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 and join us. It would be his first leading part on the New York stage and we knew he would draw attention. He was then joined by the lovely Amy Spanger and ever-smooth Jerry Dixon. The addition of designers Anna Louizos, Ken Poster, David Zinn, and Jon Weston was the crowning touch. I can’t imagine what angel was sitting on our shoulders; they were all so wonderful.
On second thought, of course I can. The angel was Jonathan Larson, and every night when Raúl would lift his eyes to the heavens at the end of the show, I knew he was with us.
— Robyn Goodman’s introduction for tick, tick… BOOM! (The Complete Book and Lyrics)