegas at his residency at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino.

Merediz to Star as George Lopez’s Mom in the FX Series “Saint George”

Olga Merediz is reuniting with her one-time co-star George Lopez

The 57-year-old Cuba-born Broadway, television and film actress, who appeared on ABC’s The George Lopez Show, has been cast in a series regular role on Lopez’s FX series Saint George, the 10-90 family sitcom from Lionsgate Television.

Olga Merediz

Merediz will play Lopez’s mother Alma, a feisty, combative and domineering woman with an acerbic wit.

Merediz, who originated the role of Abuela Claudia in the Broadway musical In the Heights and earned a Tony nomination for her inspired performance, recently appeared opposite Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling in the feature Place Beyond The Pines.

Merediz’s other film credits include Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Evita, Marvin’s Room and Music of the Heart, while her television credits include Netflix‘s big hit Orange is the New Black, Royal Pains, Blue Bloods, Pan Am and Law & Order SVU.

First Glimpse: Martin on “The Voice Australia”

Shakira may have taken over for Christina Aguilera on the upcoming edition of NBC’s The Voice… But she isn’t the only Hispanic artist coaching new singing  talent.

Last November Ricky Martin officially joined the cast of The Voice Australia, where he’ll serve a one of the show’s judges. The 41-year-old Puerto Rican “Livin’ la Vida Loca” singer replaces country superstar Keith Urban, who joined Mariah Carey on American Idol.

Ricky Martin on The Voice Australia

And now Martin is giving his fans a first look at his work on The Voice Australia. He released on Twitter a teaser video from Australia’s Nine Network highlighting some of the blind auditions.

Martin, who recently wrapped up production on Broadway’s Evita, joins last year’s coaches Delta Goodrem, Seal and Joel Madden on the program, as they search for the best voice of Australia.

Martin to Serve as a Coach on Australia’s Version of “The Voice”

Ricky Martin will be discovering and cultivating talent Down Under…

The 40-year-old Puerto Rican singer/actor, who just announced he’ll be leaving the cast of Broadway’s Evita revival, has joined the coaches’ panel of Australia’s version of NBC’s The Voice.

Ricky Martin

When the show returns to Oz’s Nine Network next year, Martin will occupy the red chair vacated by country superstar Keith Urban when he joined American Idol as a judge this year.

The announcement was made on Nine’s A Current Affair program in Australia on Thursday after weeks of speculation.

Martin will join returning coaches Seal, Joel Madden and Delta Goodrem.

The inaugural season of the Australian version kicked off last April and consistently won its time slot to become a ratings powerhouse.

Nine’s Peter Wiltshire recently said the network will add hours of The Voice for next season. A debut date has yet to be announced.

The Voice is produced locally by Shine Australia.

Martin to Leave Broadway’s “Evita”

Ricky Martin will be taking his final bow on Broadway in early 2013…

The 40-year-old Puerto Rican singer/actor will play his final performance as Che in the current revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s Evita on January 26, 2013.

Ricky Martin in Evita

Argentine actress Elena Roger, who stars as Eva Perón, and Michael Cerveris, who plays Juan Perón, will also leave the cast, according to producers.

In his role, Martin – who recently won the title of “Sexiest Man on Broadway” in a poll by Broadway.com – created a character with a charming presence that remained commanding throughout the show.

“Evita 1 of the most amazing cycles of my career,” Martin tweeted this morning. “Discipline and growth…Thanks so much for your applause.”

Fans who came to the musical to see their idol up close on stage for two-and-a-half hours surely helped to make Evita a hit. The show broke the Broadway weekly box office sales record after only six performances. It has broken its own record six times since, earning $1,586,362 for eight consecutive performances.

A soundtrack album, released in June, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard‘s cast album chart and was the top selling iTunes soundtrack in Argentina. The album has sold 10,000 copies to date in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

But it’s definitely not the last you’ll see of Martin…

The former Menudo member, who appeared earlier this year as Spanish teacher David Martinez on Glee, recently signed a deal with NBC/Universal‘s Universal Television to star in his own series. He has tweeted about plans to get back into the recording studio to make new music and he’s also planning to write a children’s book, according to his publicist.

Martin Signs Talent Holding Deal with Universal Television

Following his critically acclaimed appearance on Glee last season, Ricky Martin could be returning to the small screen in the near future.

The 40-year-old Puerto Rican singer has signed a talent holding deal with Universal Television to develop and star in his first network television series, as well as TV specials.

Ricky Martin

“Ricky is an iconic superstar who is as talented as he is popular,” said Universal TV EVP Bela Bajaria about Martin, who has been wowing audiences as Che Guevara on Broadway this year in the revival of the musical Evita. “Whether he’s performing before sold-out concert crowds, or starring on Broadway, where he is currently playing to SRO in Evita, Ricky connects with his audience in a very palpable way — and we are thrilled that he will be adding TV star to his incredible resume.”

