Since making his Broadway debut in the revival of The Rocky Horror Show (Theatre World Award), Raul Esparza has taken the theatre world by storm. He has become only the second actor to receive Tony nominations in all four eligible acting categories. He recently starred on Broadway in the revival of Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia. Other Broadway credits include: Speed-the-Plow (Tony, Drama Desk nominations, Best Actor in a Play), The Homecoming (Tony nomination, Best Featured Actor in a Play), Company (Tony nomination, Drama Desk Award, Best Actor in a Musical), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Taboo (Tony nomination, Drama Desk Award, Best Featured Actor in a Musical) and Cabaret. He appeared in Shakespeare in the Park’s Twelfth Night and he has appeared Off-Broadway in The Normal Heart, Comedians and tick, tick…BOOM!, which earned him an Obie Award.
In 2005, Raul received the HOLA José Ferer Acting Award, and was a participant in the 2006 and 2010 Sundance Theatre Lab. Outside New York, Esparza portrayed “Che” in the National Tour of Evita, and appeared in two musicals at the 2002 Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration: Sunday in the Park with George and Merrily We Roll Along. His regional theatre credits include Leap of Faith at the Center Theatre Group (LA); Company at the Cincinnati Playhouse; Slaughterhouse-Five and Fur at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago; and Arcadia and What the Butler Saw at the Meadow Brook Theatre in Rochester, MI. Esparza made his film debut in Sidney Lumet’s 2006 Find Me Guilty. Other films include Wes Craven’s My Soul to Take and GWB. He has also appeared on TV in “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” and on ABC television series “Pushing Daisies” (recurring). Esparza’s book recording includes Stephen King’s best-selling book Under the Dome.
Over the last few years, Raul has developed his own very personal solo performance shows, adaptable for full orchestra to just piano/voice. Recent performances include his critically acclaimed debut on Lincoln Center’s 2011 American Songbook series. For his brilliant Cuban/American Big Band show, Raul brought a “burning intensity to a theme dear to his heart,” raves New York Times writer Stephen Holden, “bring on the challenge, and he will leap to the breach”. Other recent performance highlights include The Adrienne Arsht Center, in Miami, FL and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. This summer Raul will perform with a full orchestra at the 11,000 seat Rexall Centre in Toronto, Ontario, along with Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Martin Short.