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Raúl Esparza and the Cast of Leap of Faith Rise Up in the Recording Studio

Raúl Esparza and the Cast of Leap of Faith Rise Up in the Recording Studio
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Are you ready for a miracle? As the stars of the Tony-nominated musical Leap of Faith, Raúl Esparza, Jessica Phillips and Kendra Kassebaum know how to "step into the light" but on June 13 they stepped into the darkness at Avatar Studios in Manhattan to lend their voices to an original cast recording. The entire company reunited a month after Leap of ...

Raúl Esparza and Cast of Leap of Faith Reunite for Broadway Cast Recording

Raúl Esparza and Cast of Leap of Faith Reunite for Broadway Cast Recording

The cast of the Tony-nominated musical Leap of Faith will reunite in a recording studio on June 13 to record an original cast album, according to the show’s Twitter account. Starring Raúl Esparza, Leap of Faith finished its brief Broadway run on May 13 at the St. James Theatre after 24 preview performances and 20 regular performances.

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Despite Closing, Leap of Faith Will Perform at the 2012 Tony Awards

Despite Closing, Leap of Faith Will Perform at the 2012 Tony Awards

Despite closing, Leap of Faith, the Tony-nominated musical that starred Raúl Esparza, will perform at the 2012 Tony Awards on June 10, according to The New York Times. Nominated for Best Musical (its sole nomination), the show closed on May 13 at the St. James Theatre. At the time of closing, Leap of Faith had played 24 preview performances and ...

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Tony-Nominated Musical Leap of Faith, Starring Raúl Esparza, Sets Broadway Closing Date

Tony-Nominated Musical Leap of Faith, Starring Raúl Esparza, Sets Broadway Closing Date

Leap of Faith, the Tony-nominated musical from Alan Menken and starring Raúl Esparza, will play its final performance on May 13 at the St. James Theatre. At the time of closing the show will have played 24 preview performances and 20 regular performances. The show recently received a Tony nod for Best Musical as its sole nomination.

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Leap of Faith Star Raúl Esparza on Sinners, Sondheim, Stamina & Starvation

Leap of Faith Star Raúl Esparza on Sinners, Sondheim, Stamina & Starvation

For a very special bilingual episode of Ask a Star, Cuban-American stage veteran Raúl Esparza bared his heart and his feet on Broadway.com’s couch to dish the dirt about his illustrious career that has included Tony-nominated performances in Taboo, Company, The Homecoming and Speed-the-Plow. The star took a break from his current gig as Jonas Nightingale, a razzle-dazzle con ...

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Squigs Feels the Heavenly Spirit of Best Musical Tony Nominee Leap of Faith

Squigs Feels the Heavenly Spirit of Best Musical Tony Nominee Leap of Faith

Can we get an Amen? Broadway.com resident artist Justin ‘Squigs’ Robertson headed to Broadway’s St. James Theatre to take part in the Broadway revival meeting known Leap of Faith, and he captured the newly minted Best Musical nominee in a red-hot portrait. Surrounding star Raúl Esparza as charismatic con man Jonas Nightingale are Jessica Phillips, Kendra Kassebaum, Talon Ackerman ...

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Praise Him! Watch Raúl Esparza and the Stars of Leap of Faith Catch the Spirit on a Blessed Opening Night!

Praise Him! Watch Raúl Esparza and the Stars of Leap of Faith Catch the Spirit on a Blessed Opening Night!

The spring season on Broadway ended with a bang as Leap of Faith opened April 26 on the Great White Way. Starring Raúl Esparza, Jessica Phillips and Kendra Kassebaum, the musical adaptation of the 1992 film of the same name follows part-time reverend and full-time con artist Jonas Nightingale (Esparza) as his traveling ministry breaks down in a small Kansas ...

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Raúl Esparza and the Stars of Leap of Faith Step Into the Light on a Starry Opening Night!

Raúl Esparza and the Stars of Leap of Faith Step Into the Light on a Starry Opening Night!
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Trading miracles for money paid off for stars Raúl Esparza and as Leap of Faith stepped into the light on its official April 26 opening night. Director Christopher Ashley was joined by co-creators Alan Menken, Glenn Slater, Janus Cercone and Warren Leigh to testify to the awesome power of the gospel-tinged musical. Post-show the starry crowd, including Smash’s Megan Hilty ...

