Common to Make Broadway Debut Starring in Between Riverside and Crazy

This Oscar, Emmy, and Grammy Award-winning star is coming to Broadway. Second Stage Theater announced today that Common will make his Broadway debut in the role of Junior in the Broadway production of Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Between Riverside and Crazy, directed by Austin Pendleton.

He joins the previously announced cast that includes original Off-Broadway company members Victor Almanzar (Halfway Bitches Go Straight To Heaven), Elizabeth Canavan (PipelineLast Days of Judas Iscariot), Rosal Colón (A Free Man of ColorThe Motherf***er with the Hat), Liza Colón-Zayas (FX’s The Bear, 2ST’s Water By the Spoonful), Stephen McKinley Henderson (Tony Award nominee for Fences, 2ST’s Jitney) and Michael Rispoli (The OfferThe Deuce).

Between Riverside and Crazy will begin previews Wednesday, November 30, and will officially open on Monday, December 19, 2022 at Second Stage’s Hayes Theater. Second Stage originally presented the play at its off-Broadway home, the Tony Kiser Theater, in February 2015.

City Hall is demanding more than his signature, the landlord wants him out, the liquor store is closed — and the Church won’t leave him alone. For ex-cop and recent widower Walter “Pops” Washington and his recently paroled son Junior, the struggle to hold on to one of the last great rent stabilized apartments on Riverside Drive collides with old wounds, sketchy new houseguests, and a final ultimatum in this Pulitzer Prize-winning dark comedy from Stephen Adly Guirgis. For Pops and Junior, it seems the old days are dead and gone — after a lifetime living Between Riverside and Crazy.

The creative team for Between Riverside and Crazy includes scenic design by Walt Spangler, costume design by Alexis Forte, lighting design by Keith Parham, and original music/sound design by Ryan Rumery. Casting by Telsey + Company.

Second Stage Theater’s Broadway season also includes The Thanksgiving Play, which will make its Broadway premiere in spring 2023.