New West End musical 42 Balloons is heading to the Vaudeville Theatre in November, for three concert performances.
Written by Jack Godfrey with dramaturgy by Ellie Coote, the concert production is from the producers of Six The Musical and The Choir of Man, and will run on 14, 21, and 28 November 2022 at the Vaudeville.
42 Balloons tells the true story of Larry Walters and Carol Van Deusen, who, in July 1982, constructed an aircraft using a lawn-chair and approximately 42 weather balloons and launched Larry 16,000 feet into the sky above Los Angeles. It is a story about lifelong dreams, and doing whatever it takes to achieve them.
The concert will star Jordan Broatch, Madeline Charlemagne, Eloise Davies, Evelyn Hoskins, Melissa Jacques, Lemuel Knights, Garry Lee, Charlie McCullagh, Laura Dawn Pyatt, Travis Ross, Dillon Scott-Lewis, and Amelia Walker.
Directed by Ellie Coote, 42 Balloons has choreography by Alexzandra Sarmiento, orchestrations and musical supervision by Joe Beighton, sound design by Paul Gatehouse, scenic and costume design by Libby Todd, musical direction by Flynn Sturgeon and casting by Pearson Casting.
Producers Andy and Wendy Barnes of Global Musicals said: “It is always a nerve-wracking moment when you put a brand-new musical in front of an audience for the first time, but 42 Balloons is one of the most exciting new musicals we have ever add the pleasure to develop and produce. It’s an inspiring story about real people that offers an insight into how far someone will go to achieve their ambitions and what happens if it’s not what you expected it to be, and Jack’s original music takes you right back to the 80’s when the show is set.”
The concerts are also produced by Kevin McCollum from Alchemation.