In this week's episode of Broadway Profiles from Broadway.com, Paul Wontorek chats with Raúl Esparza about creating the Drama League Award-winning Take me to The World: A Sondheim 90th birthday celebration, returning to LAW & ORDER: SVU and more.
Take Me to the World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration has won the Drama League Award for Best Outstanding Digital Concert Production.
The show, which was conceived, produced, and hosted by Raul, brought together some of the biggest names in musical theatre to honour one of its best, most prolific writers, Stephen Sondheim. An in-person concert had been planned but when the Covid-19 pandemic shut down Broadway and put New York and many other US states into lockdown, they needed to find another way to celebrate Sondheim's 90th birthday. So, Take Me to the World was born.
Raul accepted the award alongside executive producer, Bill Curren, and director, Broadway.com's Paul Wontorek. You can watch their acceptance speech below:
If you missed Take Me to the World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration or just want to watch it again, it is still available on YouTube
Reservations have opened for Raúl's new online project: The Waves in Quarantine.
Featuring Raúl, Alice Ripley, Carmen Cusack, Nikki Renée Daniels, Darius de Haas, and Manu Narayan, this film in six movements meditates on friendship, loss, and the making of art in this world-changing year, based on a musical adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s 1931 masterpiece.
Through a combination of dazzling choral music, text from the novel itself, exquisite visual imagery, and access behind the scenes as these artists imagine, question, explore and experiment, The Waves in Quarantine juxtaposes the majestic with the everyday to forge a truly unique work of interdisciplinary art, made of and for this moment.
Raúl has made no secret of the love he has for Virginia Woolf's The Waves and we know this project has a been a passion of his recently.
See the trailer below
The show will debut on Apr, 29 and you can reserve your FREE ticket by RSVPing at The Berkeley Rep website
New York City Center have released the first look at 'Bring Me to Light' - Sutton Foster's brand-new concert guest starring Raúl.
The on-demand show will be available from Apr 28 - May 31 and you can purchase tickets for the production on the NY City Center website.
Raúl has filmed an online concert, Sutton Foster: Bring Me to Light, at NY City Center that will be available online from April 28-May 31.
The new show will feature Sutton and Raul alongside Kelli O'Hara, Joaquina Kalukango, and Wren Rivera sharing stories and singing songs from Violet, South Pacific, Oklahoma!, Camelot, Anyone Can Whistle, The Wild Party, and more.
Bring Me to Light is directed by Leigh Silverman, with Jeanine Tesori serving as creative producer. The singers will be accompanied by musical director Michael Rafter and guitarist Matt Hinkley.
You can purchase tickets for the production on the NY City Center website.
**Covid safety protocols were in place throughout filming.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or give them a call on 212.840.9705 ext. 210.
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