Second Stage Theater's upcoming Broadway production of Stephen Adly Guirgis' Pulitzer-winning Between Riverside and Crazy will live stream the final two weeks of its run, with performances January 31–February 12, 2023, available to stream. The production is set to begin performances at the Hayes Theater November 30 prior to an official opening December 19.
This will be the second time Second Stage has live-streamed a Broadway production, following last season's Clyde's. That production was streamed in 49 states and Washington, D.C.—78% of viewers were outside of NYC—and sold out 11 of its 14 streamed performances. As with the Clyde's streams, Between Riverside and Crazy will be captured by 5-7 cameras and edited live. Cameras will be operated remotely and placed in the theatre to avoid disrupting the in-person audience.
Tony nominee Stephen McKinley Henderson (Fences, A Raisin in the Sun), Victor Almanzar (Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven), Elizabeth Canavan (Pipeline, Last Days of Judas Iscariot), Rosal Colón (A Free Man of Color, The Motherf***er with the Hat), Liza Colón-Zayas (The Bear, Water By the Spoonful), and Michael Rispoli (The Offer, The Deuce) will reprise their performances from the work's 2014 Off-Broadway premiere. Almanzar, Canavan, Colón-Zayas, and Rispoli will all be making their Broadway debuts. The role of Junior, originally played by Ron Cephas-Jones, will be played by Oscar, Grammy, and Emmy winner Common.
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.
Director Austin 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 The Telsey Office.
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 the same cast and creative team at its Tony Kiser Theater Off-Broadway in February 2015.