STAR OF CBS’ “NCIS: LOS ANGELES”
IS THE NEWEST EMPLOYEE IN BARBRA’S BASEMENT SHOPPING MALL
TUESDAY, MAY 27, 2014
SMASH HIT COMEDY NOW IN ITS SECOND YEAR CONTINUES
OPEN ENDED RUN AT THE BARROW STREET THEATRE
“NCIS: Los Angeles” star and Broadway veteran Barrett Foa (Mamma Mia!, Avenue Q, …Spelling Bee) will become the newest employee in Barbra’s basement shopping mall in New York’s longest running comedy Buyer & Cellar on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at the Barrow Street Theatre (27 Barrow Street). For the past five seasons, Barrett Foa has co-starred opposite LL Cool J and Chris O’Donnell as tech geek Eric Beale on CBS’ top-rated hit series “NCIS: Los Angeles” which is currently the #2 show on television. Buyer & Cellar, now in its second smash year, recouped its initial investment faster than any Off-Broadway show in recent history, is written by Jonathan Tolins and directed by Stephen Brackett.
The critically-acclaimed hit comedy Buyer & Cellar swept the Best of 2013 Theater lists including The New York Times, Associated Press, The Hollywood Reporter, New York Post, New York Daily News, NPR, Newsday, The Huffington Post, AM New York, The New York Observer, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Entertainment Weekly, NBC New York, Playbill, Towleroad, Gay City News and Time Out New York. Buyer & Cellar won the 2014 Lucille Lortel Award and 2013 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Production.
Buyer & Cellar had its world premiere in April 2013 at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, where it received rave reviews and played a sold-out, extended run before transferring to the Barrow Street Theatre where it opened June 24, 2013, and currently stars Broadway’s Christopher J. Hanke (How to Succeed…) through Sunday, May 25, 2014.
Buyer & Cellar plays Tuesday through Sunday at 7:30pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2:30pm. There will be no 7:30pm performances on Sunday, June 8 and Friday, July 4. There will be additional performances on Wednesday, June 11 at 2:30pm and Monday, June 30 at 7:30pm. Tickets may be purchased by phoning 212 868-4444 or by visiting www.smarttix.com. The Barrow Street Theatre box office opens daily at 1pm.
The first national tour of Buyer & Cellar starring Michael Urie (“Ugly Betty”) launched at Chicago’s Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place Tuesday, May 6, 2014 to rave reviews. Chris Jones from The Chicago Tribune calls Buyer & Cellar, “Laugh-out-loud fun! A smart and hilarious comedy,” with Hedy Weiss of the Chicago Sun-Times adding the show is, “Too good to pass up! A wickedly funny fantasia on Barbra Streisand.” Buyer & Cellar will continue its Chicago engagement through Sunday, June 15, 2014, followed by an engagement at Washington D.C.’s Harman Center for the Arts from Friday, June 20, 2014 through Sunday, June 29, 2014. Urie will then take Buyer & Cellar to Los Angeles’ Mark Taper Forum for six weeks from Wednesday, July 9, 2014 through Sunday, August 17, 2014, followed by an engagement at the SHN Curran Theatre in San Francisco from August 19, 2014 through August 31, 2014.
BARRETT FOA (Alex More) is best known to audiences as tech geek Eric Beale on “NCIS: Los Angeles.” The hit CBS crime drama is still the #2 show on television five seasons and counting. Other television includes “Entourage”, “NCIS”, “Numb3rs,”, “Six Degrees” and “The Closer.” Foa starred on Broadway in the Tony-winning musicals Avenue Q (Princeton/Rod), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Leaf Coneybear), Mamma Mia! (Original Cast), and the 30th anniversary production of Godspell (Jesus). Other New York theatre includes: Playwrights Horizons (Adam Bock’s The Drunken City), The Public Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, The York, The Houseman, and solo shows at The Duplex and Ars Nova. Regional theatre includes: Connecticut Repertory Theatre (recently Harold Hill in The Music Man), Paper Mill Playhouse (Frederic in Pirates!; Mordred in Camelot), Bay Street Theatre (The Lady In Question by and starring Charles Busch), Hartford Stage and The Shakespeare Theatre Company, D.C. (Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing), TheatreWorks in CA, The St. Louis Muny, North Shore Music Theatre, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Maine State Music Theatre, Music Theatre of Wichita, and Weston Playhouse. Foa co-wrote, produced, and starred in For The Record: John Hughes, a live environmental musical event featuring scenes and songs from the movies of director John Hughes. The show played several summers of sold out runs at LA’s Rockwell Table & Stage and NYC’s City Winery. Born and raised in New York City, Foa graduated from The Dalton School in Manhattan. He attended Interlochen Arts Camp for four summers, studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, and received his BFA in Musical Theatre Performance from The University of Michigan. Foa co-hosted the 2013 Tony Awards on CBS.
