The Cuban-American actor Raúl Esparza was born in Delaware and raised in Miami. After playing Che in a national touring revival production of Evita, Esparza gained the attention of critics and theatergoers as the replacement for the Master of Ceremonies in the long-running revival of Cabaret, and then as the hunchbacked major domo in the Broadway production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. In 2004, Esparza was awarded the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Philip Sallon in Boy George’s musical Taboo.
In 2005, he played the role of Caractacus Potts in the Sherman Brothers’ musical adaptation of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. His performance as Bobby in the 2006 revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Company was hailed by Charles Isherwood of the New York Times as “the richest and strongest performance of his career.”
Raúl Esparza was featured in the television series Pushing Daisies and has most recently been in the Broadway revival of the stage play, Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming.