It’s 1957. You are at a beautiful beach house overlooking the Pacific. You’re there with Cary Grant, Clare Boothe Luce and Aldous Huxley and they are on an acid trip. Together. That is the bold premise of the new musical, FLYING OVER SUNSET, written and directed by James Lapine, premiering at the Beaumont this spring.
Keep in mind that the drug was legal then and was suggested, or prescribed by doctors, as a tool for enhancing self-awareness and healthy psychological exploration. It is a known fact that these three extraordinary people did experiment, individually, with LSD on multiple occasions. It is only in Lapine’s brilliant imagination, though, that the three shared an LSD trip. At least as far as we know. They were all in and around LA in the 1950s... Who’s to say it never happened?
FLYING OVER SUNSET delves into their private desires, hopes, sadness and secrets. It is about revelation and ultimately, connection. The portraits created are thoughtful, touching, intelligent and achingly human.
Our good friend, James Lapine, is best known for his groundbreaking musical theater collaborations with Stephen Sondheim (Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, Passion) and with William Finn (Falsettos, A New Brain). In addition, he wrote and directed two plays for LCT, Twelve Dreams and Act One (adapted from Moss Hart’s memoir).
The gorgeous score for FLYING OVER SUNSET is written by Tom Kitt (Next to Normal, If/Then, High Fidelity, Head Over Heels) and Michael Korie (Grey Gardens, War Paint, Far From Heaven and Happiness at LCT). Michelle Dorrance, the world-renowned dancer, choreographer and teacher will make her theatrical debut as the show’s choreographer.
Leading the company for FLYING OVER SUNSET:
Clare Boothe Luce, author, screenwriter, US ambassador, Congresswoman and social woman-about-town will be played by the wonderful Carmen Cusack (Bright Star, and Nellie Forbush in the national tour of our production of South Pacific).
Aldous Huxley, the author (Brave New World), screenwriter and great mid-century intellectual, will be played by Harry Hadden-Paton who was our very own, very marvelous Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady.
The debonair movie star Cary Grant, will be played by the astonishing actor and dancer Tony Yazbeck (On the Town, Finding Neverland, Prince of Broadway).
Additional casting to be announced.