In an evening equally heartfelt and nostalgic, uncensored and hilarious, Raúl joined legend Patti LuPone in evoking cheers and tears from an enraptured audience on Sunday, September 24, 2017, as she shared some of her greatest hits and dished inside-theatre tales at Deconstructing Patti, An Evening of Broadway Songs and Stories with Patti LuPone and Seth Rudetsky.
Rudetsky led LuPone and the audience through an improvised “This is Your Life” of LuPone’s hits and high-belting songs. As the two of them reminisced on the trials and triumphs of Evita, one-time “Che”, Raúl walked on stage surprising the audience. LuPone and Raúl then worked their way through “High Flying Adored” and “Rainbow High.” Raúl later returned for an Evita encore with LuPone and British actor Nic Gibney, who played Magaldi on the U.K. tour of Evita. The trio ripped through a show-stopping version of “Eva and Magaldi” before LuPone concluded with “Buenos Aires.”
The event, which was hosted by Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre, raised $280,911 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Here is the official episode information from NBC for the first four episodes of Law & Order SVU Series 19. As you can see, Raúl is absent from episode two.
Episode 1 - 'Gone Fishin'
Air Date: Septemnber 27, 2017 (9 PM ET/8C Wednesday NBC)
SEASON 19 PREMIERE - When Fin (Ice T) crosses international borders to catch a fugitive rapist, a political tug-of-war derails Barba's (Raúl Esparza) legal case. Meanwhile, shocking allegations against Benson (Mariska Hargitay) lead to the return of an old friend. Also starring Kelli Giddish (Det. Amanda Rollins) and Peter Scanavino (Det. Sonny Carisi). Guest starring Dean Winters (Brian Cassidy), Peter Jacobson (Randy Dworkin), Will Chase (Byron Marks), Mariela Garriga (Elana Marks) and Amy Smart (Karla Wyatt).
Episode 2 - 'Mood'
Air Date: October 4, 2017 (9 PM ET/8C Wednesday NBC)
The bizarre details of a woman's rape put the SVU at odds when Rollins (Kelli Giddish) and Carisi (Peter Scanavino) think her story is fabricated. Meanwhile, Benson (Mariska Hargitay) goes on the offensive when her personal life is scrutinized. Also starring Ice T (Det. Odafin Tutuola). Guest starring Dean Winters (Brian Cassidy), Robbie Collier-Sublett (Tom Williams), Saxon Sharbino (Savannah Ross), Amirah Vann (Michelle Morrison) and Spencer Hamp (Nick Collins).
Episode 3 - 'Contrapasso'
Air Date: October 11, 2017 (9 PM ET/8C Wednesday NBC)
BROOKE SHIELDS GUEST STARS - When a man is found castrated and left for dead, Rollins (Kelli Giddish) and Carisi (Peter Scanavino) uncover three female suspects with possible motives. Meanwhile, Langan (guest star Peter Hermann) brings devastating news for Benson (Mariska Hargitay). Also starring Ice T (Det. Odafin Tutuola) and Raúl Esparza (ADA Rafael Barba). Also guest starring Paul Fitzgerald (Jason Karr), Annabeth Gish (Carolyn Rivers), Betsy Beutler (Julie Wade), Jeannine Kaspar (Nora Galen) and Kathleen Munroe (Evelyn Bundy).
Episode 4 - No Good Reason
Air Date October 18, 2017 (9 PM ET/8C Wednesday NBC)
A teenager (guest star Brighton Sharbino) disappears after schoolmates make her the subject of a vicious cyberbullying attack. Starring Mariska Hargitay (Lt. Olivia Benson), Kelli Giddish (Det. Amanda Rollins), Raúl Esparza (ADA Rafael Barba) and Peter Scanavino (Det. Sonny Carisi). Also guest starring Madison Pettis (Stacy Vanhoven), Colton Ryan (Andrew Drake) and Steve Rosen (Counselor Guthrie).
Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret, a retrospective of songs and scenes from stage shows that have been censored or challenged at various times and places across the U.S., will be performed September 27 by a cast of Broadway stars including Raúl Esparza (Company), Zainab Jah (Eclipsed), Daniel Jenkins (Oslo, Billy Elliot), and Lisa Kron (book and lyrics for Fun Home).
The concert, which will be held at 9:30 PM at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theatre in Manhattan, was organized by the Dramatists Legal Defense Fund of the Dramatists Guild to “raise awareness about issues of censorship and free expression in the theatre.” Also appearing at the event will be writer-actors Andrea Frierson (Me & Ella, Once on this Island) and Christine Toy Johnson (The Americans, Madame Secretary).
Banned Together will feature selections from Cabaret, Chicago, Almost, Maine, Rent and Angels in America, among other notable works that have stirred controversy. The show will have a script by John Weidman (Assassins, Pacific Overtures), will be directed by Ari Edelson (Building The Wall, 24 Hour Plays), and will be produced by Patti Anne Miller. Click here to order tickets, which cost $10.
Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret is scheduled to be performed in separate productions in 16 cities across the U.S. as a part of Banned Books Week (September 24–30), the annual celebration of the freedom to read.
The Dramatists Legal Defense Fund is a non-profit organization created by the Dramatists Guild to “advocate for free expression in the dramatic arts and a vibrant public domain for all, and to educate the public about the industry standards surrounding theatrical production and about the protections afforded dramatists under copyright law.”
Raúl is featured on a new CD/Songbook project by Sandra Boynton.
Hog Wild! combines great singers, great actors, terrific music, and SUCH a cool illustrated songbook. Wild times all around! The irrepressible Sandra Boynton brings you eleven all-out musical tracks, in a dizzying array of dance styles. And the songs are performed by a veritable dream team. Raúl performs the eighth track on the CD, 'Oh I Love You So, as a duet with Madeleine Lodge, which you can listen to below: .
Hog Wild! is the sixth Boynton songbook-and-CD set—the recording created with her long-time music producing partner, Michael Ford. The full-colour hardcover book includes glorious Boynton illustrations, all the lyrics, and a section of music notation for all eleven songs.
And what's more, 100% of the royalties from this project go to the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Connecticut, which provides medically-supervised summer camps and programs free of charge to children with serious illnesses and their families. .
Take a sneak peek behind the scenes of the project by watching the video below. (Raúl's bit starts at 1:19)
NBC have released 3 sneak peeks of the upcoming season 19 premiere, one of which features Raúl.
To watch th eother two (one featuring Benson & Fin and the other featuring Rollins & Carisi) visit Chris Zimmer's Vimeo account.
NBC have released the production photos from the season 19 premier of Law & Order SVU, several of which feature Raúl as ADA Barba
The 19th season of SVU will premiere on NBC on September 27th, 2017 at 9pm.
NBC have release the official cast photos for the upcoming season of Law & Order SVU. As in previous years, Raúl features in two - one with the whole cast and an individual shot.
The 19th season of Law & Order will premiere on NBC on September 27th 2017 at 9pm.
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