Get a Backstage Glimpse at Leap of Faith's Gypsy Robe Ceremony

Get a Backstage Glimpse at Leap of Faith's Gypsy Robe Ceremony

Before inviting the opening night audience in to the St. James Theatre for Jonas Nightingale’s tent revival, the cast of Leap of Faith assembled backstage to observe a time-honored Broadway tradition: the awarding of the Gypsy Robe! On each Broadway show’s opening night the Gypsy Robe is award to the chorus member with the most Broadway credits to their name ...

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Did Our Word of Mouth Panelists Rise Up for Raúl Esparza and Leap of Faith?

Did Our Word of Mouth Panelists Rise Up for Raúl Esparza and Leap of Faith?

Gospel-tinged musical Leap of Faith, is rising up on Broadway starring Raúl Esparza, Jessica Phillips and Kendra Kassebaum. Based on the 1992 film of the same name, Leap of Faith follows part-time reverend and full-time con artist Jonas Nightingale (Esparza) as his traveling ministry breaks down in a small Kansas town. He quickly pitches a tent and invites the locals ...

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Jessica Phillips on Stepping Into the Spotlight Opposite Raúl Esparza in Leap of Faith

Jessica Phillips on Stepping Into the Spotlight Opposite Raúl Esparza in Leap of Faith

Age & Hometown: 40; Nashville, Tennessee

Current Role: Keeping the town of Sweetwater, Kansas safe from the antics of razzle-dazzle con artist Jonas Nightingale (Raúl Esparza) as sheriff Marla McGowan in Leap of Faith.

Taking the Lead: Although this strong-voiced actress made her Broadway debut more than a decade ago in The Scarlet Pimpernel, she deserves “fresh face” status for ...

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Hallelujah! Leap of Faith, Starring Raúl Esparza, Opens on Broadway

Hallelujah! Leap of Faith, Starring Raúl Esparza, Opens on Broadway

The musical adaptation of Leap of Faith opens on April 26 at Broadway's St. James Theatre, starring Raúl EsparzaJessica Phillips and Kendra Kassebaum. Directed by Tony nominee Christopher Ashley, the show features music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, a book by Janus Cercone and Warren Leight and choreography by Sergio Trujillo.



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Are You Ready For a Miracle? How Leap of Faith Jumped From the Movie Screen to Broadway

Are You Ready For a Miracle? How Leap of Faith Jumped From the Movie Screen to Broadway

Leap of Faiththe rousing gospel-tinged musical that follows the escapades of part-time reverend and full-time con artist Jonas Nightingale, is raising spirits at Broadway's St. James Theatre, where it opens on April 26. Read on to get the good word on a show that gives audiences something to believe in.


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Take a Spirited Video First Look at Raúl Esparza & Jessica Phillips in Leap of Faith

Take a Spirited Video First Look at Raúl Esparza & Jessica Phillips in Leap of Faith

Get ready to catch the spirit as Raúl Esparza, Jessica Phillips and Kendra Kassebaum get jumping in the gospel-tinged new musical Leap of Faith at the St. James Theatre. Featuring a rousing score by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater and a book by Janus Cercone, Leap of Faith tells the story of Jonas Nightingale (Esparza). The part-time reverend and ...

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Weekend Poll Top Three: Fans Rank Their Favorite Musical Numbers from Leap of Faith Star Raúl Esparza

Weekend Poll Top Three: Fans Rank Their Favorite Musical Numbers from Leap of Faith Star Raúl Esparza

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) – ...

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Weekend Poll: Which Raúl Esparza Vocal Performance Is Your Favorite?

Weekend Poll: Which Raúl Esparza Vocal Performance Is Your Favorite?

Raúl Esparza headlines the new musical Leap of Faith, which officially opens at the St. James Theatre on April 26. Esparza has enjoyed an acclaimed career on Broadway in both plays and musicals, though it’s his distinct singing voice that has made him a marquee name. From re-imagining tunes in revivals of Rocky Horror and Company to creating the sound ...

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Take a Miraculous First Look at Leap of Faith, Starring Raúl Esparza

Take a Miraculous First Look at Leap of Faith, Starring Raúl Esparza
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Are you ready for a miracle? Leap of Faith has jumped to the Great White Way, starring Raúl Esparza, Jessica Phillips and Kendra Kassebaum, and we’ve got a sneak peek at the cast in action. Based on the 1992 film of the same name, the musical adaption follows full-time reverend and part-time con artist Jonas Nightingale (Esparza) as his ...

