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New Raul (and his tbcjscpctscroc) thread Part III

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by Anonymousreply 60107/26/2013

Gracias OP!

by Anonymousreply 103/11/2012

I know Im late on this, but would someone please endulge me and decode "tbcjscpctscroc" just one last time.

pretty please...

by Anonymousreply 203/11/2012

Muchas Gracias, OP!

I think maybe in future this should be part of the original post:

tbcjscpctscroc = thick, big, cut, juicy, suckable Cuban Papi cock that shoots creamy ropes of cum

by Anonymousreply 303/11/2012

waht happened to bisexual. I thought bisexual was in there somewhere.

by Anonymousreply 403/11/2012

Well, no, I don't think it was, because technically it's not the cock that's bisexual.

by Anonymousreply 503/11/2012

Some Leap of Faith shots to finish out the thread in style.

by Anonymousreply 603/11/2012

Raul and Jessica Phillips

by Anonymousreply 703/11/2012


by Anonymousreply 803/11/2012

Raul and Jessica

by Anonymousreply 903/11/2012

Sorry!! I got my Raul threads mixed up!

by Anonymousreply 1003/11/2012

I realize I'm in the minority, but I just don't get it. I don't find him hot. This is nothing amazing about his singing. His tremulous vibrato annoys me. Now, perhaps if someone had some pics of his thick, big, cut, juicy, suckable Cuban Papi cock that shoots creamy ropes of cum, I'd be interested.

by Anonymousreply 1103/11/2012

There are no pics of Raul's wonderful tcbjscpctscroc, but many saw it when he was in The Normal Heart.

by Anonymousreply 1203/11/2012

Who's fucking Raul these days?

by Anonymousreply 1303/11/2012

Chris Ashley has done three shows with Raul:

1. Rocky Horror

2. Leap of Faith

3. ???

by Anonymousreply 1403/11/2012

3. Taboo

by Anonymousreply 1503/11/2012

Of course!

Thanks, r15

by Anonymousreply 1603/11/2012

Ashley didn't do Taboo. (That was Chris Renshaw)

Ashley did Merrily in Washington Kennedy Center with Raul as Charley

by Anonymousreply 1703/12/2012

r17 is correct. I got my Chris's mixed up. Not the first time.

by Anonymousreply 1803/12/2012

Speaking of which where is Renshaw? Hope he disappeared back into oblivion. King and I was beautiful but after that what a disaster. And funky perv stories about him too

by Anonymousreply 1903/12/2012

I'm hoping for a barefoot scene in Leap!

by Anonymousreply 2003/12/2012

Renshaw didn't return to Broadway after Taboo.

Philip Salon is still my favorite Raul performance, with his Charlie Fox a close second. He should have won the Tony for those roles. Maybe he will finally get his award this year.

by Anonymousreply 2103/12/2012

Didn't I leave Leap of Faith because I was busy? Am I still busy.

by Anonymousreply 2203/12/2012

Brooke's singing was bad but she got much undeserved hate for her performance in L.A. Her acting was fine. The book and Ashford's atrocious direction were the main problems.

Jessica Phillips is a doll and she looks beautiful in all of the press photos. I'm happy she's getting a big break.

by Anonymousreply 2303/12/2012

Every Raul thread needs this pic

by Anonymousreply 2403/14/2012

Papi BLEEDS for his work:

by Anonymousreply 2503/16/2012

And our ears BLEED from his braying.

by Anonymousreply 2603/17/2012

Speak for yourself, R26. I love his powerful voice.

by Anonymousreply 2703/17/2012

That photo is fantastic, r24

He looks soo hot

by Anonymousreply 2803/18/2012

Someone said on the theatre thread that Raul has a shirtless scene in Leap.

by Anonymousreply 2903/18/2012

Lets hope he doesn't shave!

by Anonymousreply 3003/19/2012


by Anonymousreply 3103/23/2012

Who's Raul's new bf?

by Anonymousreply 3203/24/2012


by Anonymousreply 3303/25/2012

Maybe he's too busy with the show? That would explain the lack of gossip.

by Anonymousreply 3403/25/2012


by Anonymousreply 3503/28/2012


Jonas Nightingale, “Leap of Faith”

(previews start April 3, St. James)

Mission: As Esparza puts it: “To rob the whole town blind.”

Biggest obstacle: a hot sheriff named Marla with an adorable son

Manliest look: “A good con man never reveals his secrets,” says Esparza.

Offstage: He’s “high on life” — whatever that means.

High on life? WTF?

by Anonymousreply 3603/28/2012

Either he was feeling snarly about the Post, or....

by Anonymousreply 3703/28/2012


by Anonymousreply 3803/29/2012

Maybe he's loving the single life again?

The pic of Raul on his knees from the Leap of Faith ad: Real or fake/CGI? There's something odd abou it.

by Anonymousreply 3903/29/2012

I think that's him

by Anonymousreply 4003/29/2012

This should be the ad:

by Anonymousreply 4103/29/2012

There will be Papi skin! - says Jessica Phillips

by Anonymousreply 4203/31/2012

Jessica and Raul worked together before LOF? when?

by Anonymousreply 4303/31/2012



Raul's hairy chest!


by Anonymousreply 4404/02/2012

Shirt off, yes; bare feet, no. Sorry.

by Anonymousreply 4504/02/2012


by Anonymousreply 4604/02/2012

Just watched the rehearsal video - I'm loving his energy and look!

by Anonymousreply 4704/02/2012

Bump for previews!

by Anonymousreply 4804/05/2012

Raul's musical highlights:

by Anonymousreply 4904/05/2012

While people think Raul is great in the role the reaction towards the show is different from site to site. In a strange turn of events the people at ATC ejoyed it more than the kids at BWW. Of course, the same old bitter queens who dislike Raul are trying to turn the BWW thread into a Raul bashing, rehashing the same old gossip. I mean, Taboo? Seriously? it's been almost 10 years and discussed to death, even by the man himself!

Haters gonna hate, I guess

by Anonymousreply 5004/05/2012

Speaking of haters, WEHT Trollina? did she finally put a gun to her brainless head?

And the Spanish/Raul's feets troll? Still remember his "Be happy, Perra" to Trollina. Loved it.

by Anonymousreply 5104/05/2012

Raúl está en un pavo

by Anonymousreply 5204/05/2012

Trollina disappeared when she found out that Raul was no longer married

by Anonymousreply 5304/05/2012

Raul is taking YOUR questions!

"How do you pronounce tbcjscpctscroc?"

"Is it true that Bobby was the top?"

"How often do you get a pedicure?"

"Unlike most Cuban men, you are cut. How do you feel about it?"

"Are you still seeing The Whore from 74th St.?"

by Anonymousreply 5404/06/2012

[quote]"Is it true that Bobby was the top?"

Can you imagine Bobby Steggert fucking Raul? A crazy-hot image

[quote]"How often do you get a pedicure?"

Raul gets a mani-pedi regularly, that's a fact. His hands and feets are always picture ready.

Who's the Whore from 74th St.?

by Anonymousreply 5504/06/2012


That is a fucking white hot thought!

by Anonymousreply 5604/06/2012

I like Raul but he's not going to be so pretty in a few years.

by Anonymousreply 5704/06/2012

None of us are, r57.

by Anonymousreply 5804/06/2012

I think he is at his hottest right now. Before he was either too skinny or too bloated.

by Anonymousreply 5904/06/2012

Asi parece, R52

Lastima :(

by Anonymousreply 6004/06/2012

"Can you imagine Bobby Steggert fucking Raul? A crazy-hot image"

Raul is versatile so Bobby probably did fuck The Supreme Papi's supreme ass.

by Anonymousreply 6104/07/2012

[quote]Are you still seeing The Whore from 74th St.?"

Make that the whore from 70th St.

by Anonymousreply 6204/07/2012

And Papi should watch some video of himself in Tick Tick Boom to see what he did when he was a likable honest performer

by Anonymousreply 6304/07/2012

This new thread needs more feets

by Anonymousreply 6404/07/2012


by Anonymousreply 6504/07/2012


by Anonymousreply 6604/07/2012

My apologies, Whore from 70th St. I was off by four blocks!

by Anonymousreply 6704/07/2012

More about this Whore from 70th St./Raul hookup please.

by Anonymousreply 6804/07/2012

There was a radio interview a couple of days ago where he talked about his childhood, his dreams of being on Broadway.

When he talked about his late grandmother he was about to cry.

by Anonymousreply 6904/08/2012

[quote]IT’S NO SECRET the new Broadway musical “Leap of Faith,” which stars hunky Raul Esparza, climaxes in a rainstorm. What isn’t known is how the stage crew at the St. James Theatre waterproofs the production’s sensitive body mics. The show’s rainmaker, associate technical supervisor Sam Ellis, tells Daily News theater critic Joe Dziemianowicz that there are “two grosses of condoms” in the house. “So far,” he added, “none have gone missing.”

by Anonymousreply 7004/09/2012

Well, it was only the first week of previews ;)

by Anonymousreply 7104/09/2012

[quote] When he talked about his late grandmother he was about to cry.

r69, its called acting. probably more convincing than anything he does in LOF.

by Anonymousreply 7204/10/2012

R72 = A jaded, cynical bitch

by Anonymousreply 7304/10/2012

I think she raised him

by Anonymousreply 7404/10/2012

F**k off and die, r72 and take your cynicism with you. r74 is correct - his parents both worked so his grandmother raised him. She's the one who taught him all the old Cuban folk songs, she's the one he performed for as a child. Her language was his first language. She died shortly after he debuted in Rocky Horror. He's talked about her many times, always with great emotion.

by Anonymousreply 7504/10/2012

Yeah, I remember reading about how it was mostly him and his grandmother when he was a little boy, and how she would only speak spanish so that's his first language. He said something about learning english when he was 4 or 5.

by Anonymousreply 7604/11/2012


by Anonymousreply 7704/12/2012

Raul and his leather pants (before he shaved the beard).

by Anonymousreply 7804/13/2012

Most of Raul's photos don't do him justice. He's a thousand times better live.

