Barrett Foa Takes a Trip to Streisand’s Basement

LL Cool J and Chris O’Donnell may be the marquee-name stars of CBS’ hit drama “NCIS: LA,” but there are plenty of viewers who have tuned in weekly for the past five seasons just for a glimpse of handsome surfer/tech dude Eric Beale — or more accurately, his portrayer, Barrett Foa. But only some of them know that the 36-year-old heartthrob spent his first decade working almost exclusively on the New York stage, including the Broadway productions of the musicals “Mamma Mia!” and “Avenue Q.”

Now, Foa is finally returning to the Big Apple’s boards to star in Jonathan Tolins’ acclaimed solo piece “Buyer & Cellar” at downtown’s Barrow Street Theatre. In the piece, Foa plays a variety of characters, primarily Alex More, an out-of-work actor who goes to work for Barbra Streisand in the stores she created below her vast Malibu estate — as well as La Streisand herself!

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