Leap of Faith Star Raúl Esparza Is Taking Your Questions!

Leap of Faith Star Raúl Esparza Is Taking Your Questions!

Call him the razzle-dazzle chameleon of the Great White Way. Raúl Esparza has transformed into some of the most memorable characters on Broadway, from the quiet and calculating Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Show and quirky flying-car inventor Caractacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to Charlie Fox, the sly movie producer in Speed-the-Plow and the flamboyant Phillip Sallon ...

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Exclusive! Watch Raúl Esparza Dish with Alan Menken on the ‘Delicious’ Score of Leap of Faith

Exclusive! Watch Raúl Esparza Dish with Alan Menken on the ‘Delicious’ Score of Leap of Faith

Four-time Tony nominee Raúl Esparza and eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken sat down at the birthplace of the Tony Award, Sardi’s Restaurant, to jump into the gospel-tinged tunes of Leap of Faith. “It’s a delicious show,” Esparza exclaims. “The greatest thing about Broadway is that it’s live and that it changes every night. It’s never the same show twice ...

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Step Into the Light as Previews Begin for Leap of Faith, Starring Raúl Esparza

Step Into the Light as Previews Begin for Leap of Faith, Starring Raúl Esparza

Raúl EsparzaJessica Phillips and Kendra Kassebaum headline the musical adaptation of Leap of Faithas previews begin April 3 at the St. James Theatre. Directed by Tony nominee Christopher Ashley, the new Broadway musical will officially open on April 26. The show will feature music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, a book by Janus Cercone and ...

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Raúl Esparza's Role in Leap of Faith Cuts Deep: ‘I Actually Have Blood on Me!’

Raúl Esparza's Role in Leap of Faith Cuts Deep: ‘I Actually Have Blood on Me!’

Raúl Esparza leaves his blood, sweat and tears in Alan Menken and Glenn Slater’s musical Leap of Faith: emphasis on the blood. As Jonas Nightingale, the four-time Tony Award nominee wears some dazzling costumes, none more deliciously gaudy as the hand-crafted “mirror jacket” he dons in the first act. It may be beautiful, but Esparza revealed to Broadway.com that working ...

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Catch the Razzle Dazzle of Raúl Esparza and Co. at the Leap of Faith Meet and Greet

Catch the Razzle Dazzle of Raúl Esparza and Co. at the Leap of Faith Meet and Greet

Are you ready for a miracle? As Alan Menken and Glenn Slater’s Leap of Faith readies to get hopping on the Great White Way on April 3, Broadway.com couldn’t wait to marvel at the new musical. We headed to the New 42nd Street Studios on March 8 to chat with Raúl Esparza, Jessica Phillips and company about the gospel-tinged ...

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It's a Miracle! Raúl Esparza, Jessica Phillips and the Cast of Leap of Faith Meet the Press

It's a Miracle! Raúl Esparza, Jessica Phillips and the Cast of Leap of Faith Meet the Press
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Get ready to fall under the spell of Raúl Esparza as Jonas Nightingale, a part-time reverend and full-time con artist in Leap of Faith. With his troupe of singers, Nightingale (Esparza) has journeyed far and wide, rattling the rafters, conning the crowds and trading miracles for money but when he makes an unplanned stop in Kansas, Sheriff Marla Humes, played ...

Tickets on Sale for Leap of Faith, Starring Raúl Esparza & Jessica Phillips

Tickets on Sale for Leap of Faith, Starring Raúl Esparza & Jessica Phillips

Tickets are now on sale for Leap of Faith, starring the Raúl Esparza, Jessica Phillips and Kendra Kassebaum. Directed by Tony nominee Christopher Ashley, the new Broadway musical begins performances April 3 at the St. James Theatre, with an opening night set for April 26.

Based on the 1992 film of the same name, Leap of Faith follows full-time con ...

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Take a Sexy First Look at Jessica Phillips in the Arms of Her Leap of Faith Co-Star Raúl Esparza

Take a Sexy First Look at Jessica Phillips in the Arms of Her Leap of Faith Co-Star Raúl Esparza
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As Alan Menken and Glenn Slater’s new musical Leap of Faith readies to hop onto stage April 3 at the St. James Theatre, Broadway.com has your first look at co-stars Raúl Esparza and Jessica Phillips in their official show portraits. Leap of Faith follows full-time con artist Jonas Nightingale (Esparza) as his traveling ministry breaks down in a small ...

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