The cultural week ahead – NYC

After two-and-a-half years, Off-Broadway’s My First Time will play its last time at New World Stages this Friday. As the title suggests, this play explores the awkward, absurd, and sometime ridiculous stories of loosing one’s virginity. (New World Stages, Stage 5, 340 W. 50th Street, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues)

The revival of Arthur Miller’s 1955 drama, A View from the Bridge, starring Tony winner Liev Schreiber and Scarlett Johansson opens this Sunday. (Cort Theatre, 138 W. 48th Street, between Eighth Ave. and Broadway)

Broadway will get its last taste of Sweet Apple as it says “bye bye” to Bye Bye Birdie on Sunday. The first Broadway revival of the classic musical stars John Stamos, Gina Gershon and Tony-winner Bill Irwin. (Henry Miller’s Theatre, 124 West 43rd Street)

Media mogul Tyler Perry brings his popular alter-ego Madea to New York as part the national tour of Madea’s Big Happy Family. The tour will make multiple stops in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, etc. (Through January 31, Madison Square Garden, $59.50-$129.50, 4 Penn Plaza, entrance on Seventh Avenue)

Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series continues with performances by Rufus Wainwright, Bill Frisell, Van Dyke Parks and others exploring the contributions of Jewish songwriters like Berlin and Gershwin. Conceived by producer Hal Willner, the show promises “mash-ups” of well known songs from the American songbook that “challenge, shock and inspire.” (Wednesday, 8:30pm, The Allen Room at Lincoln Center, Broadway at 60th street, 6th floor)

Time Stands Still, a new play by Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Margulies, opens this Thursday on Broadway. Starring frequent Margulies collaborator Laura Linney, Alicia Silverstone, Brian D’Arcy James and Eric Bogosian, Time centers around a photographer (played by Linney) facing the realities of her stateside life after being wounded covering a war abroad. Also returning to work with Margulies is Tony-winning director Daniel Sullivan. (Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 West 47th Street)

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