Michael Urie stars as a struggling Los Angeles actor who finds himself working in Barbra Streisand's basement in Jonathan Tolins' Buyer & Cellar, which returns Off-Broadway and begins performances June 18 at the Barrow Street Theatre. Here, Urie picks his favorite Streisand songs as part of Playbill.com's Playbill Playlist series.
Stephen Brackett directs the solo-actor 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."
The production had an earlier, extended run this spring at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater's Waverly Place home. Critics embraced the production.
Buyer & Cellar will officially open June 24 at the Barrow Street for a ten-week engagement. In anticipation of its opening night at Barrow Street, Playbill.com asked Urie to pick his favorite Streisand tunes and tell us why they made the list.
"I was always a fan of Barbra, thanks to my mother and her introducing me to the comeback concert from the 90s," Urie told Playbill.com. "I knew when I watched it that Barbra was special, but I distinctly remember asking my mother 'why' people liked her so much. It didn't take long until I knew for myself... Since working on Buyer & Cellar, I have become a huge fan of hers, not just the music, but the movies, too. Since I sort of 'emulate' her in the play, the movies and concert videos have become very influential, as you'll see below. I feel very lucky to be immersed in Babs these days."
All The Way
Bullets Over Broadway
Fly By Night
Of Mice and Men
The Cripple of Inishmaan
The Realistic Joneses
The Velocity of Autumn
Tony n' Tina's Wedding