Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams Arrive on Broadway as Al Pacino Exits: What Not to Miss This Week!

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The Know: Don't miss out on this week's must-see shows and events, Jan. 28-Feb. 7!

PREVIEWS

Feb. 2: The New Group's revival of Sam Shepard’s Buried Child begins Off-Broadway featuring "Mad Men" star Rich Sommer, "Apollo 13"'s Ed Harris and Broadway vet Larry Pine. The play launched the iconic playwright to international fame following its critically acclaimed debut in 1978.

Feb. 5: David Harrower's award-winning Blackbird makes its Broadway debut with a cast headed by Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams. The Joe Mantello-helmed play tells the story of Una and Ray, reunited after 15 years. 

Jeff Daniels in the 2007 Off-Broadway production
Jeff Daniels in the 2007 Off-Broadway production Photo by Joan Marcus

OPENING

Jan. 28: Dream of Red Pavilions, the epic 18th century Chinese novel about the rise and fall of an aristocratic family, receives its world-premiere stage adaptation at Off-Broadway's Pan Asian Repertory Theatre. The classic romance tells the story of two beings from the heavenly kingdom – a stone and a flower – who are reborn on earth as cousins and fall in love.  LAST CHANCE

Jan. 31: Oscar winner Al Pacino and Christopher Denham take their final bows in David Mamet's two-hander, China Doll. Pacino plays a billionaire on the verge of retirement, ready to buy his young, new fiancée a jet plane and settle into the good life. 

Jan. 31: The Olivier Award-winning King Charles III concludes its Broadway run. The critically acclaimed play imagines a future in which Britain's current Queen Elizabeth II has passed away and her son has assumed the throne. 

SPECIAL EVENTS

Jan. 29: PBS airs "American Masters: Mike Nichols," Elaine May's loving tribute to the late director and his extraordinary life. The film draws on long, candid interviews with the artist in which he talks about his humble beginnings as a German refugee. 

Jan. 31: Fox's Grease: Live hits television screens around the world. The cast of the broadcast staging features Julianne Hough, Aaron Tveit, Vanessa Hudgens, Keke Palmer and Carly Rae Jepsen, to name a few. Read more: What Were You Like in High School? Grease: Live Cast Relives The Glory Days  

Feb. 3: The original Side Show stars Alice Ripley and Emily Skinner reunite at Feinstein’s/54 Below for their Unattached concert, playing through Feb. 6. We handed the leading ladies a couple of Playbill questionnaires to reveal facts about themselves and each other; check it out here.

Feb. 3: "Josh Groban: Stages Live" is released in cinemas nationwide. Recorded before a live audience at the Los Angeles Theatre, Groban brings iconic songs from musical theatre to life, including "All I Ask of You" (The Phantom of the Opera) and "Anthem" (Chess), among many others. 

Feb. 4 and 6: Lincoln Center's American Songbook Series continues into February, featuring intimate concerts with Todd Almond, Courtney Love and Sherie Rene Scott (Feb. 4); as well as real-life married couple and comedic duo Jerry Dixon and Mario Cantone (Feb. 6).   

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