As four-time Tony nominee Raúl Esparza preps for the April 26 opening of Leap of Faith, Broadway.com asked readers which of Esparza’s powerful vocal performances is their favorite. Choosing from an array of Broadway recordings and YouTube favorties, fans narrowed down the songbird’s illustrious career to three rocking tunes. Check out the results below!
1. “Being Alive” (Company) – 45%
Company marked the first time Esparza’s name appeared above the title of a musical, earning him a Tony nod for Best Actor. In John Doyle's Tony-winning revival, Esparza played lovable narrator Bobby, alongside a cast of instrument-playing actors. His heart-wrenching performance of the show’s final song “Being Alive” received thunderous applause at the 2007 Tony Awards.
2. “Petrified” (Taboo) – 8%
Esparza received his first Tony nomination in 2004 for Boy George's semi-autobiographical musical Taboo. The show may have been short-lived, but fans still love his passionate performance of the Act II number “Petrified,” which takes place after his character, Philip Sallon, has been bashed on the street.
3. “Time Warp” (The Rocky Horror Show) – 7%
Esparza made his Broadway in 2000 debut as the spooky butler Riff Raff in the revival of this cult musical. He stood out for his soaring vocal rendition of “Time Warp.” Paired with Rent veteran Daphne Rubin-Vega as his sinister sister, audiences were more than happy to do the "Time Warp" again with Raul as the ringleader.
Thanks for voting! Check out Raúl’s poll-winning performance of “Being Alive” by clicking below.