The former Menudo member has previously guest starred on The Love Boat back in 1985, and appeared on General Hospital as the beloved character Miguel Morez from 1994–95.

Martin Shares Adorable Father’s Day Photo on Facebook

Father’s Day isn’t until Sunday… But Ricky Martin is already celebrating el Día de los Padres…

The 40-year-old Puerto Rican singer, currently starring in the Broadway revival of Evita, just released an image of him with his twins, Matteo and Valentino, on his official Facebook fan page.

Ricky Martin

In the photo, Martin is seen looking into the camera, while his 3-year-old sons interact with him.

In addition to sharing the adorable family portrait, Martin’s Facebook page includes a link where his followers can send their photos and a congratulations message to the singer. The submissions will later be shared with the public.

Eva Perón’s Likeness May Soon Appear on Argentine Money

Eva Perón is considered an international pop culture icon… And, now the people of her native Argentina may soon be able to cash in on the former First Lady’s popularity.

Several members of Argentina’s Congress have introduced bills to put the likeness of Evita—who was just 33 at the time of her death—on Argentine money to commemorate the 60th anniversary of her death, according to the press.

Eva Peron

The new bills are being inspired by the 5-peso bill designed in 1952 after Evita’s death but later scrapped by the dictatorship that took power in 1955, government spokesmen told the Clarin newspaper.

Evita was the second wife of three-time President Juan Domingo Perón (1895-1974), who was president of Argentina from 1946 to 1955 and again from 1973 to 1974.

Eva Peron

The face of Evita—who died from cancer on July 26, 1952, and is hailed as a champion of the poor—appeared on limited coin issues in 1997 and 2002.

She’s buried at Recoleta Cemetery, the most elegant burial ground in Buenos Aires.

Evita’s body was removed from Argentina in 1957 on the orders of the military officers who overthrew Peron. After spending 14 years in a Milan tomb under another name, Evita’s remains were turned over to her husband. Gen. Peron kept the embalmed body in his home in Madrid’s Puerta de Hierro neighborhood for three years and the remains were finally returned to Buenos Aires in 1974.

Evita, who was wildly popular among Argentina’s lower classes, is known to people around the world thanks to the hit musical Evita, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, which was made into a film in 1994 by Alan Parker, with Madonna as the larger-than-life first lady. The Broadway musical made a triumphant return to the stage earlier this year with Elena Rogers, Michael Cerveris and Ricky Martin in the key roles.

Martin to Perform at the Tony Awards

Following his triumphant return to The Great White Way in Evita, Ricky Martin will be performing on Broadway’s biggest night.

The 40-year-old Puerto Rican singer/actor will bring his role as Ernesto “Che” Guevara to life at the upcoming Tony Awards, which will be hosted by How I Met Your Mother’s Neil Patrick Harris.

Ricky Martin

Martin, who made his Broadway debut in Les Miserables, has wowed audiences on Broadway alongside his Evita co-stars Elena Rogers, who plays Eva Perón, and Michael Cerveris, who plays Juan Perón.

To get in character as the controversial revolutionary icon—in a role that has taken him to “another place mentally, physically, and spiritually”—Martin has grown a moustache. But the experience has had more than a physical impact on him.

Evita

“I’ve felt emotions onstage that I never felt before, it has strengthened me as a person and as an artist,” Martin said in a press conference in March. “It’s been a great journey. I’m here to grow and to learn. It’s been a fascinating trip,” he added.

In addition to Martin, the list of performers at this year’s Tony Awards include

Cuban-American Broadway star Rául Esparza, Audra McDonald, Matthew Broderick and the casts of Godspell and Ghost The Musical, among many others.

The Tony Awards will take place on Sunday, June 10.

Martin: A Gleeful Maestro?

Here’s something to be gleeful about… Ricky Martin could be appearing on Glee in the near future.

The 39-year-old Puerto Rican pop star is reportedly in negotiations to guest star on Fox’s musical dramedy early next year, according to TVLine.

Ricky Martin to appear on Glee

Martin will play “the hottest Spanish teacher ever in the history of Ohio,” according to sources close to the hit show.

Make that a hot Spanish teacher with the voice of an angel!

Martin’s character will allegedly headline two big musical numbers in the episode, which is scheduled to air in late January.

After wrapping up his quick stint on Glee, Martin will head to New York to begin rehearsals for his role as Che in the Broadway revival of Evita, which is set to open in April 2012.

Martin’s Glee gig will be his most high profile acting gig since his two-year run on General Hospital in the mid-’90s.