Raúl has directed a video 'Broadway Remembers' paying tribute to and honoring the memory of those the Broadway community has lost from June 2019 through December 2020.
Produced and Conceived by Mike Karns and Steven Tartick
Directed by Raúl Esparza
Music Directed by Mary-Mitchell Campbell
Music Produced by Benedict Braxton-Smith Vocals by Sierra Boggess and Raul Esparza
“Broadway Remembers” Music Team
Motion Design by Pan Wenquan
Graphic Design by Remy Kass
Edited by Harry Tuman
Special Thanks to Trever Chauvin, Ava Coploff, Rick Miramontez, Jennifer Ashley Tepper, Marathon Digital, and RPM.
This week, Raúl appeared at the Center for Fiction Annual Awards Benefit, to encourage people to donate and keep the stories alive.
You can see his excerpt below:
Last night, Raúl joined a number of other Broadway stars to perform at Stacy Abrams' Fair Fight's 'Rock the Runoff' benefit fundraiser ahead of the January 5 runoff election in Georgia.
Fair Fight 's aim is to mitigate voter suppression and ensure that Georgians are able to cast their ballot and have the resources they need to vote.
Last night, Raúl attended and performed at the Arthur Miller Foundation Gala.
The event, hosted Bradley Cooper, celebrated AMF's mission to provide access and equity to quality theater education in New York City public schools, and to increasing the number of students that receive a dedicated theater education as an integral part of their academic curriculum.
Other performers at the fundraising event included Sutton Foster, Lena Hall, Darren Criss as well as dancer Ayodele Casel.
Raúl will join two-time Tony Award–winning composer Jason Robert Brown August 9 for two performances (8 PM and 10 PM) at downtown’s SubCulture.
The concert marks the 51st engagement in Brown’s ongoing artistic residency with the music venue; the 50th was a concert at Town Hall featuring Brown and Stephen Sondheim in support of the Brady Campaign.
Click here for tickets and information for his SubCulture engagement.
Raúl has been in London this week and last night he accompanied his godson, Iain Armitage to the closing night of Chess at the London Coliseum.
Raul, who played Freddie in Chess at the Kennedy Center back in February was photographed backstage with star Cedric Neal and legendary lyricist, Sir Tim Rice.
It has been announced today that Raúl is among the list of performers scheduled to appear at this years Miscast on March 26 at the MCC Theater.
Miscast is a concert in which performers sing tunes they would likely never have the chance to take on in their proper context. It is not yet known what Raúl will sing.
Other performers at the concert include, Grammy and Tony Award nominee Sara Bareilles; Tony Award winners Jayne Houdyshell and James Monroe Iglehart; Tony Award nominees, Robert Fairchild, and Keala Settle; plus Hamilton star and reigning "Dancing With the Stars" champion Jordan Fisher, The Band's Visit star Katrina Lenk, Once on This Island star Alex Newell, and the voice of Moana, Auli'I Cravalho.
Last time Raúl took part in Miscast was in 2014 when he did 'A Boy Like That' from West Side Story - a duet he performed with with Lin Manuel Miranda. Apart from a few exaggerated facial expressions, they played it totally straight, and it went from amusing to powerful pretty fast. You can see a video of that performance below.
Performance-only tickets are currently on sale to MCC Theater Patron Program members, with a subscriber pre-sale beginning January 26. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on January 30.
For additional information, please visit www.mcctheater.org/galamiscast.html
Earlier this week, (December 14th) Raúl took part in the Broadway Bares Soul series at The Sheen Centre.
He was interviewed by Fr Edward L. Beck, C.P., and spoke candidly about his formative years, focussing a lot on his relationship with his Grandmother - who he said practically raised him - and about his high school experience. He talked about being Cuban and the challenges that he and his family faced because of that. He touched on his spirituality, his eight year stint in Chicago and about the various stage shows that he had been in. He mentioned that he'd found his 'Rocky Horror Show' role difficult and touched on 'tick... tick... Boom!', 'Company' and 'Leap of Faith', as well as a few sentences each on 'Hannibal' and 'SVU'.
He sang six songs:
Thanks to the wonderful community of Raúl fans we can bring you some photos from the event. You can view more in our dedicated Broadway Bares Soul gallery.
And a big shout-out to one fan who managed to sneak this recording of Raúl singing Running to Stand Still/Hallelujah. We are eternally grateful.
We understand that the event was recorded and will be edited for broadcast/uploaded to The Sheen Centre's youtube channel early next year. We will let you know when a date is announced.
The lucky attendees at last night's ASTEP Christmas Benefit Concert were treated to a surprise performance from Raúl. He wasn't on the list of performing artist but has in the past performed if he's been in the audience. Last night he sang 'O Holy Night' in a mixture of English and Spanish.
Thanks to @griesejohanna and @grassysvu67 we can bring you some photos from the event...
We also have a video extract, courtesy of @mohinsdahlia
The event is held annually to benefit the Artist Striving to End Poverty - an organisation that connects performing and visual artists with underserved youth in the U.S. and around the world to awaken their imaginations, foster critical thinking, and help them break the cycle of poverty.
If you would like to make a donation you can do so through their website.
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