Flying Over Sunset
UPDATE: This production has been postponed until Fall 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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)
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.