|Photo by Sandra Coudert|
Buyer & Cellar officially opened Off-Broadway June 24 after previews that began June 18 at the Barrow Street Theatre. Read reviews of the play here.
Michael Urie ("Ugly Betty," The Temperamentals) stars as an out-of-work actor who lands a gig working in Barbra Streisand's basement. Urie is currently scheduled to play his final performance in the New York production on March 16. His replacement has not been announced.
The actor will repeat his work in a Chicago engagement of Buyer & Cellar (beginning April 29), followed by a Los Angeles run (beginning July 9) at the Mark Taper Forum. Additional cities will be announced.
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.
Urie's New York theatre credits include How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Broadway), The Cherry Orchard (Classic Stage Company), Angels in America (Signature), The Temperamentals (Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, and Theatre World Awards, Drama League nomination), The Revenger's Tragedy (Red Bull) and Another Vermeer (HB Playwrights). He is widely known for TV's "Partners" and as Marc St. James on "Ugly Betty."
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.
Here's a look at the show: