42 Balloons: An Uplifting New Musical Soaring Into The Lowry in Spring 2024

Soar into an extraordinary world of dreams and determination with “42 Balloons,” an uplifting new musical set to take The Lowry by storm in Spring 2024. Inspired by the true story of Larry Walters and his incredible flight using 42 balloons and a lawn chair, this musical extravaganza combines a pop-inspired score, a stellar cast led by Charlie McCullagh and Evelyn Hoskins, and a heartwarming tale of chasing one’s dreams. From its beginnings as a song on YouTube to a highly anticipated full production, “42 Balloons” promises to captivate audiences with its unique fusion of contemporary British musical theatre and nostalgic 80s vibes.


  1. The Unbelievable True Story: Witness the incredible journey of Larry Walters, a truck driver who defied all odds and flew 16,000 feet above Los Angeles using 42 helium-filled weather balloons and a lawn chair.
  2. A Pop-Inspired Score: Get ready to groove to an irresistible 80s pop-inspired score that will have you tapping your feet and singing along.
  3. Stellar Cast: Charlie McCullagh and Evelyn Hoskins, known for their captivating performances, reprise their roles as Larry and Carol, bringing their chemistry and talent to the stage.
  4. From Concert to Full Production: After receiving rave reviews and positive feedback from the staged concert performances, the highly anticipated musical, 42 Balloons, is now set for its first full production.
  5. An Unforgettable Collaboration: Produced by award-winning producers Andy and Wendy Barnes in association with Kevin McCollum, 42 Balloons promises to be a collaborative masterpiece that combines contemporary music, witty lyrics, and a fascinating story, making it a must-see for musical theater enthusiasts.

Don’t miss the chance to be swept away on this exhilarating journey of courage, friendship, and the boundless pursuit of the impossible. Get ready to be uplifted, inspired, and enthralled as “42 Balloons” takes flight at The Lowry.