Final casting has been revealed for the forthcoming new musical 42 Balloons at The Lowry theatre in Salford.
Already announced are Charlie McCullagh (Bonnie & Clyde, Dr.Zhivago) as Larry and Evelyn Hoskins (Waitress, Gypsy, Spring Awakening) as Carol, who are reprising their roles from a 2022 staged concert performance of the show in London.
The cast also includes Simon Anthony as Letterman & Cover Ron, Jordan Broatch as Ensemble & Cover Letterman, Maddison Bulleyment as The Kid, Athena Collins as Ensemble & Cover Carol’s Mom, Morgan Gregory as Ensemble, Matt Jones as Swing, Luke Latchman as Ensemble, Rebekah Lowings as Cover Carol, Jamie Pritchard as Cover Larry, Laura Dawn Pyatt as Ensemble & Dance Captain, Tinovimbanashe Sibanda as Ensemble & Assistant Dance Captain, and Natasha Wilde as Swing.
42 Balloons will play The Lowry in Salford from 18 April to 19 May 2024, and has an 80s pop-inspired score by Jack Godfrey (Babies), who also wrote the book.
Video: “Lawn Chair Larry” from 42 Balloons
The creative team includes director Ellie Coote, plus orchestrations and arrangements by Joe Beighton, choreography by Alexzandra Sarmiento, scenic design by Milla Clarke, costume design by Natalie Pryce, video design by Andrzej Goulding, lighting design by Bruno Poet, sound design by Paul Gatehouse, and music direction by Flynn Sturgeon.
The show is about truck driver Larry Walters, who with his partner Carol Van Deusen convinced their friends and family to help Larry achieve his dream of flying – using a lawn chair and approximately 42 helium-filled weather balloons!
Writer Jack Godfrey said in a statement: “I am so excited for the full production of 42 Balloons coming to the Lowry in April. It’s been about six years since I started writing the show after discovering the incredible story of Larry’s flight during a late night online deep dive, and it’s extremely cool and slightly surreal to see it being realised as a full production for the first time. I’m extremely grateful for the amazing cast and creative team bringing the show to life and I can’t wait to share 42 Balloons with everyone.”
Producer Wendy Barnes said: “It’s our passion to produce new musicals with original stories – and original scores – by emerging artists, and we can’t wait for audiences to discover 42 Balloons and fall in love with the show as much as we have. Jack’s created a beautiful musical inspired by a remarkable true story from the early 80’s and has written a pop score that stands shoulder to shoulder with some of the hits of that decade.”