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.
The virtual reading of 'A Christmas Carol', with Raúl as Scrooge, is now available to stream online until Midnight (EST) on Tuesday, December 22, 2020
If you missed Two Monsters of Nature: Lope de Vega and William Shakespeare, you can watch it on below.
Two writers. Two languages. Two colonial superpowers linked by an explosion of theater-making and vital new questions of the individual imagination. Hear how Lope de Vega, the author of more than a thousand plays, and William Shakespeare used the dynamic and populist form of theater to explore and interrogate the corrupt, militaristic, and misogynist monarchies they called home.
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!
Due to actor availability, Primary Stages have today announced that the virtual reading of A Christmas Carol will now take place on Friday, December 18 with flexible viewing from 19 through 22.
Tickets already purchased are valid for the new data and time but if you now cannot attend, please contact Primary Stages to discuss your options. You can email them at email@example.com or give them a call on 212.840.9705 ext. 210.
Raul will star in a virtual benefit reading of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, presented by Primary Stages, adapted by Theresa Rebeck & Erin Daley and directed by Theresa Rebeck.
THis is something of a Seared reunion as it also features Raul's co-stars from that show, Krysta Rodriguez, David Mason and W. Tré Davis as well as Mary Bacon, Abadi Bacon Leynse, Kimberly Chatterjee & Matthew Saldivar.
Everyone knows and loves the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, the mean-spirited miser who is visited by three ghosts and transformed to help a family in need. This time-tested classic will feature Primary Stages family members from the past, present and future.
Tickets to the live performance on December 16 and VIP post-show holiday party with the cast are available for $100 at www.59e59.org/shows/show-detail/virtual-reading-a-christmas-carol.
As a holiday gift to the Primary Stages Family, a recorded version of the live performance will be available to stream for free from Thursday December 17-Sunday December 20, 2020. Reservations for the free viewing link are available at www.59e59.org/shows/show-detail/virtual-reading-a-christmas-carol. Any donations made in addition to this reservation will benefit Primary Stages Teen Programs.
The Waves in Quarantine
A Theatrical Experiment in 6 Movements
Conceived by Raúl Esparza and Lisa Peterson
Based on a stage adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s The Waves
Book by Lisa Peterson
Music and lyrics by David Bucknam
Additional music and lyrics by Adam Gwon
Directed by Lisa Peterson
This exploration of Virginia Woolf’s innovative novel The Waves is transformed into a digital experience for our current time. The story follows the lives of six friends from first memory to the end of life, while also tracking the progress of the sun through one glorious day. The Waves in Quarantine incorporates dazzling choral music, passages from the novel itself, real-life situations of actors in quarantine, exquisite visual imagery, and more to create a truly unique work of interdisciplinary art.
Molière in the Park, co-presented with the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) in partnership with the Prospect Park Alliance and LeFrak Center at Lakeside, will present a livestream of two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Wilbur’s translation of Molière’s Tartuffe on June 27 at 2PM and 7PM ET.
Raúl will star as the title character alongside Emmy winner Samira Wiley, Kaliswa Brewster, Naomi Lorrain, Jared McNeill, Jennifer Mudge, Rosemary Prin and Carter Redwood.
Tartuffe follows Orgon, a man who has everything: money, power, a beautiful home and family. When he invites the irresistible Tartuffe into his seemingly perfect household, he unleashes a whirlwind of deception and seduction that threatens everything.
RSVP at the Molière in the Park website to get your link to watch.
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.
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.
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