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Between Riverside and Crazy on Broadway
Between Riverside and Crazy on Broadway
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Between Riverside and Crazy on Broadway

New York, NY
See Common's Broadway debut in this Pulitzer Prize-winning play.
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About Between Riverside and Crazy on Broadway

Common to make Broadway debut!

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. “It’s a dizzying and exciting place to be!” hails The New York Times.

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Stephen Adly Guirgis's Pulitzer-winning play Between Riverside and Crazy makes its Broadway debut this fall, seven years after its last Off-Broadway production with Second Stage. Alongside much of the original Off-Broadway cast, multi-award-winning artist Common makes his Broadway debut in the show. Get Between Riverside and Crazy tickets on TodayTix now.

Between Riverside and Crazy is a play about Walter "Pops" Washington, a man who once had it all: a happy marriage, a successful career in the NYPD, and a spacious, rent-controlled apartment on the Upper West Side that anyone would die for. Now, his wife is gone. He's spent eight years fighting a lawsuit against the NYPD over the gunshot wound that wrongfully ended his career. He still has the apartment, at least, but even that hangs in the balance. The place has become a shelter for Pops's paroled son and other down-and-outs, and the landlord repeatedly tries to evict them. Between Riverside and Crazy is a story about people just trying to make it through, and hoping for a little redemption.

Newly joining the Broadway cast is Common, a Grammy, Emmy, and Oscar-winning actor, writer, and musician. In his 30-year career, he's put out 14 albums, acted in dozens of TV shows and movies, and more. His R&B, hip-hop, and rap music has earned him three Grammys, and his songwriting talents have earned him his Emmy (for the song "Letter to the Free" from 13th) and his Oscar (for "Glory" from Selma). You might also recognize him from movies like American Gangster and Suicide Squad, and now you can catch Common live in his Broadway debut.

Between Riverside and Crazy is Guirgis's second play on Broadway; his first, The Motherfucker with the Hat, premiered in 2011 and got six Tony nominations including Best Play. His works have appeared off Broadway, though, plenty of times before and in between. Between 2000 and 2019, he's had 11 Off-Broadway productions at major theatre companies like The Public Theater, Signature Theatre, and Second Stage Theater.

Between Riverside and Crazy had its own world premiere at Atlantic Theater Company in 2014 and got an encore run at Second Stage Theater (plus a Pulitzer Prize for Drama) a year later. The production of Between Riverside and Crazy on Broadway is the same one, helmed by its original director, New York theatre favorite Austin Pendleton.

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What to Watch For

  • All but one of the original cast members from Between Riverside and Crazy off Broadway are reprising their roles in the Broadway production.
  • Earlier in the fall 2022 Broadway season, Martyna Majok's Cost of Living is mirroring the history of Between Riverside and Crazy: premiering on Broadway with the same theatre company, director, and stars from its Off-Broadway production. Both shows also won a Pulitzer Prize in between productions.
  • Guirgis often uses religious imagery in his otherwise irreverent plays: Some of his other works are titled The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, and Our Lady of 121st Street. Between Riverside and Crazy isn't a religious title, but there is a character called Church Lady and some religious imagery.
  • Between Riverside and Crazy shares themes with Guirgis's most recent play, 2019's Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven. Both plays feature downtrodden characters on the Upper West Side; Halfway Bitches takes place in a halfway house in the neighborhood. Three actors —Elizabeth Canavan, Victor Almanzar, and Liza Colón-Zayas — have also performed in both.
  • In recent years, Second Stage has produced the hit Broadway run of Take Me Out, the pre-Broadway run of Dear Evan Hansen, and Harvey Fierstein's Tony-winning Torch Song.
  • Common is only a Tony Award away from EGOT status, given to those who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. Maybe Between Riverside and Crazy will get him there!
Run time

2 hrs, incl intermission

Start date

November 30th, 2022

End date

February 12th, 2023

Genre

Play

Venue

The Hayes Theater

Age

Ages 12+

From $79
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