Flying Over Sunset

Flying Over Sunset has now closed.

Flying Over Sunset started performances at Lincoln Center Theater's Vivian Beaumont Theater on November 11. 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 Flying Over Sunset musical, which 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. The Flying Over Sunset Broadway cast Harry Hadden-Paton, Carmen Cusack and Tony Yazbeck.

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)

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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.

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 Emily Pynenburg, Michele Ragusa, Robert Sella, Laura Shoop, Atticus Ware, Aria Braswell, William Colin, Danny Gardner, Kate Marilley, Tony Roach and Michael Winther
Other info:
Orchestrations by Michael Starobin, Music Direction by Kimberly Grigsby, and Projections by Jeff Sugg
Flying Over Sunset Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
November 11, 2021
Opening date: 
December 13, 2021
Booking to: 
January 16, 2022
January 16, 2022
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Vivian Beaumont Theater - Lincoln Center Theater

50 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023
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'Flying Over Sunset' to end Broadway run on Jan. 16
January 5, 2022

Flying Over Sunset is coming down from its high. The new musical will end its limited run at Lincoln Center Theater's Vivian Beaumont Theater on January 16, three weeks earlier than the originally scheduled closing date of February 6. Flying Over Sunset was first scheduled to premiere in spring 2020, but the run was rescheduled for 2021 due to the pandemic. After beginning performances on November 11, 2021 and opening on December 13, the show will have played 28 preview performances and 35 regular performances at the time of closing.

Our Flying Over Sunset Review

What were they on when they cleared this show for take-off? That cloudy thought pops up regularly during Flying Over Sunset, the movie-star handsome but exasperating Lincoln Center musical that imagines celebrated writer Aldous Huxley, actor Cary Grant, and author Clare Boothe Luce uniting to drop acid together in the 1950s. Sure, it’s original, but that goes just so far. Waiting for an... Read more