Logo Greenlights Two New Series; Renews ‘Cocktails & Classics’ For Season 3

Cocktails & Classics Season 3 will premiere in 2016, with a date to be announced. Michael Urie and his industry insider friends will be back to share their takes on classic films and shed light on behind-the-scenes gossip.

– Denise Petski

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Michael Berresse, Michael Urie Set for Still at Risk Reading About Evolution of Response to AIDS

Tom Kirdahy Productions and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS will present a benefit reading of Tim Pinckney’s Still at Risk Feb. 22 at and benefiting The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center of New York City.

The cast will feature Michael Berresse, Amy Hohn, Francis Jue, Matt McGrath and Michael Urie.

– Andrew Gans

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Michael Urie Returns to Logo TV with the Second Season of ‘Cocktails and Classics’

Michael Urie, the host of Logo’s Cocktails and Classics, hopes to be an antidote for your stale movie nights. Now back for its second season, which began Oct. 25 on Logo, the show has Urie moderate a group of friends and celebrities as they comment, re-enact and pay homage to the classic film canon.

– Patrick Ronsenquist

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Michael Urie Helms ‘What’s Your Emergency’ Web Series, To Debut This Month

An all-new web series, “What’s Your Emergency,” attempts to dramatize just that in a hilarious way, chronicling the the misadventures of the inept rescue workers of Hell, Michigan (a real place) as they attempt to run the town’s 911 call center. Written by Ryan Spahn and Halley Feiffer, the show features an emsemble cast of New York stage veterans, including Reed Birney, Sierra Boggess, Debra Monk, Kevin Covert and Mckean Rand, among others.

The series is directed by “Ugly Betty” star Michael Urie, who nabbed a 2013 Drama Desk Award for his solo performance in Jonathan Tolins’ “Buyer & Cellar.”

– Curtis M. Wong

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Patti LuPone and Michael Urie on Pesky Texters, Juilliard Shorthand, and Shows for Days

On TV’s Ugly Betty, they played mother and son. Onstage now in Douglas Carter Beane’s “Shows for Days” at Lincoln Center Theater, they’re playing a similar (but vastly different) kind of pair.

– David Gordon

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An Enduring Musical Comedy Gets a Gender-Bending Twist

Michael Urie (of “Ugly Betty” repute) gives Hysterium, Pseudolus’s fellow slave and unwilling ally, a sunny disposition that is unlike the usually neurotic depiction of the character and makes his later throes seem all that more droll.

– Michael Sommers

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Nantucket Film Fest: Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ Among Winners

The Teen View Jury Award went to The Hyperglot, directed by Michael Urie and written by Michael Levi Harris.

– Tatiana Siegel

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Michael Urie Turns On the Charm in ‘Shows for Days’

Urie is unfazed by the tabloid hubbub, or the grande dame upstaging him, in the headlines anyway. He has gone toe-to-toe with divas before and always matched them at their level.

– Erik Maza

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How Michael Urie’s Talent Transforms Terror

Like the charmingly cluttered set behind Urie—stacks of wicker baskets, old lampshades, mismatched chairs—“Shows for Days” is at once intensely specific and reminiscent of all community theater. It’s a story to which thespians everywhere, and certainly Urie, can relate.

– Jack Smart

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Alien Invasion Thriller, Air Traffic Control Drama, Michael Urie Comedy in Pipeline at USA Network

USA Network on Thursday pulled the curtain back on its 2014-15 development slate, and it includes an alien invasion thriller, an air traffic control drama and a sitcom starring Ugly Betty‘s Michael Urie.

– Michael Ausiello

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London’s Menier Chocolate Factory Season to Include Michael Urie in Buyer & Cellar, Assassins & More

The Menier Chocolate Factory’s winter season will kick off this November with the Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman musical Assassins. Following the new production, Michael Urie will bring Babs’ Malibu mall across the pond for the U.K. premiere of Buyer and Cellar.

– Ryan McPhee

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Hit Comedy Buyer & Cellar, Starring Michael Urie, Opens in Chicago May 10

The national tour of Jonathan Tolins’ one-man comedy Buyer & Cellar, starring Michael Urie, officially opens May 10 at Chicago’s Broadway Playhouse.