JONATHAN TOLINS (Playwright) is the author of Buyer & Cellar, which was named Best Unique Theatrical Experience by the Off-Broadway Alliance when it premiered at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Other plays include The Twilight of the Golds (Broadway, Booth Theatre), If Memory Serves (Promenade), The Last Sunday in June (Rattlestick, Century Center) and Secrets of the Trade (Primary Stages). A collection of his plays has been published by Grove/Atlantic. His film work includes The Twilight of the Golds and Martian Child. For television, he was a writer for “Queer as Folk,” The Academy Awards, The Tony Awards and “Partners.” He was the author of Pushkin 200: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall, acted as script consultant on Walking with Dinosaurs: The Arena Spectacular, and co-wrote The Divine Millennium Tour and The Showgirl Must Go On for Bette Midler. He has written articles for Opera News, Opera Monthly, TheaterWeek, Time magazine and The Huffington Post, and is a panelist on the Metropolitan Opera Radio Quiz. He lives in Fairfield, Connecticut with his husband, the writer and director Robert Cary, and their children, Selina and Henry. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Writers Guild of America.
STEPHEN BRACKETT (Director). NYC credits include Jonathan Tolins’ Buyer & Cellar (Rattlestick), Dan Fishback’s The Material World (Dixon Place), Micheline Auger’s American River (Lesser America), Bekah Brunstetter’s Nothing is the End of the World (Except for the End of the World) (Waterfall), Chad Beckim’s After (Partial Comfort), Brunstetter’s Be a Good Little Widow (Ars Nova), The Tenant (Woodshed Collective), David Mixner’s From the Front Porch(Dixon Place), Nick Jones and Rachel Shukert’s The Sporting Life (Studio 42), Rick Viede’sWhore (Summer Play Festival) and Bixby Elliot’s PN1923.45 LS01 Volume 2 (Culture Project). Regional credits include The Trouble With Doug (TheatreWorks) and Kilroy Was Here; A STyx Rock Opera (Williamstown). Stephen is a company member of Lesser America and Partial Comfort, and an alumnus of the Soho Rep Lab.
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EVERYONE LOVES BUYER & CELLAR!
“A triumph! I tell you to GO. The most talked about new comedy of the season. It goes down as easily and tastily as lemon sorbet, and the only pain in your stomach it creates is the kind that comes from laughing too hard.”
–Ben Brantley, The New York Times
“Hilarious! Beyond brilliant! This show will go down like butta.”
“The show is a crowd-pleaser.”
“It’s a Funny-Girl, Babs-inspired comedy.”
–New York Post
“This play deserves a hearty, ‘Hello, Gorgeous!’”
–New York Daily News
“The funniest show of the year!”
–New York Observer
“A delectable treat…uproariously funny.”
–The Huffington Post
“Outrageous and gut-busting! A smash hit!”
“The funniest show in town!”
–Joan Hamburg, WOR
“A show that can’t be missed!”
-Windy City LIVE
-Time Out Chicago
“Get your tickets now! ★★★★”
-Oak Park Newspaper
“Brilliant! A must-see!”
-Best Gay Chicago
“I can’t remember when I’ve laughed as hard and for so long.
A hilarious evening of imaginative entertainment!”
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