Still nice, though.

by Anonymousreply 7904/13/2012

When will post the 'ask a star' video?

by Anonymousreply 8004/14/2012

Raul's beard has a twitter account!

by Anonymousreply 8104/14/2012

Raul's beard is an effeminate

by Anonymousreply 8204/14/2012

His long hair and beard during the L.A. run made his character's evilness too obvious. Maybe that's why he shaved.

by Anonymousreply 8304/15/2012

Get over to Playbill on line! Production photos of Raul (and his tbcjscpctscroc) in nicely fitted LEATHER pants!!!

Raul in a tank top!!

Raul POSING!!!

Raul crossing his legs..

sorry no feets pics

The show may be a DUD but Supreme Papi looks fabulous..

by Anonymousreply 8404/17/2012


by Anonymousreply 8504/17/2012

Another flop and no Tony for Raul. How unfortunate considering he's a bit... long in the tooth.

by Anonymousreply 8604/17/2012

Heard from a friend that Raul and Nick are over. Raul is dating outside the B'way circle, and has been spotted walking around town with a handsome businesslike fellow who seems around 40.

by Anonymousreply 8704/17/2012

He's not pretending to be a twentysomething

by Anonymousreply 8804/17/2012

And you are younger than springtime, R86?

by Anonymousreply 8904/17/2012

They are over becaue Nick is a whore.

by Anonymousreply 9004/17/2012

Raul's not any better, r90.

by Anonymousreply 9104/17/2012

They're both whores especially Nick.

by Anonymousreply 9204/17/2012

They've been over for almost a year and a half.

by Anonymousreply 9304/17/2012

Nicky's with press agent Mikey Hartman who reps How To Succeed, which Nick is chorus boy in.

by Anonymousreply 9404/18/2012

Is Fred Rose older than Raul? Nick Mayo and Bobby Steggert are like 10 years younger than him.

by Anonymousreply 9504/18/2012

Raul was a nun compared to Nick. That boy gets around!

by Anonymousreply 9604/18/2012

Producers of Leap of Faith think Papi looks too fat in production photos! In today's Michael Riedel column NY Post.

by Anonymousreply 9704/20/2012


by Anonymousreply 9804/20/2012

Wouldn't surprise me if Riedel made up the whole "fat" thing.

by Anonymousreply 9904/20/2012

What does Papi have lined up next. Doubt he'll be a-Leaping for long.

by Anonymousreply 10004/23/2012

Raul got an Outer Circle whatever nom for best actor in a musical!

by Anonymousreply 10104/23/2012

It sucks that after all these years LOF will crash and burn so quickly. We already know that the reviews will be bad. At least Raul still shines, considering everything else around him.

The good thing is that once LOF is gone he will finally be able to do more interesting (and GOOD) projects. In many ways LOF was holding him down.

by Anonymousreply 10204/25/2012

Raul, his tbcjscpctscroc and his rain soaked nips in the final scene won't save this show!

by Anonymousreply 10304/27/2012

The reviews were bad but DAMN, he is looking really good:

by Anonymousreply 10404/27/2012

I like how Jim Dale is always there for Raul on opening night.

And LIZA was there!!

by Anonymousreply 10504/27/2012

Kudisch too

by Anonymousreply 10604/27/2012

More pics, including Raul with Liza, Raul with Kudisch, Raul and Jim Dale:

by Anonymousreply 10704/28/2012

Raul and Marc Kudisch seem very close, they are always hugging each other.

by Anonymousreply 10804/29/2012

No nomination for Raul but Best Musical for the show? Weird.

They have no chance of winning, but will they try to hold on until Tony time?

by Anonymousreply 10905/01/2012

No way they stay open until the tonys. Maybe a week more to see if there's any boost but that's it.

by Anonymousreply 11005/01/2012

The Gypsy Robe ceremony. Not the best pics of Raul but scroll down to see his full outfit ;)

by Anonymousreply 11105/01/2012

He looks really tired


by Anonymousreply 11205/01/2012

Ask a star: Raul Esparza

by Anonymousreply 11305/04/2012


11 minutes of Raul and his feets, for all the world to see!


by Anonymousreply 11405/04/2012

God, he looks good. All the fat trolls can suck it.

by Anonymousreply 11505/04/2012

Call me crazy but I think he knows about this thread. No reason for him to be barefoot other than to show his feet because he knows about the Raul's feet love on DL. He wasn't even wearing flip-flops!

And he was very flirtatious.

by Anonymousreply 11605/05/2012

r116: I'm 90% sure you are right.

But if there were flip-flops beside the couch instead of sneakers I would be 100% certain.

by Anonymousreply 11705/05/2012

He wants to play Giorgio. Maybe Doyle will give him a call?

I do agree with him that he's too old for the role.

by Anonymousreply 11805/05/2012

He's too old and too ugly. Fosca is supposed to be the unattractive one.

by Anonymousreply 11905/05/2012

Somebody please shit in my mouth!!!

by Anonymousreply 12005/05/2012

He did it on purpose. He could've done the interview with his socks on (you can see them right there with the shoes) but chose to bare his feets instead.

Not that I'm complaining!

by Anonymousreply 12105/05/2012

I also think the part where he is face down on the couch with his fine papi butt in the air is a shout-out to the "Raul is a bottom" troll.

by Anonymousreply 12205/05/2012

R116 I totally agree with you.

I never would have thought of his feet without this meme on DL, and can't imagine him making a conscious decision to do it.

Raul, if you're watching, the hello to gay fans is cool and sexy. Not a feet fan, but it was sexy.

by Anonymousreply 12305/05/2012

Paul Wontorek loves him. Raul's videos are always great.

by Anonymousreply 12405/05/2012

[quote]I also think the part where he is face down on the couch with his fine papi butt in the air is a shout-out to the "Raul is a bottom" troll.

My favorite part!

by Anonymousreply 12505/05/2012

Cute interview but he looks really tired.

by Anonymousreply 12605/06/2012

He is. He meant it when he said this show is kicking his butt. But he's getting the hang of it. I figure he'll finally hit his stride just about the time the show closes.

by Anonymousreply 12705/06/2012

The bare feets? Totally intentional and I loved it!

by Anonymousreply 12805/07/2012

I agree. Raul (and his bare feets)with a shout out to his DL fans.

by Anonymousreply 12905/07/2012

Raul has BIG feet.

by Anonymousreply 13005/07/2012

to go along with his BIG nose, his BIG hands, and his tBcjscpctscroc.

by Anonymousreply 13105/07/2012

leap closes Sunday

by Anonymousreply 13205/08/2012

{sigh] no more Raul heading to the St. James stage door in cargo shorts, flip flopped feets and carrying his Starbucks coffee!

by Anonymousreply 13305/08/2012


by Anonymousreply 13405/09/2012


"Simple Joys"


by Anonymousreply 13505/09/2012

I love that clip

One of his best

by Anonymousreply 13605/09/2012

Me too R136.

by Anonymousreply 13705/09/2012

LEAP is closing just in time - now Raul can go play Giorgio in the CSC revival of PASSION downtown this summer.

The director, Raul's buddy John Doyle (they did COMPANY together), has been hoping LEAP would close quickly and has been holding the part open for Raul, casting all the other roles first.

Judy Kuhn, who played Fosca in DC 10 years ago, will do it again, and Melissa Errico will play Clara.

by Anonymousreply 13805/09/2012

Will Raul show his ass and will Melissa bare her breasts like Jere Shea and Marin Mazzie in the original production?

by Anonymousreply 13905/09/2012

I am one of the few who loved the original production. Murphy's Fosca is still the greatest musical theatre performance I've ever seen. Loved Mazzie as well.

Raul as Giorgio could be very interesting. And he has plenty of chemistry with Errico, they were lovely in Sunday. Kuhn is fantastic.

I wouldn't be so sure about nudity, after all this is a Doyle show.

by Anonymousreply 14005/10/2012

Will LOF be recorded?

by Anonymousreply 14105/10/2012

I doubt it. There is a bootleg video out of a preview althugh the first few minutes are audio only. A school group came in late and the St. James usher seated them in the wrong row! So the taper had to hide the cam so to speak.

by Anonymousreply 14205/10/2012

He's so cute in the ask a star video! I like how fidgety he is. He also looks young, not 41 at all so that might work for Passion, if it happens.

And I want to tickle his feets!

by Anonymousreply 14305/10/2012

The sweet smell of Raul Esparza

by Anonymousreply 14405/11/2012

There is also a bootleg from the L.A. tryout with Brooke Shields and several audios from Broadway.

A proper cast recording is not out of the question. Menken wants one.

by Anonymousreply 14505/12/2012

So Raul and Nick are over. What about their dog?

by Anonymousreply 14605/12/2012

who has the 411 on Raul's new bf

by Anonymousreply 14705/13/2012

Does he have one already?

by Anonymousreply 14805/13/2012


by Anonymousreply 14905/13/2012

[quote]bobby cannavale @jakybaky Ok. I go see ALOT of theater. This I know: Leap Of Faith should NOT be closing today. Just saw it.Absolutely great.That closing's confusing.

by Anonymousreply 15005/14/2012

Good luck to the cast of LOF. They are truly an energetic and talented group.

Papi (we know you are reading this), can't wait to see what's next for you: Passion? more TV or film? more barefoot vids?

by Anonymousreply 15105/14/2012

Raul in the Kevin Kline role in ON THE 20th CENTURY starring Kristin Chenoweth. next season

by Anonymousreply 15205/14/2012

did they do a video recording for Lincoln Center library?

