Meet the Cast of FLYING OVER SUNSET - Now in Previews on Broadway!
Flying Over Sunset is officially in previews on Broadway! The musical, with book and direction by James Lapine, music by Tom Kitt, and lyrics by Michael Korie, and choreography by Michelle Dorrance will open Thursday, April 16.
FLYING OVER SUNSET stars Carmen Cusack, Harry Hadden-Paton, Erika Henningsen, Jeremy Kushnier, Emily Pynenburg, Michele Ragusa, Robert Sella, Laura Shoop, Atticus Ware, and Tony Yazbeck. Aria Braswell, William Colin, Danny Gardner, Kate Marilley, Tony Roach, and Michael Winther understudy various roles.
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 (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 the three come together, and under the influence of the drug, take a trip and confront the mysteries of their lives and their world.
As the cast gets ready for the start of performances, get to know the company!
LCT: South Pacific (1st National Tour). Broadway: Bright Star (Theater World Award; Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League nominations). Off-Broadway includes Call Me Madam (City Center Encores!) and Carrie (MCC). Regional includesLempicka (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Annie McDougan in First Wives Club (Chicago), Dot in Sunday in the Park with George(Chicago Shakespeare Theater) and Elphaba in Wicked (1st National Tour; also Melbourne, Australia). West End includes Fantine in Les Misérables, Rose in The Secret Garden (Royal Shakespeare Company), Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens (The Venue) and Kim in Personals (Apollo Theatre). UK tour includes Christine in The Phantom of the Opera and Eva Cassidy in Over the Rainbow. Film: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. TV: "Sorry For Your Loss" (Facebook series).
LCT: My Fair Lady (Theater World Award; Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League nominations). Regional: King George VI in David Seidler's The King's Speech (Chicago Shakespeare Theater). West End includes The Importance of Being Earnest (Ian Charleson Award nom), Flare Path and The Pride. Off-West End includes She Stoops to Conquer (National Theatre), Posh (Royal Court), The Changeling (Young Vic) and The Prince of Homburg (Donmar Warehouse). Film: Downton Abbey, The Little Stranger, About Time, The Hollow Crown, The Deep Blue Sea, In the Loop, La Vie en Rose. TV includes Bertie Pelham on "Downton Abbey," Martin Charteris on "The Crown," Gaston de Foix on "Versailles" and Hans von Enke on "Wallander."
Erika Henningsen (Ann/Judith)
LCT debut. Broadway: Original Cady Heron in Mean Girls (Outer Critics Circle nomination), Fantine in Les Miserables. Concert: Kim Ravenal in Show Boat (Avery Fisher Hall, with the NY Philharmonic). Additional theater credits include Beth in Diner(world premiere, Signature Theatre); Nina in Dear World (York Theatre); and Nellie Forbush in South Pacific, Sophie in Mamma Mia! (Pittsburgh CLO). Education: University of Michigan. IG: @erikahenningsen
Jeremy Kushnier (Dr. Harris/Father)
LCT debut. Broadway: Head Over Heels, Ren in Footloose, Roger in Rent, AJ Golden in Paramour, Tommy DeVito in Jersey Boys. Off-Broadway: Atomic (Drama Desk nomination). TV: "Nurse Jackie," "The Good Wife," "Person of Interest." @jeremykushnier. www.jeremykushnier.com.
Emily Pynenburg (Rosalia/Sophia)
LCT debut. Broadway: Cats, Gigi. Additional theater: The Merry Widow (Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera); A Chorus Line (Rose Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing, Oklahoma!,Thoroughly Modern Millie, Curtains, Jesus Christ Superstar (Boston Conservatory). Concert: The Boston Pops Gershwin Spectacular (Symphony Hall). Education: BFA, Boston Conservatory.
Michele Ragusa (Austin/Handmaiden)
LCT debut. Broadway: Elizabeth in Young Frankenstein, Pennywise in Urinetown, Evelyn Nesbit in Ragtime, Titanic, Mona in A Class Act, The Novice in Cyrano. Off-Broadway: Adrift In Macao (Barrymore Award; Lortel, Drama League nominations; Primary Stages); Titanic 20th Anniversary Concert (Lincoln Center); Craving for Travel (Playwrights Horizons). Regional: Gypsy; Grand Hotel; The Boy From Oz; Bullets Over Broadway; Mame; Hello, Dolly; Lend Me A Tenor; Annie; Boeing, Boeing; Thoroughly Modern Millie; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; TheKing and I; Spamalot; Sweeney Todd; Singin' in the Rain;Into The Woods; Kiss Me, Kate; The Drowsy Chaperone; Company; Mary Poppins; Guys and Dolls; The Full Monty. Film/TV: "Happyish"; "Law and Order SVU"; Heart of Spider (NYU Film).
Robert Sella (Gerald Heard)
LCT: Verité (LCT3). Broadway: Sylvia, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Sideman, Cabaret, My Fair Lady (also National Tour). First National Tour: Angels in America. Off-Broadway: 1776, Music in the Air (City Center Encores!); The Mystery of Irma Vep; Stuff Happens, Kit Marlowe (The Public); Five by Tenn (MTC); Boys and Girls, The Water Children (Playwrights Horizons); Home of the Brave (Jewish Rep). London: The Lady from Dubuque(Theatre Royal Haymarket). Regional includes Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Hartford Stage, Alley Theatre, McCarter, Long Wharf and Kennedy Center. Film: 1985 (short), Manchester by the Sea, Slippery Slope, Sleepy Hollow, The Astronauts Wife. TV includes "New Amsterdam," "Deception," "Mindhunter," "Mr. Robot," "Limitless," "Blue Bloods," "The Good Wife," "Gossip Girl," "Law & Order" and "Law & Order: SVU."
