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June 28, 2013 | By David Ng
Jason Alexander has shed some more light on the recent demise of Reprise Theatre Company. The "Seinfeld" veteran had served as artistic director of the Los Angeles musical theater organization since 2007 and has appeared in several of its productions. Reprise went on hiatus last year, citing financial hardship and problems in expanding its audience base. This week, the 15-year-old company sent a letter to subscribers saying that it has officially ceased operations. Alexander said in a statement sent to The Times that Reprise was able to raise some "generous funding" during its hiatus, but was still not able to proceed financially without risk.
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February 3, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
If you felt like there was something missing from the "'Seinfeld' reunion" as it played on Sunday's Super Bowl, it's because there was. Some five minutes were cut from the complete version, a now-available episode of Jerry Seinfeld's Web series, "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee," for which the Super Bowl spot served as an ad (and, by extension, as an ad for the series' sponsor, Acura). There are of course reasons, tens of millions of them, why the sketch, I think we can call it, did not run full-length during the football game - "As expensive as a Super Bowl minute" is a phrase I hereby trademark, if I can do that.
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September 27, 2010 | By Irene Lacher, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Even before Jason Alexander, 51, became a household name playing George Costanza on "Seinfeld" in the '90s, he was an accomplished song-and-dance man in New York, scoring a 1989 Tony for best actor in a musical for "Jerome Robbins' Broadway. " An occasional stage presence in Los Angeles, Reprise Theatre Company's artistic director stars in its revival of "They're Playing Our Song" at UCLA's Freud Playhouse from Sept. 28 through Oct. 10. You've been artistic director of Reprise for more than three years, but you rarely perform with the company.
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January 30, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
Could a "Seinfeld" reunion really be in the works? Well, it isn't not in the works, Jerry Seinfeld said Thursday in a giant tease of an interview with New York's WFAN radio station.  Appearing on "Boomer & Carton," Seinfeld was asked about a photo taken on Jan. 13 of the comedian and his former "Seinfeld" co-star, Jason Alexander, standing outside Tom's Restaurant in New York's Upper West Side. As "Seinfeld" fans are well aware, the exterior of Tom's was used in establishing shots of the fictional Monk's Diner, Jerry and the gang's favorite greasy spoon.  PHOTOS: Memorable TV series finales Understandably, the photo fueled speculation about what they were up to. Some thought they might be collaborating on a Super Bowl commercial; others theorized Seinfeld and Alexander were filming an episode of Seinfeld's popular Web series, "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.
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March 12, 2006
As an aspiring screenwriter, I have voraciously read The Rules of Hollywood column every week--not because I feel I have to but because it is really compelling. I read Jason Alexander's piece to hear a giant character speak of such normal, everyday insecurities ("Once You're in the Club, Mr. Dogg Is Simply Snoop," Feb. 19). He brought himself down to everyone's level. I loved that he showed us how fragile he feels in his world. That was a brave exposure. Andrea Levy Woodland Hills
ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 2000
Former "Seinfeld" star Jason Alexander will host "Starry, Starry Night," a fund-raiser Saturday for Santa Monica's nascent Edgemar Center for the Arts, which, upon completion, will feature two live theater venues. The 6:30 p.m. event will include dinner, dancing and performances. Tickets are $300. Information: (310) 319-9900.
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October 13, 1993
"Seinfeld" co-star Jason Alexander will discuss how he got his start in show business Thursday at the Hyatt Hotel on Sunset Boulevard. Organized by the Learning Annex, Alexander's talk will include insights on how he entertained his classmates to keep them from teasing him about his chubbiness, as well as how he got his roles in the films "Brighton Beach" and "Pretty Woman" and made his Broadway, TV commercial and TV directorial debuts.
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September 27, 1992 | DAVID WHARTON, David Wharton is a Times staff writer
You might have to squint at first, maybe use your imagination, to picture Jason Alexander as an elder statesman. The New Jersey-born actor is more commonly known as George Costanza on the NBC sitcom "Seinfeld." The balding one with no job and even fewer prospects. The one who frets without end and always seems to get himself into a fix. Or people recognize him as Richard Gere's sleazy lawyer in "Pretty Woman." "Women across America hated me for a long time," Alexander says.
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September 2, 2008 | Karen Wada, Special to The Times
"Once on This Island," a tale of love and redemption in the Caribbean, marks a new beginning for L.A.'s leading presenter of old musicals. "Island," which opens Wednesday at UCLA's Freud Playhouse, is the first show of Reprise Theatre Company's first full season under artistic director Jason Alexander, who is busily reimagining the 12-year-old organization. "After more than a decade, we need a radically different vision," says the actor-director, best known for playing George Costanza on TV's "Seinfeld."
