After a few years out of the spotlight, Tony-winning actor Jason Alexander is back in business—onstage and on screen. His new sitcom Hit the Road (“The Partridge Family on acid,” he jokes) premiered October 17 on AT&T’s Audience Network, and his Off-Broadway return in The Portuguese Kid officially opens October 24 at Manhattan Theatre Club.
Alexander stopped by The Wendy Williams Show to talk about his years on Seinfeld, his 35th wedding anniversary, and the upcoming Pretty Woman musical. The show, based on the Garry Marshall movie starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, is set for a world premiere at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre in 2018 prior to a Broadway opening in the fall of 2018 at a Nederlander theatre to be announced. Samantha Barks (Les Misérables film) has been cast as Vivian, with Tony winner Steve Kazee (Once) playing Edward; Orfeh will play Vivian’s friend Kit, and Jason Danieley (The Visit) will play Edward’s lawyer Philip Stuckey—the role played by Alexander in the film. Known as the villain of the movie, talk-show host Williams asked Alexander if he had any advice for the musical’s Stuckey.
“He’s gonna have a really bad time walking around the streets of New York,” said Alexander. “When that movie came out, women would look at me down the block, and as I got closer, the scowl would get more—I got slapped, I got spit on. They were very protective of Julia Roberts, but it meant that we got to them.”
Alexander made his Broadway debut in Merrily We Roll Along and starred in The Rink, Broadway Bound, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway (for which he won his Tony), Accomplice, and Larry David’s Fish in the Dark.