[quote]There is also a bootleg from the L.A. tryout with Brooke Shields

Yes but it so different from what landed on Broadway.

by Anonymousreply 15305/14/2012

No, r152, the only role in On The Twentieth Century that he'd play is Oscar Jaffee.

by Anonymousreply 15405/14/2012

If Raul were taller and had a richer voice he'd be the perfect Oscar Jaffe.

by Anonymousreply 15505/14/2012

A KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN with Raul as Molina!




by Anonymousreply 15605/14/2012

In general I'd agree with you, r155, but he's the perfect height for Oscar Jaffee when the Lily Garland is Kristin Chenoweth.

by Anonymousreply 15705/14/2012

No, with Raul as Alfred Molina--even better!

by Anonymousreply 15805/14/2012

What R155 said.

by Anonymousreply 15905/14/2012

Bruce Granit is a tony winning role in a beloved musical. I'm sure Raul will be happy to do it even if it's not the lead (was Valentine the lead in Arcadia? Philip Salon in Taboo?). His age could be an issue, though.

by Anonymousreply 16005/14/2012

Anyone know what's happening with The Golden Age, the new McNally play? He did a couple workshops of it in between Leap LA and Broadway.

by Anonymousreply 16105/14/2012


by Anonymousreply 16205/17/2012

Bobby Steggert was in The Golden Age workshops with Raul, wasn't he? that's when the fucking probably began.

by Anonymousreply 16305/17/2012

Wow LOF closes and this thread sure get quiet. NO sightings?

by Anonymousreply 16405/19/2012

He's doing the AIDS walk tomorrow.

by Anonymousreply 16505/19/2012

He will need a good foot massage afterwards.

by Anonymousreply 16605/20/2012

Esparza doesn't have nearly a good enough voice for legit musical theater. He can do in between like Sondheim, but that's the extent of it.

by Anonymousreply 16705/20/2012

He's got the pipes, what he doesn't have is the proper training, he said so himself on that video.

It's a good thing LEAP closed because that role could have done permanent damage to his voice, just like Alice Ripley in NEXT TO NORMAL.

by Anonymousreply 16805/20/2012

Encores! 20th Anniversary Season to Feature FIORELLO!, IT'S A BIRD...IT'S A PLANE...IT'S SUPERMAN, ON YOUR TOES & Gala with Esparza & O'Hara!

by Anonymousreply 16905/21/2012

Raul joins Meryl and Kevin Kline in the ROMEO AND JULIET reading.

I loved his Orsino at the park and really wanted to see him do more shakespeare. Too bad I won't be seeing this.

by Anonymousreply 17005/24/2012

Raul as Mercutio? Tybalt? Benvolio? The Nurse?

by Anonymousreply 17105/26/2012


Giorgio in PASSION?


The Baker in INTO THE WOODS?

You choose

by Anonymousreply 17205/28/2012

Why can't he do both? One is in July, the other starts February.

by Anonymousreply 17305/28/2012

Giorgio, but I don't think it will happen.

by Anonymousreply 17405/28/2012

Leap on Tonys.

by Anonymousreply 17505/30/2012

oh good god....I can't believe that piece of shit was nominated for a Tony..

by Anonymousreply 17605/30/2012

What is Raul doing now? What does a Broadway actor do until the next gig? They can't be at auditions ever day. Does Raul even audition anymore?

by Anonymousreply 17705/31/2012


by Anonymousreply 17806/02/2012

Will Papi Raul be at the Drama Desks tonight? Nick was by his side the last couple of times he was nominated.

by Anonymousreply 17906/03/2012

Is he performing with the rest of the LEAP cast?

by Anonymousreply 18006/06/2012

Yes, r180, he is performing with the rest of the cast of LEAP OF FAITH on the Tonys.

by Anonymousreply 18106/06/2012

I wasn't sure because of what happened when he was nominated for Company, with him being the only one from the cast to perform on the telecast.

Will they do the title number or one of the revival numbers?

by Anonymousreply 18206/06/2012

I don't think he will be doing musicals anytime soon. He's said before that musicals are extremely hard and exhausting, and how much time did he waste on this one? six years? just for a run of less than a month and his first bad review on the NYT. He will, however, keep doing more and more concerts. He has a few "Raul sings Sondheim!" shows lined up for the rest of the year.

His next Broadway show will be a play, where he is always great. It will be sooner than you think.

by Anonymousreply 18306/07/2012

Where is he doing these Sondheim concerts? Any idea what he's singing in them?

by Anonymousreply 18406/07/2012

Despite the terrible reviews for the show I still feel that Raul should have been nominated for the tony over Ron Raines (WTF!) or Norm Lewis. Raul was great.

Brantley is an idiot.

by Anonymousreply 18506/07/2012

Here, R 184:

by Anonymousreply 18606/08/2012

Thanks, r186. But....Cabaret is a Sondheim revival?? Don't think I want to be the one to tell Mr. Kander that bit of news.

You mentioned "a few" concerts - is he doing this show anywhere else? (hoping...)

by Anonymousreply 18706/08/2012

This is the only Raul/Sondheim concert that's been announced (I think).

by Anonymousreply 18806/08/2012

And I can't find official info about the LOF cast recording, only some tweet from Menken.

by Anonymousreply 18906/08/2012

r187, it only says he has performed in Cabaret, not that it's the concert. Read more carefully next time.

by Anonymousreply 19006/08/2012

I read it very carefully, r190. Perhaps you should go read it again. This is what the blurb said:

"performing in works such as the revival of Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia and three Sondheim revivals: Cabaret, Sunday in the Park, and, most recently, Company."

That sentence clearly states that "Cabaret" is a Sondheim show. Which it is not, it was written by Kander and Ebb. It seems my rather lame attempt at humor failed.

They are recording the cast album next week. There won't be any official announcement until after it's recorded and mastered and they have a release date.

by Anonymousreply 19106/08/2012

r187 / r191, you're right. I should've read more carefully. Sorry about that.

by Anonymousreply 19206/09/2012

Raul didn't walk the red carpet or anything, right? Only there to perform/represent the show.

by Anonymousreply 19306/10/2012

He was great and looked yummy!

Who's the lucky bitch that gets to fuck that fine cuban ass and blow that tbcjscpctscroc?

by Anonymousreply 19406/10/2012

Thank god he wasn't wearing that ridiculous jacket.

by Anonymousreply 19506/10/2012

Who cares who gets to fuck that ass. The only thing Papi should put behind him is this damn Leap show.

by Anonymousreply 19606/11/2012

Leap of Faith came off extremely well last night and he looked fantastic but I agree with r196. At last Papi can move on.

by Anonymousreply 19706/11/2012

Nobody can growl as good as Raul. Josh Young could have used some tips for his JCS performance.

by Anonymousreply 19806/11/2012


by Anonymousreply 19906/11/2012

Leap of Faith recording official. They go into the studio tomorrow:

by Anonymousreply 20006/12/2012

Jessica Phillips, Leslie Odom Jr and Raul at the studio:

by Anonymousreply 20106/14/2012

More pics:

by Anonymousreply 20206/14/2012

I bet he was wearing flip flops

by Anonymousreply 20306/14/2012

OMG! look at that grayish beard :(

by Anonymousreply 20406/14/2012

He looks 10 years younger when he shaves.

by Anonymousreply 20506/15/2012

Nick was in a video with Brent Corrigan!


by Anonymousreply 20606/17/2012

He's cute

by Anonymousreply 20706/17/2012


by Anonymousreply 20806/17/2012

That is incredibly old, r206, and Raul and Nick are no longer together.

by Anonymousreply 20906/17/2012

Now Raul can be with Bobby again!


by Anonymousreply 21006/17/2012

Raul is no prince but Nick is a huge whore

by Anonymousreply 21106/17/2012

Does Raul really fool around as much as it is suggested here on DL?

by Anonymousreply 21206/17/2012

He used to, r212, but he's become a lot more settled in the last couple of years.

by Anonymousreply 21306/17/2012

Bobby was Raul's hottest bf (so far)

Bobby > Fred > Nick

by Anonymousreply 21406/17/2012

Thanks, r213

It seems like his whole persona has mellowed over the years.

by Anonymousreply 21506/17/2012

The closet made him miserable, bitchy and whorish.

By the time he was doing Twelfth Night you had a slightly neurotic but generally cool man, funny, a little shy, self-deprecating, intelligent. He can be moody but not vicious like some of the cunts that get a pass just because they are "divas" that have been on the stage since Euripides. I quite like him. He deserves another vehicle like Company or Speed the Plow, not something like Leap of Faith.

And pictures don't do him justice. He's very attractive in person, more so onstage.

by Anonymousreply 21606/17/2012

r213, how the hell do you know what he does in his bedroom?

by Anonymousreply 21706/17/2012

[quote]He deserves another vehicle like Company or Speed the Plow, not something like Leap of Faith

Absolutely. I hope the Glengarry Glen Ross rumors are true.

by Anonymousreply 21806/17/2012

From the bit on the Tonys Leap didn't look as atrocious as I'd thought. It would have been helpful had it not been a virtual frame for frame ripoff of The Music Man, substituting religion for music, but there you go.

by Anonymousreply 21906/17/2012

[quote] He's very attractive in person, more so onstage.

An orchestra pit does wonders.

by Anonymousreply 22006/17/2012

Leap wasn't as bad as Brantley and the hysterical BWW and ATC queens said. I found it more enjoyable than the bland Newsies or the boring Nice Work. Raul should have been nominated, he was much better than pretty "it boy" of the season Jeremy Jordan and the awfully wooden Ron Raines (How the fuck did that happen?). I'm looking foward to the cast recording.

by Anonymousreply 22106/18/2012

Pics from yesterday

by Anonymousreply 22206/19/2012


by Anonymousreply 22306/23/2012

[quote]not vicious like some of the cunts that get a pass just because they are "divas" that have been on the stage since Euripides


by Anonymousreply 22406/23/2012

For this sunday morning

by Anonymousreply 22506/24/2012

R216, that’s a very astute description of Raul. Do you have any more insightful thoughts to share about him?

by Anonymousreply 22606/24/2012

Yeah, I liked r216's post too.

Give us more, please.

by Anonymousreply 22706/27/2012

It's been primetime for AGES!

A question: Was Company taped before or after the tonys?

by Anonymousreply 22806/30/2012

After. It was recorded on Saturday, June 30th, 2007, at both the matinee and evening performance and the final result was a compilation of the best shots from each show.

Company closed the following day, July 1, 2007.

by Anonymousreply 22906/30/2012

Thank you, r229.

Can't believe that it has been 5 years already.

by Anonymousreply 23006/30/2012

Get the bootleg of the final performance if you can, it is wonderful!

by Anonymousreply 23107/01/2012

I can't really add much to what I said before, just that working with him pre and post Company was like working with two different people.I was talking about him with a couple of mutual friends recently and we all reached the same conclusion: coming out changed him for the better, that is obvious, but also, believe it or not, losing the tony for Company. I don't know if that makes sense but it is true. He is still very aware of the talent he has, meaning that he still has an ego (wich actor doesn't?), but much under control.