– Adam Hetrick

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Buyer & Cellar, Starring Michael Urie, Will Play San Francisco

The national tour of Jonathan Tolins’ one-man comedy Buyer & Cellar, starring Michael Urie, will play San Francisco’s Curran Theatre in August.

– Adam Hetrick

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Out Magazine: The Set-Up

Actors Michael Urie & Ryan Spahn share the story of how they met and fell in love

– Out Contributer

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Buyer & Cellar, Starring Michael Urie, Extends Once More Off-Broadway

The hit show Buyer & Cellar has once again extended and will now play through August 31 at the Barrow Street Theatre. Starring Michael Urie, the off-Broadway comedy is written by Jonathan Tolins and directed by Stephen Brackett…

– Staff

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Big Break? Well, Eyes Will Be on Him

The Off Broadway hit “Buyer & Cellar” has delivered a 200 percent return to its investors in just six months, and everyone involved knows the main reason: The star, Michael Urie (television’s “Ugly Betty”), who has received phenomenal reviews in the one-man play. But with Mr. Urie on vacation this weekend, a perennial dream of New York actors is coming true. The understudy is going on…

– Patrick Healy

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The Good, the Bad and the ‘Ugly Betty’

When Michael Urie was cast in 2006 as Vanessa Williams’s slavishly devoted assistant on the television series “Ugly Betty,” it meant a move toLos Angeles. Relocating is an actor’s lot, of course, but Mr. Urie desperately missed New York. Clever guy, he came up with an effective treatment for homesickness: the purchase of an apartment in a very tall building. “Anytime friends came over,” he recalled, “they said, ‘This is just like home.’ ”…

– Joanne Kaufman

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The Best Museum and Theater Shows of the Next Year

…The shopping center in the basement of Barbra Streisand’s Malibu home is real. The employee who mans the mall in Buyer and Cellar (played by Michael Urie), is an invention. The play by Jonathan Tolins, a hit in New York, comes to the Mark Taper Forum in July…

– Jon Regardie

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Off-Broadway Hit, Buyer & Cellar, Starring Michael Urie, Extended Again

The critically acclaimed hit Buyer & Cellar, which recently celebrated its 200th performance at the Barrow Street Theatre off-Broadway, has been extended yet again through April 13. The comedy starringMichael Urie is written by Jonathan Tolins and directed by Stephen Brackett…

– Damian Bellino

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10 of Our Favorite Theater Things in 2013

…You don’t have to be a Barbra Streisand fan to fall in love with “Buyer &Cellar.” Jonathan Tolins’s imaginative story about a guy who’s hired to work in Streisand’s underground mall is filled with so many warm, wonderful, witty moments, it’s impossible not to adore. But while much of the humor is written into the script, it’s star Michael Urie who gives the material in the one-man-show its heart. The actor, known to many from his days on “Ugly Betty,” has that charismatic charm and playful versatility that makes you want to go along this fictitious, fantastical ride.

– Dave Quinn

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2013 Aggie Awards Warm Up Winter

…Michael Urie’s dazzling virtuosic performance will live on in the memory of anyone who saw it. (Barrow Street Theatre, 27 Barrow St. at Seventh …

– David Noh

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10 Best Plays of the Year: Richard III, No Man’s Land, and More

…Michael Urie is so full of charm and affection as he plays every role (including Streisand herself) that this lighter-than-air confection touchingly …

– Janice Kaplan

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Michael Urie, Up From Ash’s (Script)

…The Dallas native teamed with a fellow gay Texan, writer-director Ash Christian, for the indie filmPetunia, now available from Wolfe on DVD. His role there as George Petunia, the scion of a quirky clan, is almost the antithesis of Marc: aloof, not-so-effeminate and sexually ambiguous, George is the kind of man the 33-year-old actor has longed to play…

– Chris Azzopardi

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The 10 best theater had to offer in 2013

…Michael Urie plays a struggling actor who goes to work for Barbra Streisand as a clerk in her underground mall of quaint shops, which no one but Streisand goes to. Over 100 minutes, Urie plays out more than 30 scenes in which his character has a fraught tango with the fictional Babs. It’s moving and sweet and funny. Urie also helped the off-Broadway one-man show do something few can boast: recoup…

