Oscar, Emmy, and Grammy winner Common makes his Broadway debut starring as Junior in Between Riverside and Crazy, Stephen Adly Guirgis' Pulitzer-winning play enjoying its inaugural Broadway production via Second Stage Theater. Get a first look at the new production—and its starry opening night—below.
A comedic look at life in rent-controlled New York City, Guirgis' play follows recently widowed ex-cop Walter "Pops" Washington and his recently paroled son Junior as they try to hold onto their rent-stabilized apartment.
Joining Common is much of the play's original Off-Broadway cast, including Victor Almanzar as Oswaldo, Elizabeth Canavan as Detective O'Connor, Rosal Colón as Lulu, Liza Colón-Zayas as Church Lady, Stephen McKinley Henderson as Pops, and Michael Rispoli as Lieutenant Caro; Almanzar, Canavan, Colón-Zayas, and Rispoli all make their Broadway debuts with the production.
Pendleton, who also directed the cast Off-Broadway, returns with his original creative team: scenic designer Walt Spangler, costume designer Alexis Forte, lighting designer Keith Parham, and sound designer Ryan Rumery, who also provides original music. Casting is by William Cantler and Karyn Casl of The Telsey Office, with John C. Moore serving as production stage manager and Bryan Bauer as stage manager.
Between Riverside and Crazy made its Off-Broadway debut in 2014 at Atlantic Theater, where it had a sold-out run. Second Stage revived the show with much of the same cast and creative team at its Tony Kiser Theater Off-Broadway in February 2015.
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