There's a fair amount of jealousy around him (it's the theatre after all) People that act as friends only to trash him whe he turns his back. There were plenty of happy hypocrites when Leap of Faith was trashed by most critics, and those who rejoiced when his alleged "weight problem" made the Post. Riedel probably made that up, knowing that he was hitting a nerve with Raul. I believe he's more aware of this now, or probably just doesn't care.

As for partners, I only saw him with Nick. Despite the gossip they looked like a happy couple, and Nick had a big part in the creation of this "new Raul"

by Anonymousreply 23207/02/2012

Interesting, r232

by Anonymousreply 23307/03/2012

He sounds fabulous as Che! Who saw him?

by Anonymousreply 23407/04/2012

He was a great, powerful Che. He blew Natalie Toro out of the water.

by Anonymousreply 23507/04/2012

More Raul in Evita:

by Anonymousreply 23607/05/2012

Frankly I'm surprised that no one has made a ton of screencaps and gifs of Raul and his feets from the ask a star video, especially now that you know that he's aware of his feets being a 'thing' on DL.

You bitches are slipping.

by Anonymousreply 23707/05/2012

Maybe the "Raul's feets troll" is bussy.

by Anonymousreply 23807/05/2012


by Anonymousreply 23907/08/2012

Nobody loves a bussy troll, r238

by Anonymousreply 24007/08/2012

Raul and Cherry Jones at Sundance!

by Anonymousreply 24107/10/2012

R241 Cherry Jones is doing two roles in two plays and Raul is doing a musical based on a graphic novel. Very nice!

by Anonymousreply 24207/10/2012

Too bad they're not doing anything together. He's a HUGE Cherry Jones fan.

by Anonymousreply 24307/10/2012

Go to (approximately) the 12 minute 25 second mark over on what I am linking to.

It is from 2005 and it is an American Theatre Wing roundtable with Cherry Jones, Raul, and other folks.

Here is the point...

At 12:25 Raul just has an absolute fanboy moment over Cherry Jones and it is just delightful. He is articulate and yet just truly an absolute fanboy over her.

by Anonymousreply 24407/10/2012

Is he really into feet?

by Anonymousreply 24507/10/2012

Thanks for the link, r244. I loved that!

by Anonymousreply 24607/10/2012

It seems like he's also a big fan of Elizabeth Marvel.

by Anonymousreply 24707/11/2012

I watched "Martha Marcy May Marlene" and noticed that Raul gets a "special thanks" at the end of the credits. Turns out he was part of a reading of the script, I can only imagine him doing the John Hawkes part.

I wish he would do more movies and TV. Maybe now that Leap crashed and burned?

by Anonymousreply 24807/14/2012

Hope Raul's enjoying the sun and fun at Sundance.

by Anonymousreply 24907/15/2012

R249 and Cherry Jones as well, eh? She is doing two plays.

I have checked the Sundance site to see if they will maybe record and upload the plays but have yet to find anything. If I find anything I will link to it here for everyone.

by Anonymousreply 25007/15/2012

Thanks, r250! Fingers crossed you find something!

by Anonymousreply 25107/15/2012

Pics would be nice too!

by Anonymousreply 25207/15/2012

[quote]Is he really into feet?

I think he likes it when his boyfriends or fb are into his feets. Remember Fred and the Westway Diner? The video is also a treat from Raul to his gay fans.

Does that count as foot fetishism? When you want people to notice and worship your feets?

by Anonymousreply 25307/16/2012

it counts, r253

by Anonymousreply 25407/16/2012

This could be awesome!

by Anonymousreply 25507/16/2012

This thread needs more Raul:

by Anonymousreply 25607/19/2012

That Raul/Kelli O'Hara Encores! concert has been announced like 20 times already. I want to see him in one of the shows, not just that concert.

by Anonymousreply 25707/23/2012


by Anonymousreply 25807/25/2012

Is he single?

by Anonymousreply 25907/25/2012


by Anonymousreply 26007/28/2012

LOF news:

by Anonymousreply 26108/01/2012

Raul in L&O


by Anonymousreply 26208/03/2012

Since the other one got shut down (damn trolls), can our beloved Theatre Gossip OP please start a new thread? Hopefully this one won't get infested with alien cockroaches.

by Anonymousreply 26308/03/2012

Great news, r262! And it looks like he finally gets to play a good guy this time!

by Anonymousreply 26408/03/2012

Any good Raul gossip? Or any gossip at all? What about Nick? And Bobby?

And I second r263. Can't believe the level of crazy on the last theatre thread.

by Anonymousreply 26508/03/2012

Raul's first L&O role led to his first official DL thread.

by Anonymousreply 26608/03/2012

On the set:

by Anonymousreply 26708/03/2012


by Anonymousreply 26808/03/2012


by Anonymousreply 26908/03/2012

WOW, MARY X 1000!

The fact that people thought he was straight for so long baffles me.

by Anonymousreply 27008/03/2012

Another SVU pic:

by Anonymousreply 27108/03/2012

R267's pic is PRECIOUS!

by Anonymousreply 27208/04/2012

Esparza is a failry common mexican surname. Does he have mexican ancestors too?

It also means "spread"

by Anonymousreply 27308/05/2012

[quote]The fact that people thought he was straight for so long baffles me.

Oh, I don't know, that might've had something to do with the fact that for years he was married to a woman.

by Anonymousreply 27408/05/2012

I wonder how did that marriage work. Do you think he tried to stay faithful and hide his gayness due to his religious upbringing or was he cruising for cock all the time?

His wife always seemed like the typical fag hag. Maybe she thought she could change him? She must have known something about his past male relationships when she married him, or at least suspect.

by Anonymousreply 27508/05/2012

He might've tried to hide his bisexuality... I don't think he's ever adopted the gay label, has he?

by Anonymousreply 27608/05/2012

Are we sure he's bisexual? Has he ever been linked to another woman?

He seems like a gay man to me.

by Anonymousreply 27708/05/2012

[quote]“There was a part of me that was trying to get rid of it,” he says of his relationship with a man. “That was saying: ‘That was interesting, that was part of me, but it’s not all of me. I choose, because I love this woman, to marry her.’ It was a little bit naïve of me: That was then, that’s that city, that was an experience and wasn’t that interesting back then? When the truth is, it’s not a person, not a place, not an experience. It’s you, who you are.”

Sounds gay to me.

by Anonymousreply 27808/05/2012

Sounds completely bisexual.

by Anonymousreply 27908/05/2012

[quote]You meet instead a funny, self-deprecating man who arrives in jeans and an old sweater and kicks off his shoes.

Some things never change!

by Anonymousreply 28008/05/2012

How so, r279?

by Anonymousreply 28108/05/2012

No r259 he's not single these days. someone new not in the business.

by Anonymousreply 28208/06/2012

He got tired of dealing with chorus boys

by Anonymousreply 28308/06/2012

R273, Raul's family came to Cuba from Spain. I don't believe there is any connection to Mexico anywhere in the family. And a more precise definition of the usage of "spread" as translated from "esparza" would be to scatter, like you would scatter birdseed or grain.

by Anonymousreply 28408/07/2012

I love that, R280!

by Anonymousreply 28508/07/2012

Do you think Raul watched fellow Cuban-American hottie Danell Leyva's performance and cheered enthusiastically? I like to think so.

And by cheered I mean masturbate.

by Anonymousreply 28608/07/2012

Raul is shooting an episode of L&O: SVU this week.

by Anonymousreply 28708/07/2012

Is SVU the only L&O left for Raul to appear?

by Anonymousreply 28808/07/2012

Of course, R286

by Anonymousreply 28908/08/2012

That boy is beautiful

by Anonymousreply 29008/09/2012

People said he was bisexual because at the time he was still legally married, even though he and his wife were separated. Since the Times article he has lived as a gay man, dating only other gay men.

Remember that he comes from an extremely religious and homophobic community. I can only imagine how awful it must have been for him when his parents found out about his relationship with the NYU professor.

by Anonymousreply 29108/10/2012

but they're still married

by Anonymousreply 29208/13/2012

Doubt it.

by Anonymousreply 29308/13/2012

Raul was at the Marvin Hamlisch's funeral today.

by Anonymousreply 29408/14/2012

He did some concerts with him, didn't he.

Was he there alone, or with wife or bf?

by Anonymousreply 29508/15/2012

He did, one with Kristin Chenoweth and I think the other one with Audra and Martin Short.

by Anonymousreply 29608/15/2012

He told this story at the funeral:

Esparza remembered auditioning for “Sweet Smell of Success” as a young actor. He didn’t get a part, but Hamlisch stopped him later at a restaurant and told him he wished they had cast him and thought Esparza was going to be huge. “You know what? For a guy who is starting out, to hear that from Marvin Hamlisch at a diner, that’s huge.”

by Anonymousreply 29708/15/2012

That's sweet

by Anonymousreply 29808/15/2012

r292. Nope. They were divorced some time ago.

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by Anonymousreply 30008/15/2012

He is extremely hot, I would lick him from head to toe. No other actor makes me feel this way and I can't explain why. It's strange.

All my friends think he is very talented but not hot. Cute maybe, but not hot.

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by Anonymousreply 30208/21/2012

Raul is too old for cute.

by Anonymousreply 30308/21/2012

I still believe that he can play Che. Of course it won't happen but he's always been the ideal choice. Too bad he is not a name.

What's he doing next?

by Anonymousreply 30408/21/2012

or more important here, who?

by Anonymousreply 30508/21/2012

I wonder what went wrong between Raul and Nick. I doubt it was the fact that they were sleeping with other people, since thay had an open relationship.

Does Nick have a new boyfriend?

by Anonymousreply 30608/22/2012

yes theater press agent Michael Hartman

by Anonymousreply 30708/22/2012

They were constantly breaking up and getting back together. After more than a while it got old. They realized it was not working anymore.

