PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Raúl Esparza

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Raúl Esparza — star of the Broadway revival Company — fills out's questionnaire with random facts, backstage trivia and pop culture tidbits.


Full given name: Raúl Eduardo Esparza
Hometown: Miami, FL
Zodiac sign: Scorpio
Audition song: "Shameless" by Billy Joel
Monologue you can recite from memory: T.S. Eliot's speech to Charles from Tom and Viv by Michael Hastings
First Broadway show ever saw: Into the Woods at the Martin Beck
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? The Glass Menagerie to see Laurette Taylor as Amanda
Current show you have been recommending to friends: Spring Awakening
Favorite showtune: "On The Street Where You Live" from My Fair Lady
MAC or PC? MacBook
Most played song on your iPod: "Turn Out the Stars" performed by Bill Evans
Last book you read: "Freddy and Fredericka" by Mark Helprin, "The Greatest Story Ever Sold" by Frank Rich... I read two or three books at a time.
Must-see TV show: "24"
Last good movie you saw: "Pan's Labyrinth"
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Bono
First stage kiss: Danny kissing Lizzie in Baby when I was 16
Favorite post-show meal: Balthazar for steak frites
Pre-show rituals: yoga, steam, warm-up, a private prayer
Worst onstage mishap: Setting fire to the corpse as Che during "Oh What a Circus" in Evita (don't put lit cigars next to fake hair while singing Andrew Lloyd Weber )
Special skills: I can kayak in whitewater, I can read another player's hand in Texas Hold 'Em, I'm a good cook and I really know how to dance salsa and bolero.
Favorite pizza topping: Mushrooms and pepperoni
Who would play you in the movie? Frank Sinatra
Worst job you ever had: Driving a van delivering baskets to hospitals as a teenager. I kept hitting things.
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