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AN EVENING WITH JASON ALEXANDER - Arts Center 20th Anniversary & NFSO 30th Season Joint Special Event

Artist Series

January 21, 2017 Mainstage
$65

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The 20th Anniversary of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center and the 30th Anniversary Season of the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra will be celebrated in style with a Joint Anniversary Special Event on January 21, 2017 with "An Evening with Jason Alexander" featuring the TV, film and Broadway star.

Long before becoming world renowned as the iconic George Costanza on SEINFELD, Jason Alexander was a Tony Award winning Broadway song and dance man. His evening at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center brings a hilarious re-telling of his journey to and on the Broadway stage which features a program of great music from the theater along with comedy and audience interaction. It’s a much heralded night of music, laughter and fun -- all backed by the NFSO!

Tickets are for "An Evening with Jason Alexander" are $65 each and are exclusively through the non-profit Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office.

The joint 30th/20th Anniversary Special Event also includes a tasty anniversary tribute for all attendees during intermission! Presenting sponsors may also enjoy a separate "Meet and Greet with Jason Alexander". For information on sponsorship, contact Mattie Kelly Arts Center director Jeanette Shires at (850) 729-6004.

In January of 1997 the NFSO was the first group to perform in the Mattie Kelly Arts Center’s new Mainstage Theater and opened the $30 million arts complex with an overflow capacity concert. As the NFSO’s 30th Anniversary Season coincides with the 20th anniversary of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, the joint-anniversary Special Event on Saturday, January, 21, 2017 will celebrate both milestones with

JASON ALEXANDER

Though best known for his award-winning, nine year stint as the now iconic George Costanza of television’s Seinfeld, Jason Alexander has achieved international recognition for a career noted for its extraordinary diversity. Aside from his performances on stage, screen and television, he has worked extensively as a writer, composer, director, producer and teacher of acting. In between all that he has also become an award-winning magician, a notorious poker player and a respected advocate on social and political issues.

Jason began his professional career as a young teenager doing commercials for television and radio. While still in college, his desire to work as a stage actor in New York came to be with his debut in the original Broadway cast of the Hal Prince/Stephen Sondheim musical Merrily We Roll Along. He continued starring on Broadway in the original casts of Kander and Ebb’s The Rink, Neil Simon’s Broadway Bound, Rupert Holmes’ 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. Most recently, Jason returned to Broadway to star in the Larry David comedy Fish in the Dark, breaking all box office records for the Cort Theater. After moving to LA, Jason continued working in the theater, notably serving as the artistic director for the Reprise Theatre Company and for the hit West Coast production of Mel Brook’s The Producers in which he starred along with Martin Short.

His many films include: Pretty Woman, Jacob’s Ladder, Love Valor Compassion, Rocky and Bullwinkle, Dunston Checks In, The Hunchback of Notre Dame 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.” And he has helmed a number of stage productions including: The God of Hell at the Geffen Playhouse; Broadway Bound at the Odyssey; an updated revival of Damn Yankees and The Fantasticks, as well as Sunday in the Park with George for Reprise and most recently the world premiere of Windfall by Scooter Pietsch for the Arkansas Repertory Theater.

Aside from Seinfeld, Jason has starred and guested in shows as The Grinder, Drunk History, Friends, Two and a Half Men, The New Adventures of 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, Tom and Jerry and the upcoming children’s animated series, Kody Kapow.

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.

Mr. Alexander tours the country and the world performing his one-man show, “An Evening with Jason Alexander and His Hair” as well as his whimsical salute to Broadway musicals with some of the finest symphony orchestras throughout the United States. You can stay in touch with Jason via Twitter (@IJasonAlexander)

The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra (NFSO) is the Emerald Coast’s premier, fully professional orchestra - since 1987. The NFSO performs in residence at the magnificent $30 million Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center, located at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville. NFSO concerts are held in the center’s 1,650 mainstage theater where a custom orchestra shell provides the optimum in acoustics for symphony patrons. The NFSO is a non-profit organization operated under the auspices of Northwest Florida State College.

The NFSO relies on tax-deductible donations, corporate underwriting and season subscriptions to continue the orchestra’s musical excellence and the symphony’s numerous longstanding educational endeavors for youth. Tax-deductible donations are administered through the NW Florida State College Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization.

Conductor and Music Director Jeffrey Rink holds the college’s Mattie M. Kelly Distinguished Endowed Chair in Music and Conducting and is entering his 10th season leading the NFSO.

Contact the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office exclusively at (850) 729-6000 or toll free at 1-888-838-ARTS (2787).