Barrett Foa Will Be Next Star of Off-Broadway Hit Buyer & Cellar

By Adam Hetrick
15 Apr 2014

Barrett Foa
Barrett Foa

Barrett Foa, the stage and screen actor who currently appears on the CBS crime drama "NCIS: Los Angeles," will succeed Christopher J. Hanke in the hit Off-Broadway solo comedy Buyer & Cellar  at the Barrow Street Theatre.

Written by Jonathan Tolins, Buyer & Cellar officially opened Off-Broadway June 24, 2013, after previews that began June 18 at the Barrow Street Theatre. Read reviews of the play here.

Michael Urie ("Ugly Betty," Angels in America, The Temperamentals), who created the role of Alex, an out-of-work actor who lands a gig working in Barbra Streisand's basement, departed the New York production March 16. He will next star in the national tour of Buyer & Cellar, beginning May 6 in Chicago.

Hanke (How to Succeed..., Next Fall) will play his final performance as scheduled May 25. Foa ("NCIS Los Angeles," Avenue Q, Godspell) will begin performances May 27.



Initial tour engagements for Buyer & Cellar follow: Chicago, IL (May 6-June 15 at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place); Washington, D.C. (June 20-29 at the Harman Center for the Arts); and Los Angeles, CA (July 9-Aug. 17 at the Mark Taper Forum).

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: