Jessica Shaw
December 20, 2013 AT 05:00 AM EST

For his remarkable year in Off Broadway’s Buyer & Cellar, Michael Urie should raise a glass — maybe the one in his dressing room featuring a certain diva’s face. First, to Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who turned down the one-man show about a struggling actor working at the famed underground mall at Barbra Streisand’s Malibu estate. Also, to writer Jonathan Tolins, who penned the hilarious story about love, loss, and what Barbra wore. But mostly Urie should toast himself for his award-winning performance playing seven characters, including a tour de force Babs. “I didn’t want to do a drag version of Barbra,” says Urie, 33. “I wanted the funny to come out of the situation rather than her being cross-eyed.” Does he think La Streisand should see it? “It wouldn’t be fair for her to sit with an audience,” says Urie. A command performance? “That would be better, but I’d s— in my pants.”

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