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:
Some behind the scenes photos have emerged of Raúl's return to SVU.
Photos courtesy of Jose Perez/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images
Photo courtesy of Ice T
The episode, entitled 'Sightless in a Savage Land', will air on Thursday January 7, 2021 at 9pm ET on NBC.
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.
Here is the promo for Law and Order SVU: 'Sightless in a Savage Land' which will air on Thursday January 7, 2021 at 9pm ET on NBC.
This episode marks the return of Raúl as Rafael Barba.
It's the news many fans have been waiting for, Raúl is to return to Law and Order: SVU as Rafael Barba.
He was seen on set last week, with several photos and video clips surfacing on social media but the rumours have now been confirmed by the show in a tweet last night
He will star in the 4th episode of the new season, 'Sightless in a Savage Land', but this time will be on the other side of the courtroom as a defense attorney!
He takes on a client being prosecuted by now-ADA Carisi (Peter Scanavino), and the ensuing courtroom drama causes serious conflict between Benson’s (Mariska Hargitay) SVU squad and Chief Garland (Demore Barnes).
The episode will air on Thursday, Jan 7 at 9pm ET on NBC
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.
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.
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