Tony Award-winning theatre and television star --
and Boston University alumnus -- Jason Alexander
(“Broadway Bound,” “Jerome Robbins’
Broadway” and TV’s “Seinfeld”)
will host and perform at the Huntington Theatre Company’s
2007 "Spotlight Spectacular!" gala benefit celebrating
the company’s 25th anniversary season on Monday, April 30,
at the new Westin Boston Waterfront.
Proceeds from "Spotlight Spectacular!" support the Huntington’s
programs, including its award-winning youth, education, and community
outreach initiatives. Last year the gala raised more than
This year’s event honors Huntington Board members Sherryl
and Gerard Cohen, who have been loyal patrons and significant
supporters to the company for many years. The Cohens will receive
The Wimberly Award, named for long-time Huntington Board
Chairman J. David Wimberly and presented to those
who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the Huntington.
Alexander (at left) began his professional acting career on the
New York stage. On Broadway, he appeared in Stephen Sondheim's
“Merrily We Roll Along,” Kander &
Ebb's “The Rink,” Neil Simon's “Broadway Bound”,
“Accomplice” and “Jerome Robbins'
Broadway,” for which he won the 1989 Tony
Award and Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding
Actor in a Musical.
A year later, Alexander joined the legendary cast of “Seinfeld,”
one of the most famous television situation comedies of all time.
Playing hapless George Costanza, Alexander received seven Emmy
Award nominations as Outstanding Supporting Actor in a
Comedy Series. He also was nominated for his appearance in
the HBO comedy “Dream On” in 1994. Returning
to the stage in 2003, Alexander was cast opposite Martin
Short in a successful Los Angeles run of Mel Brooks'
Alexander maintains strong ties to BU, serving on the advisory board
of the College of Fine Arts and as Honorary Dean of the University’s
“Semester in L.A.” program. He frequently
conducts master classes for BU School of Theatre students.
Boston University’s 25-year partnership with the Huntington
will also be celebrated at this year's event. The Huntington
was established in 1982 as a professional theatre in residence at
the University. Four years later the company became an independent
not–for–profit professional organization with strong
ties to the school. As its largest donor, the University provides
the Huntington with significant financial support and in-kind support
in the form of its main performance venue, the BU Theatre.
In return the Huntington provides educational enhancement training
and internships to students across the university as well as on-stage
and behind-the-scenes opportunities. Between Huntington shows,
the company’s production staff assists in the development
of student productions at the Boston University Theatre.
Chaired by Huntington Trustee Kristine Scoon and
her husband Davey, the "Spotlight Spectacular!"
features an elegant cocktail reception where guests can bid on unique
silent auction items. A seated dinner, live auction and
entertainment by the Huntington’s special friends follows
An online auction currently allows Huntington patrons and friends
to bid on many items prior to the event. Among the exciting
auction items are a Tony Awards package including
tickets to the 2007 awards show and post-show dinner, concert tickets
to see The Police at Fenway Park this summer, numerous
Red Sox/Yankees tickets, and an Executive Suite
for 22 at a 2007 Boston Red Sox game. The online auction can
be found at www.huntington.cmarket.com.
Tables for the "Spotlight Spectacular!" range from $7,500
to $25,000. Individual tickets are $500 and $1,500.
For more information about the event, to sponsor a table, or to
purchase tickets, contact Michelle Williams at 617-273-1536 or MWilliams@huntingtontheatre.bu.edu.