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November 16, 2009 | Martha Groves
Once Jesus signed on, it was easy to enlist King Solomon and Moses. Jim Caviezel (Jesus), Malcolm McDowell (King Solomon) and Richard Dreyfuss (Moses) were among hundreds of actors who lined up to create "The Word of Promise Audio Bible," all 98 hours and 79 CDs of it. The nearly four-year project, released last month,was the inspiration of Carl Amari, a Chicago-area producer behind "Twilight Zone Radio Dramas," "Mystery Theater" and other radio programs. "I always thought it would be cool to do a radio drama of the Bible," said Amari, who grew up "not real religious" in the Catholic Church.
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July 9, 2013 | By David Ng
For 15 years, Reprise Theatre Company brought musical-theater favorites and rarities to devoted audiences at UCLA's Freud Playhouse and other venues on the Westside of Los Angeles. The company managed to draw top-notch Broadway actors and directors, and developed a reputation for mounting quality productions on non-Broadway budgets and rehearsal schedules. But financial problems crept up on Reprise and the company went on hiatus early last year. Last month, leaders sent a letter to subscribers saying that they had decided to permanently lower the curtain, citing the inability to find "sustained funding.
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June 28, 2013 | By David Ng
Jason Alexander has shed some more light on the recent demise of Reprise Theatre Company. The "Seinfeld" veteran had served as artistic director of the Los Angeles musical theater organization since 2007 and has appeared in several of its productions. Reprise went on hiatus last year, citing financial hardship and problems in expanding its audience base. This week, the 15-year-old company sent a letter to subscribers saying that it has officially ceased operations. Alexander said in a statement sent to The Times that Reprise was able to raise some "generous funding" during its hiatus, but was still not able to proceed financially without risk.
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January 30, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times
Jason Alexander is bringing a bit of the Borscht Belt to Los Angeles. The "Seinfeld" star, who's a Tony-winning actor as well as artistic director of L.A.'s financially challenged Reprise Theatre Company, is directing a new comedy-musical revue based on the 1960s humor albums "You Don't Have to Be Jewish" and "When You're in Love the Whole World Is Jewish. " The albums, written by the comedy team Bob Booker and George Foster, feature sketches, short bits and songs that poke fun at Jewish culture.
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August 30, 2012 | Matthew Cooper
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July 8, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
On a typical game day, Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti is in his Dodger Stadium office or around the premises from 9 a.m. until 1 a.m. That's the only way Colletti says he has known how to operate since scuffling from a childhood in a poor but tight community in Chicago to now directing the National League West leader. But Colletti, 58, has also long felt the tug of his late father, Ned Sr., who died 30 years ago of lung cancer at age 51, leaving a profound message to the son that, "It's always so much better to give than receive.
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June 11, 2012 | By Ellen Olivier
Theater lovers in Los Angeles watched the Tonys together Sunday night at the Tony Awards Viewing Party, a benefit for the Actors Fund, at the Skirball Cultural Center. Although most viewers on the West Coast couldn't see the show until 8 p.m., party-goers watched the awards show live as it happened in New York on three giant screens. During commercials there was live entertainment.  And when the show ended, the audience had its own awards ceremony, when Annie Potts presented Jason Alexander with the Julie Harris Award for Lifetime Achievement.
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May 21, 2000 | SUSAN FREUDENHEIM, Susan Freudenheim is a Times staff writer
Jason Alexander rushes into the Founders Room at the Geffen Playhouse, apologizing profusely for being late after getting caught in traffic en route to the theater where he and Peter Falk will be performing in "Defiled," opening May 31. In Lee Kalcheim's play, a young librarian and a cop nearing retirement meet after the former wires his beloved library with bombs and threatens to blow it up in an attempt to stave off the advance of the technological world.
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June 6, 2012 | Ed Stockly
Click here to download TV listings for the week of June 3 - 9 in PDF format TV listings for the week of June 3 - 9 in PDF format are also available here This week's TV Movies CBS This Morning Doug O'Neill; former Gov. Jeb Bush. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Chris Rock; Jada Pinkett Smith. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America Jerry Weintraub; Casey Anderson; Melissa Rycroft; Joe Walsh. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Live With Kelly Jessica Chastain; Emeli Sandé performs; Chris Byrne; Neil Patrick Harris.
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September 27, 2010 | By Irene Lacher, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Even before Jason Alexander, 51, became a household name playing George Costanza on "Seinfeld" in the '90s, he was an accomplished song-and-dance man in New York, scoring a 1989 Tony for best actor in a musical for "Jerome Robbins' Broadway. " An occasional stage presence in Los Angeles, Reprise Theatre Company's artistic director stars in its revival of "They're Playing Our Song" at UCLA's Freud Playhouse from Sept. 28 through Oct. 10. You've been artistic director of Reprise for more than three years, but you rarely perform with the company.
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