Raul moved out of the apartment they shared and it was over. Bobby Steggert was already in the picture.

by Anonymousreply 30808/22/2012

[quote]They were constantly breaking up and getting back together

The sex must've been amazing.

by Anonymousreply 30908/22/2012

Raul and Bobby......sigh

The only pairing that could be more perfect is Raul and Paulo.

by Anonymousreply 31008/23/2012

It's been said before, r305. Apparently someone not in the industry and closer to Raul's age than Nick or Bobby.

by Anonymousreply 31108/27/2012


by Anonymousreply 31209/01/2012

Is he still maintaining his marriage or did they finally seperate/divorce?

by Anonymousreply 31309/01/2012

They divorced.

by Anonymousreply 31409/01/2012

No word about the Leap cast recording?

by Anonymousreply 31509/01/2012

Probably by the end of the year. Maybe January/February of next year.

by Anonymousreply 31609/02/2012

[quote]All my friends think he is very talented but not hot. Cute maybe, but not hot.

He shows up naked with his tbcjscpctscroc hard as a rock and they'll be all on their knees in no time.

by Anonymousreply 31709/03/2012

check your facts r314

by Anonymousreply 31809/05/2012

Check your references, r318. Check Wikipedia and IMDb. Both state they are divorced, as well as anecdotal comments made here over the past few years.

by Anonymousreply 31909/05/2012

Why would he stay married? It makes no sense, unless it involves some legal/money issue. Everyone knows by now that he sleeps with men.

He doesn't wear a wedding ring anymore, I'll go with the divorce claims.

by Anonymousreply 32009/05/2012

huh? wikipedia says 'Married to Michele Esparza, his high school girlfriend, since 1993, they had been separated "off and on", the actor has said, but are still married as of 2012.'

by Anonymousreply 32109/05/2012

I wouldn't trust wikipedia.

by Anonymousreply 32209/05/2012

Entries to Wikipedia can be made and changed by anyone. That being said, the statement that they were divorced in 2008 had been on his Wikipedia page for years. Somebody with the handle "JonNightengale" (really? that's pretty lame, using "JonNightengale" right after Leap has closed) went in and changed it in July, arbitrarily deciding that because there weren't any "verifiable sources" that of course they couldn't possibly be divorced. Sounds like the trollina who insists that Raul isn't gay made up that name and that entry into Wikipedia.

He is in no way a big enough celebrity for a report of a divorce to make the news in any way. Unless Raul issues a press release saying "we're divorced" (which he will never do, he's way too private a person) there never will be a "verifiable source" that "JonNightengale" would accept.

Oh, and messing with Raul's Wikipedia page is the only thing "JonNightengale" has ever done on Wikipedia. A really lame troll.

by Anonymousreply 32309/05/2012

Trollina is ALIVE? Dios Mio!

by Anonymousreply 32409/06/2012

so is Papi doing the Passion of the Doyle with Judy Kuhn and La Errico?

by Anonymousreply 32509/06/2012

When does it start?

by Anonymousreply 32609/06/2012

Forget Giorgio, he wants to do Sweeney and I think he would be simply perfect. Maybe not right now but in 5 or 6 years.

by Anonymousreply 32709/06/2012

Passion is set for February at the Classic Stage Company.

by Anonymousreply 32809/06/2012

From the main thread:

[quote]Saw Raul the other day looking really good (how can you call him fat? unless your name is Calista Flockhart). He was with a hot older stud, clearly older than him, and taller. The man looked a bit like Thomas Hampson. They were all smiles and seemed quite comfortable with each other. Is this the new bf? the mysterious businessman according to the Raul thread? definitely a step up from Nick Mayo, looks wise.

by Anonymousreply 32909/11/2012

bump for papi's new bf

by Anonymousreply 33009/14/2012

Thomas Hampson the opera singer?

by Anonymousreply 33109/14/2012

Not Thomas Hampson (yes the opera singer), just someone who bears a slight resemblance to Thomas Hampson.

by Anonymousreply 33209/14/2012

Now I'm REALLY curious!

Hampson used to be a hottie, BTW

by Anonymousreply 33309/15/2012

Interesting that he's dating older men again.

by Anonymousreply 33409/15/2012

one sighting and you know they're dating.

by Anonymousreply 33509/17/2012


by Anonymousreply 33609/19/2012

What I really want to know is what is his next move. A musical? A play? He must have something lined up besides bit parts in various L&O.

by Anonymousreply 33709/19/2012

He's been hitting the tanning beds, that's for sure!

by Anonymousreply 33809/19/2012

Papi doesn't need a tanning salon, a quick trip to his hometown will do the trick.

by Anonymousreply 33909/20/2012

I'm still hoping for a spanish album, r337.

by Anonymousreply 34009/21/2012

You can't tell from the photos but he is actually going gray. Very soon he'll have a full salt'n'pepper beard.

by Anonymousreply 34109/22/2012

Haha, r341. That's not gray, that's blonde. His beard has always been a much lighter color than his hair, and his eyebrows and beard turn blond when he gets a lot of sun. Notice you can barely see his eyebrows in that picture, they're so light.

by Anonymousreply 34209/22/2012

He's with older men because his boyfriend before 'Bobby baby' was a WHORE!!

by Anonymousreply 34309/22/2012

Tales of Nick's whorish behaviour, please. No one ever gives examples.

And unless Raul is dating 60 year olds then 'older men' should not be used. The man is in his forties, not a twentysomething.

by Anonymousreply 34409/22/2012

I'm not talking about the photo at 338, r342. I saw him up close recently and he was most definitely sporting some gray around his chin and sideburns. You are right about the eyebrows.

by Anonymousreply 34509/22/2012

Ann Hathaway doing Cabaret at Joe's Pub. Think her old 12th Night costar and experienced MC Papi will join her on his cumpleanos?

by Anonymousreply 34609/26/2012

That would be GREAT!

by Anonymousreply 34709/27/2012

More Raul news: He will be in more than one episode of SVU

[quote]I have a new D.A. this year – Raul Esparza is coming in as a D.A. and he’ll be coming back for several more episodes,” says Leight. “I like the different combinations I get to play around with. It’s nice to see Ice-T [as Fin] with Danny, Mariska with Raul.

by Anonymousreply 34809/27/2012

[quote]Mariska with Raul.

4 years ago this would have broken DL

by Anonymousreply 34909/30/2012

Raul at the grand reopening of the Atlantic Theater Company's main stage today.

by Anonymousreply 35010/02/2012

Ay papi, what are you wearing?

by Anonymousreply 35110/02/2012

I hate the way he poses at this events, it's weird and unflattering.

by Anonymousreply 35210/02/2012

I agree, R351/352

by Anonymousreply 35310/05/2012

New interview:

by Anonymousreply 35410/06/2012

Bump for Papi on TV


by Anonymousreply 35510/10/2012

Video clip from SVU.

by Anonymousreply 35610/10/2012

I'll watch but only because of Raul. The whole thing sounds terrible.

by Anonymousreply 35710/10/2012

I liked it. Raul was great! Elizabeth Marvel was a nice surprise and Rory O'Malley had a bit part too.

by Anonymousreply 35810/10/2012

And he looked GOOD. A Papi's feets scene and it would have been perfect.

by Anonymousreply 35910/10/2012

Agree R359.

by Anonymousreply 36010/11/2012

The whole thing was ridiculous, but I loved it. Raul taking off his belt, Roger Bart choking him, all of it!

I hope Raul sticks around.

by Anonymousreply 36110/11/2012

He will be. He'll be on again on November 14, and Warren Leight has said he'll be in "several" episodes. I sure hope that means more than 2!

by Anonymousreply 36210/11/2012

Correction - the November 14th episode has been moved to October 31st. Raul for Halloween!

by Anonymousreply 36310/16/2012

Looking much better at the "Hyde Park On Hudson" screening:

by Anonymousreply 36410/16/2012

Somebody else dressed him?

by Anonymousreply 36510/16/2012

Ha! Probably

by Anonymousreply 36610/16/2012

He has a crappy personal style. When he wears suits all is well but he seems to fuck up every other choice of outfit somehow.

Naked is probably his best look.

by Anonymousreply 36710/18/2012

Papi in flip-flops a crappy look? Never

by Anonymousreply 36810/18/2012

I believe he values comfort over style.

by Anonymousreply 36910/18/2012

He looked dashing on SVU and the part with the belt, when he was yelling "Show me how you liked it!Pull it!", was hot.

by Anonymousreply 37010/20/2012

Raul will join friend Anne Hathaway tomorrow at Joe's Pub:

by Anonymousreply 37110/23/2012

It looks like a Twelfth Night revival! I hope they all remember to sing "Happy Birthday" to him tomorrow night.

by Anonymousreply 37210/23/2012

That would be sweet!

by Anonymousreply 37310/23/2012

The stuff they recorded for Twelfth Night is really good. "Come away death" with Raul and Anne? Beautiful

by Anonymousreply 37410/23/2012

Feliz Cumpleaños!

by Anonymousreply 37510/24/2012

Birthday cake at SVU:

by Anonymousreply 37610/24/2012

Pics of last night? song list?

by Anonymousreply 37710/25/2012

If they even had a cake ready for him at the L&O set then he is definitely going to be in more than a couple of episodes.

Raul on TV is always a good thing.

by Anonymousreply 37810/25/2012

Pic of last night.

by Anonymousreply 37910/25/2012

Raul with his cake:

by Anonymousreply 38010/26/2012

Raul missed the first show Songs from CABARET at Joe's Pub cause he was filming L&O SVU. But he made it to the second show. And was fabulous.

by Anonymousreply 38110/26/2012

aaah, that makes sense.

by Anonymousreply 38210/26/2012

The T-shirt makes it look like Raul has moobs....that or he just has perky nipples.

