MIAMI-DADE COUNTY PRESENTS
Broadway Star, Four-time Tony Award-nominee and Miami native
Part of the 2011-12 Knight Masterworks Season Pops Series
“This is a Broadway leading man at the top of his game, an intensely dramatic singer.”
February 11, 2012 at 8 p.m.
Tickets starting at $50
John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall
Miami, FL January 5, 2012 – The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County presents four-time Tony Award nominee and Miami native RAÚL ESPARZA in a much anticipated solo performance! As part of the 2011-12 Knight Masterworks Season Pop Series, ESPARZA returns to the Adrienne Arsht Center to thrill audiences with a brilliant show on February 11, 2012 at 8 p.m. in the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall.
Making his Adrienne Arsht Center debut in summer 2010, ESPARZA wowed Miami audiences with his show-stopping performances in the Desi Arnaz-inspired Babalú and at the Center’s 5th Anniversary Season Gala. Now, the critically-acclaimed star brings his musical talent home once again to delight Miami audiences in an encore performance of his acclaimed Lincoln Center concert. ESPARZA will delve into his Miami roots performing influential Cuban music as well as the Broadway tunes for which he is best known. There will be singing, there will be dancing, there will be laughter and tears, but most of all, there will be ESPARZA in perhaps his most remarkable work yet.
“We are extremely honored to once again showcase the work of this extraordinarily talented Miami native on our stage,” said M. John Richard, President and CEO of the Adrienne Arsht Center. “Raúl Esparza will enthrall South Florida audiences with his remarkable talent, soulful voice, and irresistible program of Broadway hits and Spanish-language favorites.”
Since making his Broadway debut in The Rocky Horror Show in 2000, ESPARZA has taken the theater world by storm. ESPARZA has garnered Tony nominations in all possible acting categories, and has taken home multiple awards including the Drama Desk Award, Obie Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award. ESPARZA is also a recipient of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts prestigious YoungArts Award. His Broadway credits include major hits such as The Homecoming, Company, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Speed the Plow, Cabaret, and Taboo. ESPARZA portrayed Che Guevara in the 20th Anniversary national tour of Evita, and appeared in two musicals at the 2002 Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration. He has appeared on TV in NBC’s “Law and Order,” ABC’s “Pushing Daisies,” and currently stars in CBS’ “A Gifted Man.” He was featured in the Wes Craven film, My Soul To Take. ESPARZA was also seen in the new musical Leap of Faith starring opposite Brooke Shields. Most recently, ESPARZA shared the stage with President Obama performing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” at the National Remembrance Ceremony commemorating the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 which took place at the John F. Kennedy Center on September 8, 2011.
RAÚL ESPARZA’S 2011-12 Knight Masterworks Season Pops Series concert is supported by Steinway & Sons and Downtown Miami’s EPIC Hotel.
Adrienne Arsht Center presents
RAUL ESPARZA in Concert
“This is a Broadway leading man at the top of his game, an intensely dramatic singer.” – The Miami Herald
Four-time Tony Award nominee brings his musical talent home, where he’s already become an Adrienne Arsht Center favorite following show-stopping performances in Babalú and at the 5th Anniversary Season Gala. Now, in an encore performance of his acclaimed Lincoln Center concert, Esparza will delve into his Cuban musical roots and share his love of Broadway musicals! Raul brings a “burning intensity to a theme dear to his heart,” raves New York Times writer Stephen Holden, “bring on the challenge, and he will leap to the breach.”
February 11, 2012
John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall
Adrienne Arsht Center
1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33132
Tickets: Starting at $50
Visit www.arshtcenter.org for up-to-date information for details and schedules.
The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is made possible by the public support of the Miami-Dade County Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council and the City of Miami Omni Community Redevelopment Agency. The Adrienne Arsht Center also receives generous support from local, state and national foundations, as well as private contributions to the Adrienne Arsht Center Foundation through corporate and individual giving, Visionary Society membership and the Encore Circle major gifts programs.
About the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County
The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is one of the world’s leading performing arts organizations and venues. Made possible by Miami-Dade County’s largest ever public/private-sector partnership, the Center is home to the Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet and New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy. In addition, numerous South Florida arts organizations perform in its theaters regularly. Since opening in 2006, the Center has emerged as a leader in offering and presenting innovative programming that mirrors South Florida’s diversity, as a catalyst for development in Miami, and as a host of impactful community outreach and education programs.
Designed by world-renowned architect Cesar Pelli of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, the venue is comprised of the 2,400-seat Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House, the 2,200-seat John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall, the black box Carnival Studio Theater, a restored Carnival Tower, the Peacock Foundation, Inc. Studio, the Peacock Foundation, Inc. Education Center and the outdoor Parker and Vann Thomson Plaza for the Arts. The Carnival Tower, an architectural icon and one of Miami’s oldest Art Deco buildings, houses the street-level BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Lounge. Events impresario and restaurateur Barton G. Weiss brought his signature style to the Center in 2009 with PRELUDE BY BARTON G, a full-service upscale restaurant.
Visit www.arshtcenter.org for more information.
About John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation advances journalism in the digital age and invests in the vitality of communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. Knight Foundation focuses on projects that promote informed and engaged communities and lead to transformational change. For more information, visit www.knightfoundation.org.