Buyer & Cellar, Starring Michael Urie, Will Play Chicago in 2014; Hit Play Recoups

By Adam Hetrick
12 Sep 2013

Michael Urie
Michael Urie
Photo by Sandra Coudert

The acclaimed Off-Broadway production of Jonathan Tolins' one-man comedy Buyer & Cellar, which stars Michael Urie, will play a Chicago engagement in spring 2014 at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place.

Darren Bagert, Dan Shaheen, Ted Snowdon and Daryl Roth will present the Chicago engagement of the comedy about an unemployed actor who lands a new job working in Barbra Streisand's basement.

Performances will begin April 29, 2014, with Urie repeating his performance; visit BroadwayInChicago.com for ticket information. Urie will also appear in the Los Angeles engagement of the play, which will run July 9-Aug. 17, 2014, at the Center Theatre Group.

Buyer & Cellar officially opened Off-Broadway June 24 after previews that began June 18 at the Barrow Street Theatre. Urie will continue with the New York run through Jan. 5, 2014. Read reviews of the play here. 



The New York Times also reports that the acclaimed play has recouped its $500,000 capitalization. Plans are also underway to take the production to San Francisco, Toronto and Dallas. 

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."

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

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 for the New York run 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: