The search for the perfect actor to play Jon was spearheaded by David Caparelliotis, who from the very beginning urged us to see a young actor named Raúl Esparza. Raúl had recently arrived from Chicago, where he had played mostly non-singing dramatic roles. We flipped over his audition and begged him to leave the show in which he was currently performing to join us. It would be his first leading part on a New York stage and we knew he would draw attention.
Robyn Goodman, “Tick, Tick… BOOM! The Complete Book and Lyrics”.