Broadway Opening: FLYING OVER SUNSET (Lincoln Center Theater at the Vivian Beaumont)

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by Tony Frankel on August 2, 2021

in Theater-New York


1950s Hollywood. You are at a beautiful beach house overlooking the Pacific with Cary GrantClare Boothe Luce and Aldous Huxley… and they are on an acid trip. Together.

A scene from Flying Over Sunset

Let the buzz begin! The most stunning array of Broadway stars and creators imaginable is getting ready to fly into the Vivian Beaumont with a new musical, Flying Over Sunset, which begins performances on November 11, 2021. Tickets are on sale beginning today, August 2, for Lincoln Center Theater’s production with book and direction by James Lapine, music by Tom Kitt, lyrics by Michael Korie, and choreography by — in my humble opinion — the greatest tap-maker around, Michelle Dorrance, making her Broadway debut. Opening night is Monday, December 13.

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

This work of fiction is inspired by the lives of these three extraordinary and accomplished people — writer Aldous Huxley (played by Harry Hadden-Paton); playwright, diplomat, and congresswoman, Clare Boothe Luce (Carmen Cusack); and film legend Cary Grant (Tony Yazbeck) — each of whom in real life experimented with the drug LSD. At a crossroads in their lives in the 1950s, the three come together, and under the influence of the drug, take a trip and confront the mysteries of their lives and their world. The full cast includes Erika Henningsen, Jeremy Kushnier, Emily Pynenburg, Michele Ragusa, Robert Sella, Laura Shoop, and Atticus Ware.

Tony Yazbeck as Cary Grant

The production features scenic design by Tony winner Beowulf Boritt, costume design by three-time Tony nominee Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by two-time Tony winner Bradley King, sound design by five-time Tony nominee Dan Moses Schrier, projection design by 59 Productions, orchestrations by two-time Tony winner Michael Starobin, and music direction by Kimberly Grigsby. Casting is by Telsey + Co. The LCT production is presented in association with Jack Shear.

Robert Sella and Carmen Cusack

Tickets to FLYING OVER SUNSET are currently available at or by visiting Flying Over Sunset. A limited number of tickets priced at $32 are available at every performance through LincTix, LCT’s program for 21 to 35 year olds.  For information and to enroll, visit

photos © Joan Marcus

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