THE WEEK AHEAD, Jan. 28-Feb. 3: Closing Night Comes for Clear Day, Relatively Speaking, Chinglish; Carrie Returns! | Playbill

Inside Track THE WEEK AHEAD, Jan. 28-Feb. 3: Closing Night Comes for Clear Day, Relatively Speaking, Chinglish; Carrie Returns!'s weekly planner reminds you that On a Clear Day You Can See ('til Sunday)… there will be no more Speaking (of Chinglish or otherwise)… and the new Carrie begins, hoping that the premonition "they're all going to laugh at you" doesn't come true. New month, new shows this WEEK AHEAD.
Jessie Mueller and Harry Connick Jr.
Jessie Mueller and Harry Connick Jr. Photo by Paul Kolnik


Saturday, January 28
LAST CHANCE→ Naked Boys Singing!, the campy, long-running Off-Broadway revue featuring beautiful men singing naked (I'll throw in a "duh" here) hangs up its birthday suit after 3,069 performances. (New World Stages, 340 W. 50th St., btwn. 9th & 10th Aves. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

Sunday, January 29
LAST CHANCE→ On a Clear Day… you can see 'til Sunday, when the Broadway revival of the Alan Jay Lerner and Burton Lane musical closes. This reincarnated version, courtesy of Tony-winning director Michael Mayer, stars Harry Connick, Jr. as a psychiatrist pining for the past-life incarnation (Jessie Mueller) of one of his patients (David Turner). It features the classic songs "What Did I Have I Don't Have Now?," "Melinda," "Hurry, It's Lovely Up Here" and "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever." (St. James Theatre, 246 W. 44th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Aves., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

LAST CHANCE→ The Woody Allen-Elaine May-Ethan Coen triple-hander entitled Relatively Speaking comprises three one-acts by the aforementioned comedy legends — all dealing with the insane humor that comes with an insane family. The cast of 16 features Julie Kavner, Steve Guttenberg, Mark Linn-Baker and Marlo Thomas, under the direction of John Turturro. (Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 256 W. 47th St. btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

LAST CHANCE→ Doing business in China presents both opportunities and challenges for the central characters in Tony winner David Henry Hwang's creative new comedy Chinglish. This talented, mostly bi-lingual cast — led by Jennifer Lim — brilliantly portrays how a language barrier can present misunderstandings in both love and business. (Longacre Theatre, 220 W. 48th St., btwn. Broadway & 8th Ave, Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

Rosie Perez and David Hyde Pierce
photo by Joan Marcus
LAST CHANCE→ Tony winner David Hyde Pierce and Rosie Perez star in the new Off-Broadway comedy Close Up Space, by Molly Smith Metzler, about a book editor on deadline (Pierce) thrown for a loop when his professional and personal worlds collide, thanks to an outspoken author (Perez), a Russian-speaking daughter (Colby Minifie) and staffers who prove to be no help at all. (City Center Box, 131 W. 55th St., Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

Monday, January 30
GO→ Evenings at Circle in the Square Theatre may be dedicated to Jesus (by way of Godspell), but come morning, Cinderella reigns supreme with Cinderella: A New Version of The Oldest Story Ever Told. The children's play shows how the classic tale is refracted through the lenses of different countries and cultures. It will play mornings at the Broadway theatre. (10:30 AM, through Feb. 10, Circle in the Square Theatre, 1633 Broadway, at 50th St., $5, call 212-307-0388 or email for tickets.)

Tuesday, January 31
PREVIEWS→ She's baaaack! Carrie, one of Broadway's most notorious flops, rears her possessed little head after 20-some years of banishment. This revamp of the musical version of the Stephen King classic comes courtesy of Off-Broadway's MCC Theatre and stars Molly Ranson (Jerusalem, August: Osage County) as the bullied teenager raised by a fanatic nut of a mother (Marin Mazzie). When Carrie realizes she possesses strange telekinetic powers, she exacts revenge on all who scorned her. (Officially opens March 1. Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher St., btwn. Bleecker & Hudson Sts. Click here for Playbill Club discount tickets.)

Christine Ebersole
GO→ Two-time Tony Award winner Christine Ebersole returns to the intimate stage at the Café Carlyle for a nearly monthlong engagement. I've had the pleasure of seeing Christine perform dozens of times, and she never fails to stun me with her grace, wit and incredible voice. (Through Feb. 25, Café Carlye, 35 E. 76th St, info/tickets.)

Wednesday, February 1
PREVIEWS→ Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham stars in the Classic Stage Company's revival of Bertolt Brecht's Galileo. Abraham plays the embattled astronomer who famously went against the Catholic Church in the late 16th century to fight for his right to express his theory of how the planets move around the sun. (Officially opens Feb. 12. Classic Stage Company, 136 E. 13th St., btwn. 3rd & 4th Aves., info/tickets.)

Thursday, February 2
OPENING→ Director Sam Gold (Seminar) is at the helm of the Roundabout's Off-Broadway revival of John Osborne's Look Back in Anger. Matthew Rhys plays Jimmy, a working-class Englishman living in a tiny attic apartment with his upper-middle-class wife Allison (Sarah Goldberg). When his resentment for his wife comes to a head, Jimmy takes up with his wife's friend (Charlotte Parry), while Jimmy's mate Cliff (Adam Driver) tries to be the voice of reason. (Laura Pels Theatre, 111 W. 46th St., btwn. 6th & 7th Aves., info/tickets.)

Friday, February 3
GO→ Did the cancellation of the upcoming Broadway revival of Funny Girl rain on your parade? Fear not! Leslie Kritzer, who gave a memorable performances as Fanny Brice in a Paper Mill production of the classic Jule Styne musical a few years ago, explores the Styne songbook with the concert Hello, Gorgeous! Expect Kritzer belting out the songs from Gypsy, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and, of course, Funny Girl. (8:30 PM, Lincoln Center's Allen Room, 33 W. 60th St., at Broadway, call 212-721-6500 for tickets.)

Blake Ross is the editor of Playbill magazine. Follow her on Twitter @PlaybillBlake.

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