He got two cakes in one day and both looked almost the same!

by Anonymousreply 38310/26/2012

For several years now there has been talk of a remake of CABARET (for TV) using the stage libretto and all the songs.... if it EVER happens, maybe Anne Hathaway for Sally and Papi for the Emcee? He was great in the Roundabout revival.

by Anonymousreply 38410/26/2012

Raul was a fabulous Emcee, but if that movie ever happens (wich I doubt) they will cast a name, probably someone much younger.

by Anonymousreply 38510/26/2012

[quote]“Les Misérables” star Anne Hathaway set her sights on a different musical, “Cabaret,” when she wowed the audience at a show at Joe’s Pub Wednesday night. “Anne vamped like Audrey Hepburn and sounded like Liza Minnelli,” said a spy, adding she “dressed as Sally Bowles in tiny black satin shorts, black undershirt, a bow tie and boots, with dark, cropped hair and green nail polish.” In the audience were “Silver Linings Playbook” producer Harvey Weinstein, “Lincoln” screenwriter Tony Kushner, choreographer Kathleen Marshall and 85-year-old “Cabaret” composer John Kander. Hathaway was joined on stage by “Les Miz” co-star Eddie Redmayne, Audra McDonald, Linda Lavin and Raul Esparza. A second show was added after the first sold out. At an after-party at the Public Theater’s new restaurant-lounge The Library, a birthday cake was brought out to surprise Esparza, and the golden-piped guests sang “Happy Birthday.”

by Anonymousreply 38610/26/2012

Raul would be a brilliant Frank-N-Furter, don't you think?

by Anonymousreply 38710/27/2012

R385- Not a theatrical film, CABARET would be a TV version. If it ever gets the go ahead.

by Anonymousreply 38810/27/2012

Leap of Faith cast recording being released December 18.

by Anonymousreply 38910/31/2012

And Raul on SVU tonight.

by Anonymousreply 39010/31/2012

That was almost a cameo

by Anonymousreply 39111/01/2012


He still wouldn't be cast for a TV version.

by Anonymousreply 39211/01/2012


by Anonymousreply 39311/10/2012

More TV for Raul!

by Anonymousreply 39411/12/2012

At least he can't complain about not being cast as latin. That's all he does now!

And why can't he be on a show that I watch, like Revenge or Homeland.

by Anonymousreply 39511/12/2012

Looks like he's only doing stuff that films in New York.

by Anonymousreply 39611/12/2012

He's doing his Sondheim concert on 11/17 at the Valley Performing Arts Center at Cal State Northridge.

by Anonymousreply 39711/12/2012

Not surprised by Raul doing more TV. Leap must have been a painful experience so he will probably take a break from the stage. The exception would have been Ricky Roma in the Glengarry revival. I know that he was close to being cast.

by Anonymousreply 39811/12/2012

Do you know why he wasn't, r398?

by Anonymousreply 39911/12/2012

I'm sure that Leap of Faith bombing was one of the reasons, if not the main reason. Cannavale is also a semi-name and Raul has played variations of Roma before.

All of you can imagine how Raul's Roma would have been. I can almost hear the lines clearly. It would've been a good performance, no doubt, but more of the same. Not much of a stretch.

If he's really taking a break from the stage then that's a wise move. Let the stench from Leap fade away while he keeps doing TV and more concerts, where he always excels. I'm actually surprised that he hasn't done 54Below yet. I'm sure it won't be long now and hopefully with a recording deal. His album is long overdue.

by Anonymousreply 40011/12/2012

Raul looking good last night at the Encores Gala.

by Anonymousreply 40111/13/2012

Guess he really is taking a break from the stage if he's not playing Giorgio in Passion for John Doyle at CSC. Though he had mentioned that he thought he was getting too old for the role, he certainly could have brought some spark to that role. Ah, well.

by Anonymousreply 40211/13/2012

Absolutely, r402

by Anonymousreply 40311/15/2012

Raul's "Her Face" from the encores gala is STUNNING. It almost made me cry.

by Anonymousreply 40411/16/2012

Any reviews/photos/audio/video from Raul's Sondheim concert last night?

by Anonymousreply 40511/18/2012

Last night's playlist:

ACT 1: Something's Coming, Not While I'm Around, Talent,, What Can You Lose, Another Hundred People, With So Little to Be Sure Of, Everybody Says Don't, Franklin Shepard Inc.

ACT 2: Take Me to the World, Lesson #8, I Remember, No More, Marry Me a Little, Happily Ever After, Multitudes of Amy, Being Alive

ENCORE: Finishing the Hat, Goodbye for Now

He also sang a tiny bit of Not Getting Married Today, joking that he should've prepared that song.

He was very relaxed and told many stories about working with Sondheim. Music director Mary Mitchell Campbell spoke a lot too; they have a great rapport. It was a very enjoyable evening.

by Anonymousreply 40611/18/2012

I would love to hear Raul sing "Goodbye for Now", that's a beautiful song.

by Anonymousreply 40711/18/2012

Raul's really building up that tv resume:

by Anonymousreply 40811/19/2012

Holy Shit! Raul and Mads Mikkelsen together in one show? Words cannot describe how awesome this could be. Don't fuck it up, NBC!

by Anonymousreply 40911/19/2012

More about the concert:

by Anonymousreply 41011/20/2012

the 'critic's' name is Macho Show Queen


by Anonymousreply 41111/20/2012

LOL! Nothing "Macho" about that review.

Sounds like a great concert. I really want to hear his 'Another Hundred People' and the Evening Primrose songs.

by Anonymousreply 41211/20/2012

Raul on his break from the stage:

by Anonymousreply 41311/21/2012

[quote]it was the best time to step away from a place where my heart was broken. It would be very hard to fall in love with the next musical right now.

Sad, even though we all knew this.

by Anonymousreply 41411/21/2012

Good job on SVU tonight. He seemed a bit...'heavy' during his first scene and it wasn't the shirt, but this L&O crew knows how to make him look good. When he played that killer reporter a couple of years ago he looked terrible.

by Anonymousreply 41511/21/2012

Just saw him on SVU. You guys are right...he's hot. But he speaks too fast in his scenes, and he's hard to understand.

by Anonymousreply 41611/21/2012

Yes, he was talking too fast during some scenes last night and he needs to tone down his walk a little bit - it's like he was on a runway! - but he'll get there. And I think he looked great, it's been a while since he looked this good on TV.

by Anonymousreply 41711/22/2012


by Anonymousreply 41811/28/2012

Brian Fuller really wanted Raul back on Pushing Daisies, but I can't remember if it was The Homecoming or Speed The Plow that kept him from shooting more episodes. Sad, since it was clear that he was going to end up with Chenoweth's character at the end.

Until SVU, Pushing Daisies was his best TV role. I'm excited about Hannibal, it sounds great.

by Anonymousreply 41911/28/2012

GWB is now Trouble in the Heights

by Anonymousreply 42011/28/2012

Every movie he makes takes like three years to come out!

by Anonymousreply 42111/30/2012

Wow! When did he do this?

by Anonymousreply 42211/30/2012

R422 Did you not read the text under the video?

by Anonymousreply 42311/30/2012

Last year. We talked about that performance in the previous thread. Only a couple of posters liked it. He was trying way too hard.

by Anonymousreply 42411/30/2012

Guess I need new glasses, r423.

by Anonymousreply 42511/30/2012

Audio from the "Raul sings Sondheim" concert:

by Anonymousreply 42612/02/2012

"Things go REALLY BAD on Broadway REALLY FAST!"

Awww Papi

by Anonymousreply 42712/04/2012

This was new to me:

by Anonymousreply 42812/07/2012

Speed The Plow, 2008

by Anonymousreply 42912/08/2012

What Raul has to do, besides staying as the new DA on SVU, is get his sexy ass back to Off-Broadway. Take risks, show his great range again, like almost ten years ago when he went from Georges to Charlie to Philip Sallon to Ned Weeks very successfully in less than two years.

A new play could do wonders for him. Restore some of that faith he seemed to have lost with Leap.

by Anonymousreply 43012/09/2012

54 Below!

by Anonymousreply 43112/11/2012

Is that just wishful thinking, r431, or do you know something the rest of us don't?

by Anonymousreply 43212/11/2012

Wishful thinking

by Anonymousreply 43312/11/2012

And now Gillian Anderson joins the "Hannibal" cast.

This is too good to be true.

by Anonymousreply 43412/12/2012

So Raul as Che was a possibility....

by Anonymousreply 43512/16/2012

Of course it was. Was there ever any doubt? But Raul has sworn off Broadway for now so no matter how much they begged he wasn't going to do it.

by Anonymousreply 43612/16/2012

He was the best thing in the Evita tour. He knows that he is a great Che and this could have been a great chance for him to sort of redeem himself after LOF. I thought he was excellent in Leap and deserved not only a tony nom but the win, others didn't think so, even Raul (at least it seems that way).

It's sad that he feels that way after LOF. He came out on top after Taboo and Chitty.

by Anonymousreply 43712/16/2012

He didn't spend 5 years of his life preparing/working on TABOO or CCBB. Big difference.

And is not like he quit and disappeared. He's doing just fine with his semi-steady gig on SVU and the upcoming HANNIBAL.

by Anonymousreply 43812/16/2012

Almost every week since October there's been a little Raul on TV. That's a good thing.

When is Barba coming back?

by Anonymousreply 43912/18/2012

His next appearance on SVU will be January 9th.

by Anonymousreply 44012/18/2012


by Anonymousreply 44112/18/2012

Raul and Mariska Hargitay having fun on the L&O set:

by Anonymousreply 44212/19/2012

Are they turning him into the love interest?

by Anonymousreply 44312/20/2012

Looks like the photos were taken off-camera, and so aren't representative of any on-camera relationship.

by Anonymousreply 44412/20/2012

I thought Hargitay was tall? they seem like almost the same height but she's wearing heels.

Raul looks hot.

by Anonymousreply 44512/20/2012

Why does he hate L.A.?

by Anonymousreply 44612/20/2012

Leap of Faith cast album now on Spotify.

by Anonymousreply 44712/20/2012

Thanks for the link, r447. At least he sounds well.

by Anonymousreply 44812/21/2012

Feliz Navidad!

by Anonymousreply 44912/23/2012


by Anonymousreply 45012/27/2012

I bet he's loving all those fabulous suits.

Work it Papi!

by Anonymousreply 45112/27/2012

450 post about Raul Esparza? i dont get it

by Anonymousreply 45212/27/2012

Age, booze and smoking are finally catching up to him. Next time they show him up close on L&O take a good look at his neck, you can see it right there.

