“During my LSD sessions, I would learn a great deal,” Cary Grant once said. In the late fifties and early sixties, when the drug was used as an experimental medical aid, Grant regularly took supervised acid trips at the Psychiatric Institute of Beverly Hills. (He once envisioned himself as a penis launching from Earth like a rocket ship.) “Flying Over Sunset,”体育投注网平台 a new musical by James Lapine, Tom Kitt, and Michael Korie, imagines a 1957 trip shared by Grant (Tony Yazbeck) and two other luminaries known to have dabbled in LSD—the ambassador Clare Boothe Luce (Carmen Cusack) and the author Aldous Huxley (Harry Hadden-Paton). Lapine’s production, for Lincoln Center Theatre, starts previews on March 12, at the Vivian Beaumont.
Somehow, the LSD musical isn’t the one with the singing laundry machine. That would be “Caroline, or Change,” Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori’s 2004 tale of a black maid working for a Jewish family in Louisiana during the civil-rights era. An underappreciated gem, it returns to Broadway via London’s West End, directed by Michael Longhurst and starring Sharon D Clarke. (Previews begin March 13, at Studio 54.) “Sing Street,”体育投注网平台 a musical based on the 2016 John Carney film, about a teen-age Dublin boy who starts a band in the new-wave nineteen-eighties, moves uptown after a winter run Off Broadway. Carney and Gary Clark wrote the songs, with a book by Enda Walsh and direction by Rebecca Taichman (March 26, Lyceum).
Also on Broadway, Neil Pepe directs Laurence Fishburne, Sam Rockwell, and Darren Criss in “American Buffalo,” David Mamet’s popular play from 1975, set at a junk shop (March 24, Circle in the Square). Mary-Louise Parker and David Morse return to roles they originated in 1997, in Paula Vogel’s “How I Learned to Drive,” about a woman reckoning with being sexually abused by her uncle; Mark Brokaw directs the Manhattan Theatre Club production (March 27, Samuel J. Friedman). At Second Stage, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Jesse Williams star in Richard Greenberg’s 2002 comedy “Take Me Out,” directed by Scott Ellis, in which a pro baseball player comes out as gay (April 2, Hayes). In John Benjamin Hickey’s revival of the 1968 Neil Simon comedy “Plaza Suite,” Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick play three different couples who stay in the same hotel room (March 13, Hudson).
Off Broadway premières include “The Visitor,” a musical version of the 2007 film, in which an economics professor (David Hyde Pierce) finds two undocumented immigrants (Ari’el Stachel and Alysha Deslorieux) living in his old apartment (March 24, Public). Claire Foy and Matt Smith, both late of “The Crown,” reunite in “Lungs,” Duncan Macmillan’s portrait of a couple deciding whether to bring a child into a world threatened by ecological doom (March 25, BAM’s Harvey Theatre). And Sarah Silverman turns her comedic memoir, “The Bedwetter,”体育投注网平台 into a musical, co-written by Joshua Harmon (“Bad Jews”) and Fountains of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger (April 25, Atlantic Theatre Company). ♦