Tony Winner Jason Alexander to Make Houston Symphony Debut Next Month
On September 5, 6 and 7, the multi-talented singer, actor and comedian Jason Alexander will make his Houston Symphony debut with An Evening of Comedy & Song, led by Principal POPS Conductor Michael Krajewski. While best known for his iconic portrayal of "George Costanza" in the ground-breaking hit TV show Seinfeld, Alexander returns to his Tony Award-winning roots for a night of music and laughs as he reminisces about his remarkable and versatile career on the stage and screen. Bringing his singular brand of entertainment, Alexander kicks off the 2014-15 POPS Season by performing such Broadway hits as "Comedy Tonight" from A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum, "Trouble" from The Music Man, "Magic To Do/Corner of the Sky" from Pippin and "Shiksa Goddess" from The Last Five Years as well as three new musical medleys. This concert is made possible in part through the support of Cynthia Woods Mitchell POPS at Jones Hall and BBVA Compass.
Though best known for his award-winning, nine year stint as the now iconic George Costanza of television's Seinfeld, Jason Alexander is a man of many talents and diverse background. Aside from that singular performance, Mr. Alexander is a noted entertainer, director, producer, teacher and author, as well as an award-winning magician, notorious poker player and respected political and social advocate.
His career as a commercial actor began when he was still a young teenager and quickly moved to the New York theater scene. He made his Broadway debut in the Hal Prince/Stephen Sondheim musical Merrily We Roll Along and includes starring roles in the original casts of The Rink, Broadway Bound, Accomplice and his Tony Award winning performance in Jerome Robbin's Broadway. Jason also authored the libretto for that show which went on to win the Tony Award for Best Musical. He has played Off-Broadway and around the country - most notably starring with Martin Short in the Los Angeles production of Mel Brook's The Producers.
His many films include: Pretty Woman, Jacob's Ladder, Love Valor Compassion, Rocky and Bullwinkle, Dunston Checks In and Shallow Hal. In addition he directed the feature films For Better Or Worse and Just Looking. He is also a distinguished television director, overseeing episodes of Seinfeld, Til Death, Everybody Hates Chris, Mike and Molly, Criminal Minds and Franklin and Bash. He won the American Country Music Award for his direction of Brad Paisley's video, "Cooler Online". He is a coveted director of theater in Los Angeles and served for five years as the Artistic Director of the Reprise Theatre Company.
Aside from Seinfeld, Jason has starred and guested in shows as Friends, Two And A Half Men, Old Christine, Criminal Minds, Monk, Franklin And Bash, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Bob Patterson and Listen Up. He also starred in the television films of Bye Bye Birdie, Cinderella, A Christmas Carol and The Man Who Saved Xmas. Additionally, his voice has been heard most notably in Duckman, The Cleveland Show, American Dad, Aladdin and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
For his depiction of "George" on Seinfeld, Jason garnered six Emmy nominations, four Golden Globe nominations, an American Television Award and two American Comedy Awards. He won two Screen Actor Guild Awards as the best actor in a television comedy despite playing a supporting role and in 2012 he was honored to receive the "Julie Harris Award for Lifetime Achievement" from the Actor's Fund.