Lincoln Center Theater postpones Flying Over Sunset until Fall 2020

The new musical was set to begin performances at the Vivian Beaumont Theater on March 12, 2020.

Harry Hadden-Paton as Aldous Huxley, Carmen Cusack as Clare Boothe Luce & Tony Yazbeck as Cary Grant

Lincoln Center Theater has announced that the Broadway premiere of new musical Flying Over Sunset has been postponed until fall 2020. Preview performances were scheduled to begin on March 12, 2020 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater (ahead of an official opening on April 16). However, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, all Broadway theaters were forced to shutter on March 12.

In addition, Lynn Nottage and Ricky Ian Gordon's new opera Intimate Apparel, which had begun previews at Off-Broadway's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater on February 27, 2020, has also been postponed until fall 2020.

André Bishop, Artistic Director at Lincoln Center Theater commented: “We are proud of these shows and the many talented artists who made them and we hope and pray that we will reopen them in the Fall. That is our plan. May better times come to us all.”

Flying Over Sunset features a book by Pulitzer Prize and three-time Tony Award winner James Lapine (who also directs), music by Pulitzer Prize and two-time Tony Award winner Tom Kitt, and lyrics by Tony Award nominee Michael Korie.

Synopsis: "Set in the 1950’s, Flying Over Sunset is a work of fiction inspired by the lives of three extraordinary and accomplished people - writer Aldous Huxley; playwright, diplomat, and congresswoman, Clare Booth Luce; and film legend Cary Grant - each of whom in real life experimented with the drug LSD. At a crossroads in their lives the three come together, and under the influence of the drug, take a trip and confront the mysteries of their lives and their world."

As previously reported, the cast of Flying Over Sunset is led by Tony Award nominee Carmen Cusack (as Clare Boothe Luce), Tony Award nominee Harry Hadden-Paton (as Aldous Huxley), and Tony Award nominee Tony Yazbeck (as Cary Grant), alongside Erika HenningsenJeremy KushnierEmily PynenburgMichele RagusaRobert SellaLaura Shoop, and Atticus Ware.

The creative team behind Flying Over Sunset features choreography by Michelle Dorrance, orchestrations by Michael Starobin, music direction by Kimberly Grigsby, scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by Bradley King, sound design by Dan Moses Schreier, and projection design by Jeff Sugg.

Flying Over Sunset is produced on Broadway by Lincoln Center Theater in association with Jack Shear.

(Photo by Joan Marcus)