In the most recent issue of The New Yorker, Michael Schulman lists 'Ten Great Performances of 2020' - performances that he says, one way or another, in this year of perpetual isolation, helped us stay connected, mark time, and have a laugh.
Featured on the list is Raúl's performance of Take Me to the World at the event he hosted to mark Stephen Sondheim's 90th birthday. Here's what Michael had to say about it...
The event has also featured on the Top Theater of 2020 lists in both the Washington Post, and LA Times.
Congratulations to all involved!
If you missed Take Me to the World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration last night, you can catch up below.
Unfortunately, the night was beset with technical difficulties - after a failed first attempt, it eventually started almost two hours late, and Raul does not feature as much as was originally planned - as problems with the live feed meant they could only show pre-recorded segments.
He does however, appear a couple of times and he sings the gorgeous 'Take Me to the World' from Evening Primrose.
Here you watch either just Raúl's performance or watch the whole event.
It has been announced today that Raul is to host a star-studded online special commemorating the legendary composer and lyricist's birthday, "Take Me to the World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration."
The concert will bring together some of Broadway and Hollywood's best to honor Sondheim, with performances by Meryl Streep, Bernadette Peters, Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald, Christine Baranski, Donna Murphy, Mandy Patinkin, Sutton Foster, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kelli O'Hara, Aaron Tveit, Stephen Schwartz, Katrina Lenk and more.
The birthday celebration promises to feature songs from the Sondheim catalog from some of those who've given iconic turns in his productions. Mary-Mitchell Campbell will act as music director for the evening, while Paul Wontorek will direct.
It's fitting that Raul should host this event, given his long-standing relationship with Sondheim. having starred as Bobby in a Tony-winning 2006 revival of Company, as well as in the Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration productions of Sunday in the Park With George (George) and Merrily We Roll Along (Charlie) in 2002. He also starred in City Center’s Encores production of Anyone Can Whistle (Hapgood) and Road Show (Wilson).
The world is in a hard place, and we are all searching for something great. Well, Stephen Sondheim is greatness personified, So, we’ve assembled a group of people who love Steve and have worked with Steve and have been inspired by Steve to sing his music and share some joy and some heartache together. We may be far from Broadway right now, but Broadway is never far from us. Besides, Stephen Sondheim turned 90. How many times do you get to be 90? Eleven? So come on, say it, get it over with, come on, quick… happy birthday.
Here you'll find all the up-to-date news about Raúl and his projects.