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In Conversation with CHARLIE McCULLAGH and EVELYN HOSKINS discussing 42 Balloons coming to The Lowry


On World Theatre Day, we chatted to the two main actors in the new musical, 42 Balloons. ManchesterTheatres' Karen Ryder enjoyed her conversation with Charlie McCullagh (who is playing Larry) and Evelyn Hoskins (who is playing Carol). The new production is coming to The Lowry in Salford from April 18th to May 19th 2024.

A world premiere from the award-winning producers of SIX…

Starring Evelyn Hoskins (Waitress, Gypsy, Spring Awakening) and Charlie McCullagh (Bonnie & Clyde, Jesus Christ Superstar). Be the first to see this incredible new musical before it takes flight…

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?

42 Balloons has book, music and lyrics by Jack Godfrey whose other works include This is a Love Story (Dundee Rep, Birmingham Hippodrome) and Babies (Lyric Theatre, West End).

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.


Karen Ryder asks the questions.


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