Watch Highlights From Paper Mill's Benny & Joon, Starring Claybourne Elder, Hannah Elless, and Bryce Pinkham

Video   Watch Highlights From Paper Mill's Benny & Joon, Starring Claybourne Elder, Hannah Elless, and Bryce Pinkham
 
The musical has a book by Kirsten Guenther, music by Nolan Gasser, and lyrics by Mindi Dickstein.

Paper Mill Playhouse’s East Coast premiere of the new musical Benny & Joon, starring Claybourne Elder, Hannah Elless, and Bryce Pinkham, continues through May 5 in Millburn, New Jersey.

Presented by arrangement with Larry Hirschhorn, the limited engagement officially opened April 14 following previews that began April 4. Based on the movie written by Barry Berman and Leslie McNeil, the musical 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 production features Elder (Sunday in the Park With George) as Benny, Elless (Bright Star) as Joon, and Tony nominee Pinkham (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder) as Sam.

Watch highlights above.

Also in the cast are Tatiana Wechsler (Oklahoma!) as Ruthie, Colin Hanlon (Falsettos) as Mike, Paolo Montalban (Cinderella) as Larry, Natalie Toro (A Tale of Two Cities) as Dr. Cortez/Mrs. Smail, Jacob Keith Watson (Carousel) as Waldo/Video Store Owner, and Belinda Allyn (Allegiance). Conor Ryan (Cinderella) plays the role of Sam at certain performances.

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 world off-kilter.

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