And yet I'd still do him, r452. I just watch his great barefooted interview at or r24's pic and I get it once again.

by Anonymousreply 45312/27/2012

booze, r453?

by Anonymousreply 45412/27/2012

It is no secret that Raul likes to drink, one of the reasons why he often looked bloated during Company. It seems like he slowed down. Apparently he was also a bit of a pothead when he was younger but I don't buy it.

He was also starving himself for Leap of Faith. You can't survive just drinking Starbucks. All of that must've been hard on his body, and he's not 25 anymore.

by Anonymousreply 45512/27/2012

I thought he quit smoking?

by Anonymousreply 45612/28/2012

He'd quit, he'd start, he'd quit, he'd start again. I think he finally gave up trying to quit.

The physical demands of Leap of Faith practically killed him. He's not a dancer, but was expected to have the stamina and limberness of a dancer with a lifetime of daily class behind him. He was on a weird sort of all-protein, low/no-carb diet to try and build and maintain that sort of stamina, and between that and the intense physicality of the show, he lost way more weight than was good for him. For the sake of his health, it's probably best that Leap of Faith closed when it did.

by Anonymousreply 45712/28/2012

He talks a little about how the role was kicking his ass in the ask a star interview.

by Anonymousreply 45812/28/2012

Listening to the leap cast recording, Raul would have lost his voice if the show had ran for more than a month.

by Anonymousreply 45912/28/2012

So he didn't quit smoking for Leap, r457? That's a shame.

by Anonymousreply 46012/29/2012


Tonight on PBS

by Anonymousreply 46112/31/2012

R461 PBS? Is he the new Elmo?

by Anonymousreply 46212/31/2012

what program r461?

by Anonymousreply 46312/31/2012

Tickle Me Papi

by Anonymousreply 46412/31/2012

[quote]8pm- Live From Lincoln Center (PBS) The New York Philharmonic pays tribute to conductor Marvin Hamlisch in this live concert hosted by Private Practice’s Audra McDonald and featuring performances from Megan Hilty and Law & Order: SVU’s Raul Esparza.

by Anonymousreply 46512/31/2012

I guess SVU's Raul Esparza is better than Leap of Faith's Raul Esparza.

by Anonymousreply 46612/31/2012

Watched the Marvin Hamlish concert. Raul seemed under rehearsed, or maybe he was under the weather. He looked like he put on a few pounds. But, he still looks good.

by Anonymousreply 46701/01/2013

Very dapper but I also thought he had a cold or something. Not bad but not one of his greatest performances either, though that could be said of almost everybody involved with that concert.

by Anonymousreply 46801/01/2013

From BroadwayWorld: "Recent LEAP OF FAITH lead Raul Esparza gave great gravitas to the sumptuous SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS ballad "I Cannot Hear The City" and imbued it with his characteristic persuasive charm in his sensuous and sensitive reading. Scintillating."

by Anonymousreply 46901/01/2013

I agree with that comment 100%. He was one of the best parts of an otherwise mediocre concert.

by Anonymousreply 47001/03/2013

Here's the concert. Raul sings at the 30 minute mark

by Anonymousreply 47101/04/2013

Debbie Allen, Raul Esparza, Yo-Yo Ma Among Kennedy Center's New Artist Advisory Panel for Kennedy Center Honors

by Anonymousreply 47201/08/2013

And he'll perform too!

by Anonymousreply 47301/08/2013

I still don't really understand what they will do on that Kennedy Center comitee, but I guess he made a good impression when he was there ten years ago.

by Anonymousreply 47401/09/2013

He's back on SVU tonight.

by Anonymousreply 47501/09/2013

His scenes with Kaczmarek were good.

Who's the hunk that played the bad guy? He looks familiar.

by Anonymousreply 47601/09/2013

His name is Enver GJokaj. Here's his IMDb page:

by Anonymousreply 47701/09/2013

A recent pic of Raul

by Anonymousreply 47801/10/2013

Holy Crap, Papi got FAT!

by Anonymousreply 47901/10/2013

Lots of photos of Raul from last night's SVU are at the link.

by Anonymousreply 48001/10/2013

When did they shoot yesterday's episode? I assume before christmas, right?

by Anonymousreply 48101/10/2013

Looks like Papi had plenty of Lechon y Moros this navidad.

ADA Barba never took a bite of his sandwich!

by Anonymousreply 48201/10/2013

[quote]Looks like Papi had plenty of Lechon y Moros this navidad.

What are those?

by Anonymousreply 48301/12/2013

"Lechon" is roast suckling pig (roast pork). "Moros" are black beans. "Moros y Christianitos" is a traditional Cuban side dish of black beans and white rice (think about it) and is usually served with the pork, along with a dish of fried plantains.

by Anonymousreply 48401/12/2013

R484 is exactly right! Besos!

[quote]along with a dish of fried plantains.

Which are the "maduros" (when the plantain is ripe). The little fried green plantain discs are "tostones", also a very popular side dish.

by Anonymousreply 48501/12/2013

I love Raul on SVU, they should make him a regular until the series ends.

by Anonymousreply 48601/15/2013

Agreed but whats with those odd monotone line readings.

by Anonymousreply 48701/15/2013

I think it works for the character.

by Anonymousreply 48801/15/2013

I love ADA Barba, he's fabulous!

Any news about Hannibal? When does it start?

by Anonymousreply 48901/16/2013

No date set yet, but probably June.

by Anonymousreply 49001/16/2013

Why so late?

I'm glad that he's been a big part of his last couple of SVU episodes instead of almost cameos.

by Anonymousreply 49101/19/2013

Eh, it's show biz - you aren't going to find logic there.

But, to begin with there's no space on the schedule until then. And it appears as if they're giving it a summer run, they way they do with so many of the cable shows, who start their run in June or July and split it with a few episodes in January (think Suits, White Collar, Burn Notice, etc.)

It's still not even confirmed that it'll be on NBC (as opposed to one of their cable outlets like USA). Also, it hasn't been filmed yet. I think they did a pilot and possibly one additional, but they are only not going into actual production of the majority of the 13 episodes that have been committed.

by Anonymousreply 49201/19/2013

From the Kennedy Center's Latino Inaugural Concert, Raul sings "Begin The Beguine" at about 13:30.

by Anonymousreply 49301/24/2013

I loved it. It started just OK but when he gets to the spanish part? Amazing and hot. He's looking really good, very different from that pic @R478.

by Anonymousreply 49401/24/2013

A few pics:

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by Anonymousreply 49701/24/2013

[quote]“I almost climbed all over Raul Esparza,” Moreno confided. “I told him, ‘You make me feel like a dirty old lady when you sing like that!’ ”

by Anonymousreply 49801/24/2013

Major bedroom eyes in that pic, r497.

by Anonymousreply 49901/24/2013

A friend told me that Raul got a mention on Glee, is it true?

by Anonymousreply 50001/25/2013

Oh MY - that look in R497 got Mama's mussy wetter than the rain forest!

by Anonymousreply 50101/25/2013

That inaugural clip...tears....streaming down my face.

by Anonymousreply 50201/25/2013

It's a beautiful, soulful performance.

by Anonymousreply 50301/25/2013

Love the song and the hot pics!

by Anonymousreply 50401/25/2013


Me likey that pic!!!

by Anonymousreply 50501/25/2013

It is, r500

Kurt said something about having a new crush and Rachel replied: "Is it Raul Esparza? that would be great!", Kurt said: "I wish!". Many were like: WHO? but every B'way gleek was smiling.

Yeah, I still watch Glee. I'm going down with the ship.

by Anonymousreply 50601/25/2013

The photos are proof that when he wants to he can look like a handsome stud. Even the tie is perfect.

by Anonymousreply 50701/26/2013

The tie is beautiful, and his eyes look almost blue.

by Anonymousreply 50801/26/2013

They're blue, aren't they?

by Anonymousreply 50901/26/2013


by Anonymousreply 51001/26/2013

Barba returns to SVU tomorrow night

by Anonymousreply 51101/29/2013

SVU Interview:

by Anonymousreply 51201/30/2013

That was crazy and awful

by Anonymousreply 51301/30/2013

Do you think Raul was a script consultant on this episode?

by Anonymousreply 51401/30/2013

hit kinda close to casa no?

by Anonymousreply 51501/31/2013

Yes, very on the nose.

by Anonymousreply 51601/31/2013

I'm sure Raul, with his good looks and big cock, wasn't cruising bars for closeted men. He was working on BROADWAY. And was he really closeted? The wife knew, everybody knew, he had boyfriends and even joked about his strange marital arrangement several times during interviews.

by Anonymousreply 51702/02/2013

Another interview:

by Anonymousreply 51802/03/2013

He got really hot recently, I guess he has gone back to chicks full time now? Yeah?

by Anonymousreply 51902/04/2013


by Anonymousreply 52002/04/2013

[quote]Speaking of “Glee,” Raul told me about the time he ran into Matthew Morrison (Mr. Schue) — at Target of all places. I told him about the article in which “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy said he would love to cast Raul

Ryan Murphy said this? Can you imagine? Raul + AHS = AWESOME. He would love it.

by Anonymousreply 52102/04/2013

Is he still bi or is he gay now. Is he still dating that Toby guy or has he gone back to his wife?

Does he still have sex with women?

by Anonymousreply 52202/04/2013

Toby? You mean Bobby? He was with Bobby S. for a little while, just having fun. After Bobby there hasn't been much gossip. He was dating someone older (male) and not in the industry, but he still remains very close to Michele. A friend saw them together in an event this December.

He's been busy since Leap closed, so posters are more about his work than his personal life, for now. Bobby and Raul were pure hotness so it's all downhill from there, maybe another reason why there's little talk of his love life.

by Anonymousreply 52302/04/2013

Gay, no, no.


