'Between Riverside and Crazy' sets Broadway cast

The cast from the original Off-Broadway production will return.

Gillian Russo
Gillian Russo

UPDATE: Oscar, Emmy, and Grammy Award-winning actor and musician Common completes the Broadway cast as Junior, taking on the role originated by Ron Cephas Jones. Between Riverside and Crazy marks his Broadway debut.

They're between Riverside and casting! Second Stage Theater's Broadway production of Between Riverside and Crazy, Stephen Adly Guirgis's Pulitzer-winning play, has announced casting. The show will begin performances at the Hayes Theater on November 30, with opening night on December 19.

Between Riverside and Crazy premiered off Broadway with Second Stage in 2015, and most of the cast from that production returns for the Broadway premiere. Stephen McKinley Henderson stars as Pops alongside Rosal Colón as Lulu, Victor Almanzar as Oswaldo, Elizabeth Canavan as Detective Audry O'Connor, Liza Colón-Zayas as Church Lady, and Michael Rispoli as Lieutenant Caro.

Almanzar, Canavan, Colón-Zayas, and Rispoli are all making their Broadway debuts.

One Off-Broadway cast member, Tony nominee Ron Cephas Jones, will not return for the Broadway production. Casting for his original role of Junior has yet to be announced.

Between Riverside and Crazy will also feature scenic design by Walt Spangler, costume design by Alexis Forte, lighting design by Keith Parham, and original music and sound design by Ryan Rumery.

Between Riverside and Crazy is set at Pops's rent-controlled apartment on the Upper West Side, which has become a haven for various down-and-out people, including Pops's paroled son Junior. But he's dealing with a landlord that wants to evict him and a lawsuit against the NYPD, his former employer, and Pops has to fight for redemption and a chance to hang onto his home.

Directing Between Riverside and Crazy on Broadway is Austin Pendleton, who also directed the show off Broadway. He performed on Broadway last season in The Minutes.

Check back for information on Between Riverside and Crazy tickets on New York Theatre Guide.

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