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Flying Over Sunset Summary

  • Show Status: Opening Soon
  • Genre: Musical
  • Flying Over Sunset is 2 hours and 20 minurtes long, including an intermission of 15 minutes
  • 8 Shows per week
  • Previews Begin: October 2, 2020
  • Show Opens: October 23, 2020
  • Show Closes: Open ended

Three iconic people of the 1950’s take a mind altering substance, LSD, which changes their perspective of the world and the course of their lives.

Flying Over Sunset on Broadway Background

Flying Over Sunset is a revolutionary new musical that makes its debut on Broadway. The musical was written by James Lapine, who is an acclaimed American theatre director, playwright, Tony Award winner and Pulitzer Prize winner. He is most well known for writing Into the Woods and Sunday in the Park with George. This new show was inspired by the LSD (Lysergic Acid Diethylamide) parties of the 1950’s and features three of Lapine’s childhood heroes namely, Aldous Huxley, the famous writer and philosopher, Clare Boothe Luce, a radical Conversative politician and the American actor Cary Grant. All three are depicted in the show as taking the drug to enhance their thinking. The actors Harry Hadden-Paton, Carmen Cusack, and Tony Yazbeck (each Tony nominated actors) play the roles of Aldous, Clare, and Cary respectively.

The opening of this Broadway musical was delayed by the Lincoln Center Theater organization due to the rising concerns of the deadly Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic which has infected many people in the NYC area. The show's writer James Lapine was dismayed at the delay but was glad that his show did not create any new infections. Flying Over Sunset was originally scheduled to begin its in-preview performances on April 14th, 2020 and then run through June 28th, 2020, but the show was postponed until the Fall of 2020. The red carpet opening had been scheduled for April 30th, 2020. The delay, which was caused by Broadway being closed down by the New York State governor who wanted to stifle the spread of the COVID-19 virus, has affected all shows on Broadway. The announcement to postpone the show was made on Tuesday, March 24th 2020, almost two weeks after all other Broadway theatres were officially shut down and three weeks before the show was scheduled to open in previews. While the delay was unfortunate for the production, critics believe that this Broadway show was one of the lucky ones, because they were not forced to cancel the entire production.

What’s Flying Over Sunset Like?

Flying Over Sunset is a two act musical that follows three of the most influential people of the 1950’s era, while they each experience the powerful mind altering effects of the (then legal) drug commonly known as LSD. Cary Grant, Clare Boothe Luce, and Aldous Huxley take center stage in this sojourn in the mind-altered state of LSD in the early 1950s. This new musical is inspired by those mind-expanding experiences and is set in various locales in the world during the free state-of-mind of post WW2, but still innocent enough world, of the 1950’s. The show is loosely based on real life stories and shows the use of LSD by Aldous Huxley, who was an English born world-famous philosopher. Clare Boothe Luce, was an American born author, U.S. politician and the first woman to become an internationally based U.S. Ambassador. Cary Grant, was a great American actor, who is now known as one of “Hollywood's definitive leading men”. The first act shows each one of them taking the drug at the same time, but separate from one another and unaware of each other. The second act shows them all taking the drug together at a NYC dinner party. The audience watch as each of them are in their hallucinogenic state and can draw on the different, yet similar, enlightening experiences that they each experiencing. The play depicts the use of the substance, LSD, as potentially a good thing for humanity and attempts to educate people in order to legalize the drug. The show in many ways is an infomercial for all drug legalization in our time when even marijuana remains as a schedule 1 felony and users can still be subject to arrest based on where they are.

Is Flying Over Sunset Good for Kids?

This show is not for kids under the age of 17, because of the show's content matter and its promotion and use of illegal substances.

Theatre Information

Vivian Beaumont Theatre

150 West 65th Street
New York, NY 10020
Seats: 1,105
Entrance: 65th Street, between 10th and Broadway
Theatre Information

Vivian Beaumont Theatre Seating Chart

Cast Members

Clare Booth Luce
Carmen Cusack
Aldous Huxley
Harry Hadden-Paton
Carey Grant
Tony Yazbeck
Erika Henningsen
Jeremy Kushnier
Emily Pynenburg
Michele Ragusa
Robert Sella
Laura Shoop
Atticus Ware


Lincoln Center Theater

Production Credits

General Manager
Lincoln Center Theater
Production Manager
Lincoln Center Theater
Casting Director
Telsey and Company
Advertising Representative

Creative Team

Book Writer
James Lapine
Tom Kitt
Michael Korie
James Lapine
Michelle Dorrance
Beowulf Boritt
Dan Moses Schreier
Musical Director
Kimberly Grigsby