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Must See Livestream: You can still watch Michael Urie’s tour-de-force performance in “Buyer and Cellar”

TV and stage star Michael Urie returned to his acclaimed role in Jonathan Tolins’ BUYER & CELLAR live from his living room on Sunday. The performance was to raise money for The Actor’s Fund which has never been more needed due to the coronavirus pandemic that has halted live performances in the U.S.

Here’s the premise of the Off-Broadway sensation that Urie also performed at Mark Taper Forum in 2014: Urie plays Alex More, an actor who is down on his luck after being recently fired from Disneyland. He lands a job curating the basement of Barbra Streisand. It’s fiction but what is not fiction is that in the basement of a house on her Malibu estate, Streisand created a private fantasy world to display her accumulated tchotchkes: a narrow cobblestoned “street” of boutiques, from an antique doll store and confectionery with its own taffy-making machine to a dress shop filled with favorite costumes from her films.

I’ve just finished watching and it is so good. It will be available on YouTube for only a few more days.
So watch it while you can and enjoy!

Donations to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund are helping those onstage, backstage and behind the scenes receive urgent medical care and financial assistance during the pandemic and work shutdown. With every passing day that theaters remain dark, entertainment professionals face unprecedented health and financial challenges requiring immediate attention and resources. Donations to the emergency fund can be made at

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3 Remarks

  1. The 24 hours has passed and the performance is still up on YouTube. Where did you get the info that they would take it down? I doubt they would want to place a deadline on donations for a good cause.

    Anyway, I agree with you about the performance. Michael Urie is brilliant and funny and so very moving in this play.

  2. I got the info from Michael Urie’s social media. That was the original plan. They have since extended another 48 hours. I don’t put up false information John.

  3. April 21st, 2020 at 9:06 am
    Barry Simon says:

    I saw a local production of this several years ago and it was a marvel. The script is a study in how to write a one-person show. But watching Michael re-create his performance is a master class in acting. It is nothing short of brilliant and should be seen by anyone who loves theater, great acting and exceptional writing.

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