Why See Benny and Joon?
The world was first introduced to the story of Benny and Joon in the classic 1993 movie, which starred a never better Johnny Depp. Now the Old Globe presents the world premiere of the musical adaptation, written by Kirsten Guenther, and boasting a score by Nolan Gasser and Mindi Dickstein. The cast is led by Tony nominee Bryce Pinkham (A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder), Hannah Elless (Bright Star) and Andrew Samonsky (South Pacific)
This quirky love romance centers on auto-mechanic Benny (Samonsky), who has devoted himself to care for his mentally ill sister Joon (Elless). Into their lives come Sam (Pinkham), a lovably eccentric cinephile, who delights in recreating routines from Buston Keaton movies. Sam and Joon soon begin to form a connection, but will Benny be able to let his sister out from under his wing?
Opening night: 7 September 2017
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Cast and Creative
Bryce Pinkham as Sam
Hannah Elless as Joon
Andrew Samonsky as Benny
Colin Hanlon as Mike
January LaVoy as Ruthie
Paolo Montalban as Larry
Natalie Toro as Dr. Cruz and Mrs. Smail
Jason SweetTooth Williams as Waldo and Video Store Owner.
Katie Whalley Banville
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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