And Raul hates Glee.

by Anonymousreply 52402/04/2013

But he must love AHS

by Anonymousreply 52502/05/2013

Boony? I thought he dated some guy called, Nick Mayo

by Anonymousreply 52602/05/2013

First there was Fred Rose (during COMPANY), then Nick Mayo (on and off for about 6 years) and then Bobby Steggert for a couple of months.

by Anonymousreply 52702/05/2013

Fred Rose and Bobby Steggert were just brief flings. Nick and Raul lived together for nearly five years.

by Anonymousreply 52802/05/2013

Fred was during Cabaret, Nick was before Company and you're not such an expert r527

by Anonymousreply 52902/07/2013

No Raul in last night's SVU. I guess because the court was in Ohio this time.

by Anonymousreply 53002/07/2013

Back on this week with the NOT Rihanna story

by Anonymousreply 53103/02/2013

Interesting interview with Raul.

by Anonymousreply 53203/11/2013

r526 Mayo now engaged to press agent Michael Hartman

by Anonymousreply 53303/15/2013

Raul was really great in last night's SVU. The whole theme of the show was quite something, though, and I do not want to give it away in case someone has yet to watch it.

He was great. His acting was 110% top notch and his costuming was perfectly fitted for him as well.

It's hard to explain but it is like he was just perfectly in tune with his character in this past episode.

by Anonymousreply 53403/15/2013

Was it a repeat or a new episode?

by Anonymousreply 53503/15/2013

A heads-up: Raul will be on Law & Order: SVU again tomorrow night (3/20). They really seem to like him, he's been on about half the episodes so far this season.

by Anonymousreply 53603/19/2013

quiet in Papi land. Is he gonna be on Hannibal? Is it going to be any good?

by Anonymousreply 53704/01/2013

Raul seems to be in love with Mariska.

Yes, he's going to be on Hannibal, but only a couple of episodes. It starts this Thursday (April 4). If you're the squeamish type, you probably won't want to watch it.

by Anonymousreply 53804/01/2013

is he adorable or does he just think he is

by Anonymousreply 53904/07/2013

The second one.

by Anonymousreply 54004/08/2013

no papi news?

by Anonymousreply 54105/20/2013

No comments about Raul getting carved up on Hannibal? Isn't anybody watching?

by Anonymousreply 54206/09/2013

Papi doing Blitztein

by Anonymousreply 54306/11/2013

Is Barba coming back next season on L&O Svu?

Does anyone know?

by Anonymousreply 54406/13/2013

God, I thought you wrote Is Barbra coming back on SVU next season!

by Anonymousreply 54506/13/2013

Yes, he's coming back. There was never any question about that. And yes, he's coming back to Hannibal, too. Chilton is NOT dead. Not yet.

by Anonymousreply 54606/13/2013

I love Raul as ADA Barba. Dr Chilton is kind of creepy but Raul plays him well.

But IMO he is best at singing his guts out on Broadway

and that very well may be his first love but Broadway Careers may be shorter than Tv or Film careers

Not sure why-Age?

by Anonymousreply 54706/14/2013

Raul is doing Play "The Cradle will Rock" at the City Center from 7/10 to 7/13 I think Tickets are only $25

by Anonymousreply 54806/16/2013

apparently no one cares

by Anonymousreply 54906/19/2013

Is Raul still married to his wife? Werent they seen together this past December?

by Anonymousreply 55007/01/2013

Raul looking fierce at the invited dress rehearsal for Encores CRADLE WILL ROCK.

by Anonymousreply 55107/10/2013

Raul now a regular on SVU. Buh-bye, Broadway!

by Anonymousreply 55207/12/2013

Will he make great money because it's already guaranteed in syndication on so many stations?

by Anonymousreply 55307/12/2013

I think Esparza still likes Broadway-in an interview-he said he likes being the Star-he dosent have to be famous but he likes being the Star He also said Law and order and Hannibal was a "recuperaing period" for him after the disaster "leap of faith"-Also He likes to Sing-he has a beautiful voice with certain songs after all So I assume he is back to broadway after a while. I am an avid Law and Order SVU Fan so I can see the show caters to him a lot, camera shots-profile shots-the best lines etc not sure why but let;s face it-Marishka is the star of that show-not him but for some reason he is being given the best camera shots and the best lines on that show The creator of that show is from 'leap of faith" maybe thats why The role of Barba was created for Raul

by Anonymousreply 55407/17/2013

Yes, the role was created for Raul.

by Anonymousreply 55507/17/2013

I think it says a lot about him as a person if his exwife is still so close to him after the 2006 tims article. he thanked her in the 2007 awards show for standing by him saying "boy-I put you thru so much this year" He must have been fairly decent to her.

by Anonymousreply 55607/17/2013

Don't they know each other since highschool? That must be a pretty strong bond.

by Anonymousreply 55707/17/2013

r554 are you ok?

by Anonymousreply 55807/17/2013

Yes, Raul and Michele were high-school sweethearts. They have, and have always had, a rather remarkable relationship. If you want to be fanciful, call them soul-mates. The fact that they are no longer married didn't change that. She is his best, closest friend, and his emotional anchor.

by Anonymousreply 55907/17/2013

R554 is an avid fan of SVU but can't spell Mariska.

by Anonymousreply 56007/17/2013

I have hated him in every Broadway show but he is EXCELLENT on SVU.

by Anonymousreply 56107/17/2013

I've loved him in almost every Broadway show, r561. Never thought he was anything less than good.

He was still getting used to TV during his first episodes of SVU. He was a little too strong. By the end he was giving an excellent performance and was the only reason to watch that show.

I hope he makes good money.

by Anonymousreply 56207/18/2013

r559 so glad you're such an expert on this dysfunctional hurtful relationship. And they're still married

by Anonymousreply 56307/18/2013

How do you know?

by Anonymousreply 56407/18/2013

I guess they tried to work out the Marriage somehow but it is hard without the sexual desire for the other partner. Although there are plenty of sexless marriages. But much harder if there is no sex within the marriage but one partner seeks sex/romance elsewhere.

by Anonymousreply 56507/18/2013

[R563] Funny you said that. I was just thinking [R559] post was so beautiful and yet now your post just hurdled me back to reality. LOL. I guess it can be hurtful

by Anonymousreply 56607/18/2013

That seems to be the case, r565.

by Anonymousreply 56707/18/2013

He will be in the opening credits now that he's a regular, right?

by Anonymousreply 56807/20/2013

He was always in the opening credits as a guest actor. I guess he will be in the opening credits as one of the regulars?

I still like him singing though.

by Anonymousreply 56907/20/2013

One of the regular directors on SVU is Norberto Barba. I guess that's where they got the surname for Raúl's character.

by Anonymousreply 57007/20/2013

I understand how Michele can be Raul's "emotional anchor". Who knows what really goes on in that relationship? It's not as if Raul really had a closer Love relationship with any Male Lover.

by Anonymousreply 57107/20/2013

Barba is to be given a bigger Role! YYAYY!!

by Anonymousreply 57207/20/2013

[quote]It's not as if Raul really had a closer Love relationship with any Male Lover.


by Anonymousreply 57307/20/2013

But weren't they always screwing around with other people? In any case, Don't think they tried to get married. Mayo and Esparza

by Anonymousreply 57407/20/2013

They were more tan just Fuckbuddies. They lived together for almost five years.

by Anonymousreply 57507/21/2013

They were back and forth for Five Years. They were never really seen together at any events. Esparza showed up at Events with Michele.

In this time and age, why not just go to these events with the person you are with at that time? Just saying...

by Anonymousreply 57607/21/2013

He was with Nick at the Drama Desk awards when he was nominated for Speed the Plow.

by Anonymousreply 57707/21/2013

[quote]He was with Nick at the Drama Desk awards when he was nominated for Speed the Plow.

No, no ... you have it all wrong. He was doing speed while getting plowed by Nick on the desk.

by Anonymousreply 57807/21/2013

Googled Raul Esparza and Nick Mayo at Drama Desk Awards

and came up with Url for another thread at datalounge

But when clicked on it, cannot find what was said underneath url

"I was at the Drama Desk awards when Raul showed up with Nick, this was ..... he seems to prefer the hairless twink types like Bobby Steggert and Nick Mayo. "

by Anonymousreply 57907/21/2013

Nick Mayo a top? HAHAHA, that's a good one!

by Anonymousreply 58007/21/2013

Funny how a lot of people when they see hin in person keep saying he is small. around 5ft 6. Oddly enough, he really doesnt look that short next to other people in pictures or next to his wife in pictures.

So it says a lot about his presence? He is definitely shorter than Olivia in L&O Svu but he seems to be able to hold his own with her towering over him,

by Anonymousreply 58107/23/2013

Yes, he has a powerful presence but he also gets the sassy one liners, that helps.

by Anonymousreply 58207/23/2013

Papi's finally doing 54 Below, and with his pal Norbert!!

by Anonymousreply 58307/24/2013

It's not like it's a solo gig, there are seventeen other people doing that show, aside from Raul and Norbert. He gets maybe one song.

When he does a solo show, a cabaret act there, THEN you can call it "finally doing 54 Below".

by Anonymousreply 58407/24/2013

He must really miss Singing. He is singing gigs on his time off from Law & Order and Hannibal. He has such a beautiful voice with certain songs. TearJerkingly beautiful.

by Anonymousreply 58507/25/2013

Maybe that's what comes next, r584.

He needs a solo album.

by Anonymousreply 58607/25/2013

Does anyone really notice that he has blond eyebrows? and his hair is not blond?

I have never seen that before I thought maybe he bleached his eyebrows? but that doesn't make sense.

by Anonymousreply 58707/25/2013

Of course. That's just the way his eyebrows are. It was even more obvious when he was younger.

by Anonymousreply 58807/25/2013

[quote]I thought he dated some guy called Nick Mayo.

Does he do Mayo enemas?

by Anonymousreply 58907/25/2013

I like the blond eyebrows. It bring out the green eyes,especially when he is tanned

by Anonymousreply 59007/25/2013

Raul is NOT doing the Woodstock thing at 54 Below. Check r583's link again. His name is gone.

by Anonymousreply 59107/26/2013

Wonder what happened? Are they shooting SVU already?

by Anonymousreply 59207/26/2013

They started filming this week so that's probably why - scheduling conflict.

by Anonymousreply 59307/26/2013

Since our beloved Theatre Gossip OP has very kindly started the next Raul thread, lets finish this one out with some oldies but goodies.

From 1998:

by Anonymousreply 59407/26/2013

Also 1998.

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by Anonymousreply 60007/26/2013

And to keep things moving forward, here's a link to the new Raul thread! Thanks again, OP!

by Anonymousreply 60107/26/2013
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