Paper Mill Playhouse announces principal casting for East Coast premiere of ‘Benny & Joon’

Paper Mill Playhouse has announced the cast and creative team for the upcoming East Coast premiere of the smart, funny, and tender-hearted new musical, Benny & Joon, which runs at Paper Mill Playhouse from 4 April to 5 May 2019.

Based on the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture written by Barry Berman and Leslie McNeilBenny & Joon has a book by Kirsten Guenther, music by Nolan Gasser, and lyrics by Mindi Dickstein.

Directed by Jack Cummings III, with choreography by Scott Rink and music direction by J. Oconor Navarro, the principal cast will include: Claybourne Elder as Benny, Hannah Elless as Joon, Bryce Pinkham as Sam, Conor Ryan as Sam at certain performances, and Tatiana Wechsler as Ruthie, as well as Colin Hanlon as Mike, Paolo Montalban as Larry, Natalie Toro as Dr. Cortez/Mrs. Smail, Jacob Keith Watson as Waldo/Video Store Owner and Belinda Allyn.

Based on the 1993 film starring Johnny Depp and Mary Stuart Masterson, this new musical is a smart, funny, tender-hearted celebration of love: between children and parents; romantic partners; friends; and, most of all, siblings. The pair at the heart of the show are Joon, a young woman dealing with mental illness, and Benny, the big brother who’s determined to take care of her. When a charmingly eccentric stranger comes into their lives, he throws their carefully calibrated world off-kilter—maybe for the better. Large in emotional scope and artistic ambition, Benny & Joon embraces a difficult subject with warmth, honesty, and wit.

The creative team includes: Scenic and Costume Design by Dane Laffrey, Lighting Design by R. Lee Kennedy, Sound Design by Kai Harada, Flying by Foy, Movement Coordinator Lorenzo Pisoni, and Orchestrations by Michael Starobin.

The Production Stage Manager is Victoria Navarro and Casting is by Nora Brennan, CSA.

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