First full production of new musical ’42 BALLOONS’ to premiere at The Lowry, Salford in Spring 2024! 🎈

Award winning producers Andy and Wendy Barnes from Global Musicals (SIX, The Choir of Man, Pieces of String, LIFT) and Kevin McCollum from Alchemation (In The Heights, Avenue Q, Rent, Mrs Doubtfire) have announced the first full production of new musical, 42 BALLOONS, which will premiere at The Lowry, Salford from 18 April to 19 May 2024.

42 BALLOONS has book, music and lyrics by Jack Godfrey, whose other works include This is a Love Story (Dundee Rep) and Babies (YMT:UK).

The production will star Charlie McCullagh (Bonnie & Clyde, Dr.Zhivago) and Evelyn Hoskins (Waitress, Gypsy, Spring Awakening) reprising their roles as ‘Larry’ and ‘Carol’ from the 2022 staged concert performances in the West End.

Further casting will be announced later in the year.



2nd of July 1982.

Using a lawn chair and approximately 42 helium-filled weather balloons, truck driver Larry Walters defied all the odds (and FAA airspace regulations!) to make his lifelong dream a reality and fly sixteen thousand feet above Los Angeles.

No, seriously.    In a chair.

42 BALLOONS is an uplifting musical inspired by the highly improbable true story of how Larry, and his partner Carol Van Deusen, convinced their friends and family to help Larry achieve his dream of flying.

Featuring an irresistible, 80s pop-inspired score, 42 BALLOONS questions how far you would go to make your dreams come true. Is the sky actually the limit, and what happens if it doesn’t all go to plan?


Charlie McCullagh, Evelyn Hoskins – Josh Bird for Global Musicals. Photographed during the 2022 workshop production

42 BALLOONS has been in development since 2020 with Perfect Pitch – an entity dedicated exclusively to creating, developing and promoting new contemporary British musicals.

Ellie Coote will direct the production with orchestrations & arrangements by Joe Beighton, choreography by Alexzandra Sarmiento, casting by Pearson Casting CDG and music direction by Flynn Sturgeon.

42 BALLOONS is produced by Andy & Wendy Barnes for Global Musicals & Kevin McCollum in association with The Lowry, Debbie Hicks, Sam Levy, S&Co and Kenny Wax.

Additional creative team and casting will be announced in due course.

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