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Benny & Joon is a fun romantic comedy film turned into a new musical that premiered at the Old Globe Theater in September 2017. A new take on the beloved Barry Berman and Leslie McNeil film, Benny & Joon takes a quirky yet realistic look at mental illness and the lengths people will go to protect the ones they love. The musical makes a great leap from the film to the stage, bringing all the warmth, comedy and love to the musical that made the film such a classic.
Benny & Joon History
In 2015, Benny & Joon was placed in development as a stage musical. Based on the 1993 movie starring Johnny Depp and Mary Stuart Masterson, the Transport Group and producer Larry Hirschhorn showcased a private development presentation of Benny & Joon. The musical features a book written by Kirsten Guenther (Breaking Through); Nolan Gasser, chief musicologist of pandora.com, provides the music; Mindi Dickstein (Little Women) comes with the lyrics; and Jack Cummings III provides direction.
The full cast for the musical was announced in August 2017. The cast of Benny & Joon includes Tony Award winner Bryce Pinkham (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, Hair) as the eccentric Sam, Hannah Elless (Bright Star, Godspell, The Other Josh Cohen) as the mentally ill Joon and Andrew Samonsky (South Pacific, The Bridges of Madison County, Scandalous) as Benny, Joon's overprotective brother and caregiver. Tickets went on sale in August 2017 and Benny & Joon premiered at the Old Globe theater on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage on September 7, 2017.
Benny & Joon Live Experience
Tackling a heavy topic such as mental illness is always difficult. The Benny & Joon musical manages to keep the light-heartedness and quirkiness of the film while giving Joon's schizophrenia the respect it deserves. The evenhandedness of the comedy mixed with the serious nature of caring for those with mental illness makes Benny & Joon's transition to stage a seamless one.
Bryce Pinkham is mesmerizing as Sam and brings all the needed physicality and comedic timing needed to portray an oddball character. Hannah Elless is equally as wonderful as Joon, portraying her with the quiet determination and vulnerability the characters deserves.
Benny & Joon storyline
Benny has been caring for his mentally ill sister, Joon since their parents died in a car accident. She suffers from schizophrenia and her constant care has been hard on Benny, preventing him from truly living his life. He is alternately protective of and resentful of Joon and all the time and responsibility it takes to care for her. However, once Sam, a quirky young man who loves movies from the silent movie era, enters their life, Benny begins to question his role as Joon's protector and if he's really ready to allow her to live her life on her own terms.
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