– Mark Kennedy

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Pop Culture Characters That Stood Out in 2013

… Alex More, “Buyer & Cellar.” Michael Urie stars as Alex, an unemployed actor hired to curate the imaginary mall in Barbra Streisand’s basement in Jonathan Tolin’s one-person, multi-character play. Urie morphs between the actor and the diva with a beguiling performance that doesn’t imitate. He re-creates…
— Linda Winer

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Tis the season for year-end lists, and 2013 saw a broad range of exciting theatre on New York stages. From energetic, transporting new musicals to no-frills revivals (OK, maybe the Shakespeare has some frills), there was hope for musical innovation, original direction that managed to make classic plays feel revelatory, and a thrilling batch of new plays from both young and well-established voices.
Read on for a countdown my top ten favorites…

– Naveen Kumar

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10 Shows to See Right Now

So, comes the inevitable question when someone learns what I do for a living, what should I see?
It depends, I reply with equal inevitability. What do you like?

The perfect play for my parents isn’t the perfect play for my best friend. The best show for a die-hard Rent head isn’t the same as the best show for a devoted Shakespearean. Some people (inexplicably) hate musicals. So rather than engage in the academic exercise of naming my 10 favorite shows from the year, let’s be a bit more utilitarian—servicey!—and pick a few things to see.

It’s not a Top 10 of the Year; it’s a Top 10 Things to See Right Now.

– Jesse Oxfeld

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Seven must-see Broadway (and Off Broadway) shows you can Actually get tickets to this December

If you, like my family, have made plans to head to New York this December but have not planned far enough ahead to, say, buy tickets to a Broadway show, you’re in luck: there are plenty of others like you who are spontaneous theatergoers. Well, fly-by-night patrons in search of available, affordable, And quality tickets need not worry about getting last pick, a la an unfortunate dodgeball game or holiday dinner behind greedier and more robust relatives.

EW’s stage team has highlighted seven shows (four Broadway, three Off Broadway) that you should — and more importantly can – still get…

– Marc Snetiker

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Horizon Movies Releases He’s Way More Famous Than You on DVD

He’s Way More Famous Than You Genre: Comedy Street date: September 24, 2013

DVD SRP: $26.95

Director: Michael Urie

In the daring and hilarious He’s Way More Famous Than You, actress and writer Halley Feiffer (Bored to Death) turns her up and down life in the movies into a madcap black comedy.

Halley plays an exaggerated version of herself, a manic alcoholic living off the fumes of fame generated by her performance in The Squid and the Whale (2005). Desperate for attention, she decides to apply for a grant at an independent film festival. Thinking only of stardom, she spends her time begging celebrities to act in her unwritten drama, pestering Natasha Lyonne (American Pie), Mamie Gummer (Side Effects), and the Karate Kid himself Ralph Macchio. As she drunkenly chases fame, her personal relationships disintegrate, and when the camera starts rolling she begins to realize how alone she really is.

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DVD, Digital Release: Petunia

DVD Release Date: Sept. 3, 2013; Digital Release Date: Aug. 6, 2013

Price: DVD $24.95

Studio: Wolfe Video

Christine Lahti and Tobias Segal light up in Petunia.

An offbeat family of New Yorkers, the Petunias, comes to terms with their own misgivings about life, relationships and the sheer unpredictability of love itself in the 2012 independent comedy-drama film Petunia.

The movie weaves together the lives of brothers Charlie (Tobias Segal, R.I.P.D.), Adrian (Jimmy Heck), and Michael (Eddie Kaye Thomas, A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas) as they unlearn everything their psychoanalyst parents have taught them.

While Michael’s cynical wife Vivian (Thora Birch, American Beauty) discovers she is pregnant, the family is also changing. Charlie’s would be boyfriend George (Michael Urie, The Decoy Bride) is in a polyamorous relationship with fitness fanatic Robin (Brittany Snow, Pitch Perfect) and Adrian has developed an unrelenting sex addiction. Meanwhile, meddling parents Felicia (Christine Lahti, …And Justice for All) and Percy…

– Laurence

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