Jason Alexander and Rena Strober sat down with me to talk about Rena’s new album, Imagine That! The Sesame Street Music of Joe Raposo & Jeff Moss. We talk about the inspiration for the album, Jason’s part in the album and the wonderful singing from the The Blind Children's Choir. Jason and Rena talk about their creative process and the importance of music. Then, we move our conversation to the parenthood. Jason and Rena each share their experience of raising kids and the values they look to instill and some advice for new parents. Lastly, we finish the interview with the Fatherhood Quick Five.
About Imagine That! The Sesame Street Music of Joe Raposo & Jeff Moss
Award-winning Broadway, film, and television actor and advocate for the blind, Rena Strober, recently released her new family album, Imagine That! The Sesame Street Music of Joe Raposo & Jeff Moss. The album sparkles with contributions from such luminaries as Jason Alexander, French Stewart, Michael-Leon Wooley, Deborah Grausman, acclaimed opera singer Cristina Jones, and DOTZ, The Blind Children's Choir. Go to renastrober.com to purchase Imagine That.
About Rena Strober
From New York to Los Angeles, Rena Strober is praised for her Broadway performances, TV roles, Voice-Over Work and her 1-woman show Spaghetti & Matzo Balls!. Then, she received rave reviews for her album Finding Home. Rena appeared on Broadway as Cosette in Les Miserables. She has also starred opposite Betty Buckely, Peter Scolari in the Off-Broadway comedy White’s Lies. Her 1- woman show, Spaghetti & Matzo Balls!, has run Off-Broadway in NY, Los Angeles and in Leeds, England. Rena toured the country with Fiddler on the Roof as Tzeitel playing opposite Topol, Harvey Fierstein and Theo Bikel. Then, she originated the role of Tonya in the pre-Broadway production of Zhivago (Directed by Des McNuff) at the La Jolla Playhouse for which she was awarded the Outer Critics Circle Award.
Plus, Rena is found teaching voice for the Academy of Music for the Blind. Her students range from 4-17 years old and all live with no vision. Because of her great work, the Academy recently received a grant from Josh Groban’s foundation Find Your Light. For more information on this incredible music school, please visit www.ouramb.org Rena currently lives and works in LA. Follow Rena on Twitter at @RenaStrober.
About Jason Alexander
Because of his best known for his award-winning as the iconic George Costanza of television’s Seinfeld Jason Alexander has achieved international recognition. Jason's work is noted for its extraordinary diversity from lauded performances on stage, screen and television. Plus, he has done great work with his extensive works as a writer, composer, director, producer and acting teacher.
Jason began as a teenager doing commercials for television and radio. Later in college, he made his Broadway debut in the original cast of the Hal Prince/Stephen Sondheim musical Merrily We Roll Along. Then, 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 authored the libretto for that show and won the Tony Award for Best Musical.
His many films include Pretty Woman, Jacob’s Ladder, Love Valor Compassion, Rocky and Bullwinkle and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Jason directed the feature films For Better or Worse and Just Looking. He directed television episodes of Seinfeld, Til Death, Everybody Hates Chris, and Criminal Minds. Also, his direction of Brad Paisley’s “Online” video won him a Country Music Award.
In his spare time he is an award-winning magician, children’s book author and poker champion. Jason is a political and social activist, martial artist, ceramicist, teacher and a husband to artist Daena Title and proud dad of his sons, Gabriel and Noah. Follow Jason on Twitter at @IJasonAlexander.