Laura Shoop (Maria Huxley)
LCT: Bernarda Alba. Broadway: She Loves Me, Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma!. Additional New York theater: The Tempest, Into the Woods (The Public); Show Boat (with the New York Philharmonic); Jerry Springer: The Opera (Carnegie Hall). National Tour: Thoroughly Modern Millie. Regional includes The Bridges of Madison County (Williamston Theatre Festival); The Rocky Horror Show (Old Globe); Cabaret, Run for Your Wife(Engeman Theater); Carousel (Paper Mill); La Cage Aux Folles (Surflight); and Lady in the Dark (Prince Music Theater). Film: Project Pay Day, Viper Club, Equity. TV includes "The Blacklist," "Chicago Fire," "Prodigal Son," "Blindspot," "Ray Donovan," "Dietland," "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," "The Family," "The Sound of Music: Live!" and "Guiding Light." Education: The Juilliard School.
LCT debut. Theater includes Oliver!, The Grapes of Wrath (Theatre Charlotte), Lion King Jr., Will Rogers Follies, Scrooge, Seussical, James and the Giant Peach, Junie B. Jones: The Musical (Matthews Playhouse); Gypsy, Evita (CPCC Theatre); Tarzan (Children's Theatre of Charlotte). and Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker (Charlotte Ballet).
LCT debut. Broadway: Prince of Broadway (Chita Rivera Award; Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations), On The Town (Astaire Award; Tony, OCC, Drama League noms.), Finding Neverland,Chicago, Irving Berlin's WhiteChristmas, Gypsy (with Patti LuPone; OCC nom), A Chorus Line, Never Gonna Dance, Oklahoma!, Gypsy (with Tyne Daly). Off-Broadway: The Cradle Will Rock (CSC), The Beast in the Jungle (Vineyard). Concerts include performances with John Wilson (Royal Albert Hall), Michael Tilson Thomas (San Francisco Symphony), The NY Pops (Carnegie Hall); Crazy For You, The Scarlet Pimpernel (David Geffen Hall); and Both Feet Off The Ground(solo show). Solo Album: The Floor Above Me. Film: Every Little Step. TV includes "Billions," "Smash" and The Bernstein Centennial Celebration at Tanglewood (PBS). Upcoming: The Civil War: A House Still Divided (NY directorial debut; David Geffen Hall, Feb. 2021).
Aria Braswell (Understudy)
LCT debut.Regional Theater: Oklahoma! (Pittsburgh CLO); The Little Mermaid, Oliver!, Cabaret, Jesus Christ Superstar (Clinton Area Showboat Theater); Grease, The Man Who Came to Dinner (Wagon Wheel). Education: BFA, Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music.
William Colin (Understudy)
LCT debut. National tour: Randy and Tap Specialist in A Christmas Story. Regional/local credits include Dwarf #4 in Snow White and the Prince and Tommy in Matilda. Theater education: DanceWorks, King Voice Studio (New Albany, IN). Instagram: @williamthomascolin
Danny Gardner (Understudy)
LCT debut. Broadway: Dames At Sea. Additional New York Theater includes Lady, Be Good! (City Center Encores!); The New York Spectacular (Radio City); The Decline and Fall of the Entire World as Seen Through the Eyes of Cole Porter (York Theatre); Time Step (New Victory Theater) Neurosis (DR2); Room 17B (Drama Desk nomination). National Tours: White Christmas, 42nd Street, Here to Stay: The Gershwin Experience. Regional includes Signature Theatre, Goodspeed, Marriott Lincolnshire, Asolo Rep., Theatre Under The Stars, Kansas City Rep., Cape Playhouse and Engeman Theater.Education: BFA, Ithaca College.
Kate Marilley (Understudy)
LCT: My Fair Lady (Mrs. Pearce u/s). Broadway: The Prom (Dee Dee Allen u/s). National Tour: Billy Elliot (Mum u/s). Regional credits include Paper Mill; Goodspeed; Long Wharf; Denver Center; Pioneer Theatre Company; Lola in Damn Yankees, Judy Haynes in White Christmas, Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street, Kathy Selden in Singin' in the Rain (Musical Theatre West). Education: BFA, Carnegie Mellon. www.katemarilley.com
Tony Roach (Understudy)
LCT: My Fair Lady. Broadway: Bright Star. Additional New York theater: The Liar (CSC), She Stoops to Conquer (TACT), The Men (Primary Stages). Regional: Affiliated Artist at the Shakespeare Theatre Company (DC), several productions including 3 David Ives world premieres; Goodspeed; Hartford Stage; Cleveland Play House; Dorset Theatre; George Street Playhouse; A.R.T.; Kitchen Theatre. Film: Walk the Line. TV: "Elementary," "The Affair," "Succession," "The Blacklist."
Michael Winther (Understudy)
LCT: Hapgood. Broadway: Fun Home (also The Public), 33 Variations, Mamma Mia!, The Crucible, 1776, Damn Yankees, Artist Descending a Staircase. Off-Broadway:Light Falls (John Jay/Brian Greene), The Laramie Project Cycle (BAM/Harvey Theater), Merrily We Roll Along (City Center Encores!), Songs From An Unmade Bed (Drama Desk nomination, NYTW), Radiant Baby (The Pubic). Regional includes Ahmanson/CTG, Old Globe, Goodspeed, Guthrie, La Jolla, Yale Rep., McCarter, Baltimore Centerstage, Perseverance and Berkeley Rep. Film/TV: The Avengers, Jumper, The Break-Up, Independence Day,"Hunters," "Light Falls," "The Blacklist," "Boardwalk Empire." Education: Williams College.
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