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
Raúl sat down with Eddie Shapiro, author of new book 'A Wonderful Guy: Conversations with Great Men of Musical Theater' (to which he contributed) to discuss what theater may look like when it return, which roles they’d like to re-examine, what they learned from working with Stephen Sondheim, and how it feels to be interviewed in-depth (hint: it’s awkward, but also kind of flattering.)
Watch the video from Playbill.com below:
Berkeley Rep have made their opening night conversation about The Waves in Quarantine available on YouTube.
Featuring director/writer Lisa Peterson, actor and associate director Raúl Esparza, and composer/lyricist Adam Gwon, and led by Berkeley Rep’s artistic director Johanna Pfaelzer, this conversation is a must for all who are interested in how this project came to be.
The SVU Writer's Room Twitter has released a deleted scene from last week's episode of SVU. The scene shows a little bit more of voir dire - the jury selection process. .
NBC have released a sneak peek from the upcoming episode of SVU, featuring Raúl. In the clip, Barba visits Carisi at his office to discuss the case.
Sightless in a Savage Land will air on January 7, 2021 at 9pm ET
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:
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.
Last night, Raúl made a short cameo appearance in Law and Order: SVU, reprising his role as Rafael Barba. In the scene, which you can watch below, he was seen video calling with Mariska Hargitay's Olivia Benson, wishing her a happy birthday.
Raúl made his last appearance in SVU back in February 2018 when he left the show after being tried and acquitted of murdering Drew Housholder.
Here you'll find all the up-to-date news about Raúl and his projects.