Flying Over Sunset

UPDATE: This production has been postponed until spring 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay tuned for more information.

Tickets for Flying Over Sunset at the Vivian Beaumont Theater will be on sale soon.

Lincoln Center Theater presents a new musical Flying Over Sunset, featuring a book and direction by James Lapine, music by Tom Kitt, and lyrics by Michael Korie.

A Broadway dream team of creatives has been enlisted for this fascinating musical that imagines a fictional meeting of equally creative minds in the 1950s whilst under the influence of LSD. Those three minds belong to Hollywood icon Cary Grant, writer Aldous Huxley, and playwright, diplomat, and congresswoman, Clare Boothe Luce, who all individually testified to having used the hallucinogenic drug. James Lapine has enjoyed tremendous previous success on Broadway with Tony Award wins for his work on Into the Woods, Passion, and Falsettos, alongside a Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Sunday in the Park with George. Tom Kitt, of course, won the hearts of Broadway fans after writing the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning score for Next to Normal, and Michael Korie made an impactful Broadway debut as a Tony-nominated lyricist with the fan favorite, Grey Gardens.

And if this trio of creatives isn’t enough to seal the deal, Lincoln Center Theater has cast a trio of triple threats that have each wowed and earned respective Tony Award nominations in recent years: Harry Hadden-Paton (My Fair Lady, also at Lincoln Center Theater), Carmen Cusack (Bright Star), and Tony Yazbeck (On the Town).

Get ready for a mind-blowing production that is set to deliver a theatrical high and a dramatic trip that more than live up to the musical’s subject matter.

(Photo by Joan Marcus)

About Flying Over Sunset:

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 Boothe 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.

Carmen Cusack
Carmen Cusack
as Clare Boothe Luce
Harry Hadden-Paton
Harry Hadden-Paton
as Aldous Huxley
Tony Yazbeck
Tony Yazbeck
as Cary Grant
Book by James Lapine, Music by Tom Kitt, and Lyrics by Michael Korie
Lincoln Center Theater in association with Jack Shear
James Lapine
Bradley King
Dan Moses Schreier
Beowulf Boritt
Michelle Dorrance
Toni-Leslie James
Cast list:
Carmen Cusack (as Clare Boothe Luce), Harry Hadden-Paton (as Aldous Huxley), and Tony Yazbeck (as Cary Grant), with Erika Henningsen, Jeremy Kushnier, Emily Pynenburg, Michele Ragusa, Robert Sella, Laura Shoop, and Atticus Ware
Other info:
Orchestrations by Michael Starobin, Music Direction by Kimberly Grigsby, and Projections by Jeff Sugg
Flying Over Sunset Performance Dates & Times
Coming Soon

Vivian Beaumont Theater - Lincoln Center Theater

50 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023
Nearest subway station:
66th Street - Lincoln Center station

Latest Flying Over Sunset News & Features

Flying Over Sunset
Lincoln Center Theater postpones Flying Over Sunset and Intimate Apparel to Spring 2021
June 24, 2020

Lincoln Center Theater has announced that the productions of Flying Over Sunset and Intimate Apparel, originally scheduled to open March 2020, will open in the spring of 2021. Lincoln Center Theatre had previously hoped to open the productions in fall of 2020 after cancelling the March openings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but has postponed to the spring out of safety concerns.  Lincoln Center Theater will also produce two additional productions in 2021, one at the Claire Tow Theater in the spring and another at the Mitzi E. Newhouse in the summer.

Harry Hadden-Paton as Aldous Huxley, Carmen Cusack as Clare Boothe Luce & Tony Yazbeck as Cary Grant
Lincoln Center Theater postpones Flying Over Sunset until Fall 2020
March 24, 2020

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.

Harry Hadden-Paton as Aldous Huxley, Carmen Cusack as Clare Boothe Luce & Tony Yazbeck as Cary Grant
Flying Over Sunset begins performances on Broadway
March 12, 2020

UPDATE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Broadway League has ordered a month-long shutdown of all Broadway theaters and tonight's first preview of Flying Over Sunset will not be going ahead as scheduled. What a trip! Lincoln Center Theater's Broadway premiere of new musical Flying Over Sunset begins preview performances at the Vivian Beaumont Theater tonight, ahead of an official opening on April 16.

Erika Henningsen & Jeremy Kushnier
Erika Henningsen, Jeremy Kushnier & more complete Broadway cast of Flying Over Sunset
January 17, 2020

Lincoln Center Theater has now confirmed complete casting for the Broadway premiere of the upcoming new musical Flying Over Sunset. The LSD-themed tuner is scheduled to begin previews at the Vivian Beaumont Theater on March 12, 2020, ahead of an official opening on April 16.