Michael Urie Stars in Buyer & Cellar, Opening at the Barrow Street Theatre June 24

By Adam Hetrick
June 24, 2013

Michael Urie stars as a struggling Los Angeles actor who finds himself working in Barbra Streisand's basement in Jonathan Tolins' one-man comedy Buyer & Cellar, which officially opens June 24 after previews that began June 18 at the Barrow Street Theatre.



Buyer & Cellar is currently scheduled to play a ten-week engagement at the Barrow Street. An earlier Off-Broadway run of the solo play opened to acclaim April 2 at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. It ended its extended run there May 12.

Read the Playbill Playlist feature with Urie in which the actor shares his favorite Streisand songs and performances. 

Stephen Brackett directs the play, 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.

Tickets are $75 and 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: