Christopher J. Hanke who who last appeared on the New York stage in the Broadway revival of How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, has come to Toronto to performance in the hit Off-Broadway solo comedy Buyer & Cellar . The Toronto production runs until November 30th at the Panasonic Theater. Written by Jonathan Tollins, Buyer & Cellar officially opened Off-Broadway June 24, 2013 starring Michael Urie (Ugly Betty). Henke took over the role from Urie and the rest is history. The play is an engaging 100 minute (no intermission) show about Alex More who has quite a story to tell. He's a struggling actor in L.A., who takes a job working in the Malibu basement of a beloved mega-superstar. Who might that mega star be? None other than Barbra Streisand! 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 a hilarious comedy about the price of fame, the cost of things, and the oddest of odd jobs. Hanke is absolutely amazing in the role and is totally mesmerizing. I spoke with Hanke beginning with MY OWN personal Barbra story which led to his working on this show, his thoughts on Streisand and the challenges of being on stage all by yourself for almost 2 hours straight.
Below is the audio of our conversation. ENJOY!
Hanke was recently seen in the HBO premiere of Larry Kramer's "The Normal Heart." He has appeared on Broadway in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying ( opposite Daniel Radcliffe) Cry-Baby, In My Life and Rent. His screen credits also include "The Client List," "Major Crimes," "Big Love" and "Brothers and Sisters."