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Benny & Joon, With Bryce Pinkham and Hannah Elless, Releases Production Photos

Claybourne Elder also stars in the new musical at Paper Mill Playhouse.

Paper Mill Playhouse has released photos of its production of Benny & Joon, a new musical by Kirsten Guenther (book), Nolan Gasser (music), and Mindi Dickstein (lyrics), based on the 1993 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture written by Barry Berman and Leslie McNeil. Check out the photos below. The production, which began performances on April 4, will open on April 14 and run through May 5.

Paolo Montalban, Jacob Keith Watson, Colin Hanlon, Bryce Pinkham, Tatiana Wechsler, and Natalie Toro star in Benny & Joon at Paper Mill Playhouse.
(© Jerry Dalia)

The principal cast includes Claybourne Elder as Benny, Hannah Elless as Joon, Bryce Pinkham as Sam, Conor Ryan as Sam at certain performances, and Tatiana Wechsler as Ruthie, with 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. The production is directed by Jack Cummings III, with choreography by Scott Rink and music direction by J. Oconor Navarro.

Hannah Elless plays Joon, and Claybourne Elder plays Benny in Benny & Joon.
(© Matthew Murphy)

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.

Bryce Pinkham plays Sam opposite Hannah Elless as Joon in Benny & Joon.
(© Jerry Dalia)

The production features 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.

Bryce Pinkham looks to channel Buster Keaton in Benny & Joon.
(© Jerry Dalia)