Off-Broadway Hit Buyer & Cellar to Close; London Is Next

By Adam Hetrick
12 Jun 2014

Barrett Foa
Barrett Foa

The acclaimed Off-Broadway production of Jonathan Tolins' one-man comedy Buyer & Cellar, which opened to rave reviews Off-Broadway at the Barrow Street Theatre in June 2013, will end its run in July. Producers will bring the hit production to London next year.

Buyer & Cellar officially opened Off-Broadway June 24, 2013, after previews that began June 18 at the Barrow Street Theatre. Michael Urie, who originated the role of Alex – an out-of-work actor who winds up working in Barbra Streisand's basement – is currently starring in the national tour of the production. Read reviews of the play here.

The New York production currently features Barrett Foa (Avenue Q, "NCIS: Los Angeles,"). It will end its run Off-Broadway July 27 after 8 previews and 458 regular performances. It recouped its investment in September 2013.

Casting has not been announced for the London production that will open in spring 2015.



Current tour engagements for Buyer & Cellar follow: Chicago, IL (through June 15 at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place); Washington, D.C. (June 20-29 at the Harman Center for the Arts); Los Angeles, CA (July 9-Aug. 17 at the Mark Taper Forum); San Francisco, CA (Aug. 19-31 at the Curran Theatre), Dallas, TX  (Set. 3-6 at the Dallas City Performance Hall).

A Toronto engagement, scheduled for Nov. 12-30, will play the Panasonic Theatre. Casting for the Canadian premiere has not been determined.

Stephen Brackett directs the production, which is billed this way: "Alex More has a story to tell. A struggling actor in L.A., he takes a job working in the Malibu basement of a beloved mega-superstar. One day, the Lady Herself comes downstairs to play. It feels like real bonding in the basement, but will their relationship ever make it upstairs? Buyer & Cellar is an outrageous comedy about the price of fame, the cost of things, and the oddest of odd jobs."

Tolins is perhaps best known as the playwright of The Twilight of the Golds (Broadway), If Memory Serves (Promenade Theater), The Last Sunday in June (Rattlestick and Century Center) and Secrets of the Trade (Primary Stages). He co-wrote the films "The Twilight of the Golds" and "Martian Child." He was a consulting producer on the recent CBS comedy "Partners" and was a co-producer on the first season of "Queer As Folk" on Showtime.

The set design for Buyer & Cellar is by Andrew Boyce; costume design is by Jessica Pabst; lighting design is by Eric Southern; sound design is by Stowe Nelson. The production stage manager is Hannah Woodward; the assistant stage manager is Sam Horwith.

Tickets may be purchased by phoning (212) 868-4444 or by visiting smarttix.com. The Barrow Street Theatre is located at 27 Barrow Street. For more information visit buyerandcellar.com.

Here's a look at the show: