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Benny and Joon

Closed May 5, 2019

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Why See Benny and Joon?


A New Musical

Based on the 1993 movie, Benny and Joon is a brand new musical that examines love is its many different forms. Written by Kirsten Guenther, this upbeat show is centered around the eccentric cinephile Benny and Joon, a woman dealing with a mental health crisis. Claybourne Elder reprises his role as Benny, opposite Hannah Ellis as Joon, with Bryce Pinkham as enigmatic oddball Sam.

Benny and Joon premiered in San Diego in 2017 to great notices from the critics, with the Times of San Diego calling it "totally delightful". It may have a Broadway future ahead of it, so catch this Paper Mill production while you can!

What is Benny and Joon About?

This quirky love romance centers on auto-mechanic Benny, who has devoted himself to care for his mentally ill sister Joon. Into their lives come Sam, a lovably eccentric movie nerd, who delights in recreating routines from Buster Keaton pictures. Sam and Joon soon begin to form a connection, but will Benny be able to let his sister out from under his wing?

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Opening night: 4 April 2019


No one under the age of 4 is permitted in the theater

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Image by Jim Cox, taken from the Old Globe production
Video from Old Globe production

Cast and Creative


Claybourne Elder as Benny
Hannah Elless as Joon
Bryce Pinkham as Sam
Tatiana Wechsler as Ruthie
Colin Hanlon as Mike
Paolo Montalban as Larry
Natalie Toro as Dr. Cortez/Mrs. Smail
Jacob Keith Watson as Waldo/Video Store Owner
Belinda Allyn
Conor Ryan will play the role of Sam at certain performances.


Book by Kirsten Guenther
Music by Nolan Gasser
Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein
Based on the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture written by Barry Berman and Lesley McNeil
Directed by Jack Cummings III

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