Monday, June 2, 2014
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Buyer & Cellar
DALLAS ENGAGEMENT ADDED TO
FIRST NATIONAL TOUR OF NEW YORK’S LONGEST RUNNING COMEDY
STARRING ORIGNAL STAR MICHAEL URIE
PLAYING THE DALLAS CITY PERFORMANCE HALL
SEPTEMBER 3 – SEPTEMBER 6, 2014
The longest running comedy in New York, now in its second smash year, is proud to announce the addition of a Dallas engagement to the first national tour of Buyer & Cellar, the critically acclaimed, award winning play about a (fictional) Los Angeles actor who takes a job working in the (very real) basement shopping arcade of Barbra Streisand’s Malibu estate. The comedy will play the Dallas City Performance Hall beginning Wednesday, September 3, 2014 through Saturday, September 6, 2014. Tickets are available now only as part of the inaugural OFF BROADWAY ON FLORA series presented by the AT&T Performing Arts Center in multiple venues in the downtown Dallas Arts District. Subscriptions for this 5-show series are on sale now at www.attpac.org.
Original New York Star and Texas native Michael Urie (“Ugly Betty”) launched the first national tour at Chicago’s Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place where the show is currently playing to critical acclaim 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 San Francisco’s SHN Curran Theatre beginning Tuesday, August 19, 2014 through Sunday, August 31, 2014. Buyer & Cellar will play additional cities including a three-week engagement at Toronto’s Panasonic Theatre from Wednesday, November 12, 2014 through Thursday, November 30, 2014 (Casting TBD) with more cities to be announced shortly. Buyer & Cellar, which recouped its initial investment faster than any Off-Broadway show in recent history, is written by Jonathan Tolins and directed by Stephen Brackett. Buyer & Cellar is produced by Darren Bagert, Dan Shaheen and Ted Snowdon.
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 & Cellarwon the Drama Desk Award, Lucille Lortel Award and Actors’ Equity Foundation’s Clarence Derwent Award.
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 New York’s Barrow Street Theatre where it opened June 24, 2013. Buyer & Cellar is the longest-running comedy in New York now in its second smash year and currently stars television and Broadway leading man Barrett Foa (“NCIS: Los Angeles,” Avenue Q).
MICHAEL URIE received the Drama Desk Award, Clarence Derwent Award, and nominations for the Drama League and Outer Critics Circle awards for originating the role of Alex More in Buyer & Cellar at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. New York theatre credits include How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Broadway), The Cherry Orchard (CSC), Angels in America (Signature), The Temperamentals (Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk and Theatre World awards, Drama League nomination), The Revenger’s Tragedy (Red Bull), Another Vermeer (HB Playwrights). Regionally, Urie has worked for The Old Globe, Vineyard Playhouse, South Coast Rep, Seattle Rep, Folger Shakespeare, Barrington Stage, Hyde Park (Austin) and The Blankd (L.A.). Film: He’s Way More Famous Than You (also directed), Thank You for Judging (co-director/exec. producer), Beverly Hills Chihuahua, WTC View, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, The Decoy Bride, Petunia and the upcoming Such Good People, The Hyperglot (director) and Grantham & Rose (exec. producer). TV: “Hot in Cleveland,” “Partners” and Marc St. James on “Ugly Betty.” Training: Juilliard.
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.”
– Entertainment Weekly
“The show is a crowd-pleaser.”
– New Yorker
“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
“A Smash Hit!”
– NBC NY
“The funniest show in town!”
– Joan Hamburg, WOR
“Too good to pass up! A wickedly funny fantasia on Barbra Streisand!”
“Laugh-Out-Loud Fun! A smart and hilarious comedy.”
A show that can’t be missed!”
-Windy City LIVE
“Michael Urie is a tour-de-force! ★★★★”
-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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