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Meet the Cast of Benny & Joon: Claybourne Elder Takes On The Role of Benny

Meet the Cast of Benny & Joon: Claybourne Elder Takes On The Role of Benny

Back in 2016 I fell in love with the adorable and winning Benny & Joon, book by Kirsten Guenther (Little Miss Fix-it), music by Nolan Gasser (Pandora) and lyrics by Mindi Dickstein (Little Women on Broadway).

Claybourne Elder Photo By Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Claybourne Elder actor, singer, and writer who is best known for his work on television and on Broadway. He received rave reviews[ and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award[ for Outstanding Leading Actor in A Play for originating the role of “Ollie Olson” in One Arm directed by Moisés Kaufman. He was nominated for a 2015 Lucille Lortel Award[ for Outstanding Leading Actor in a Musical for Allegro at Classic Stage.[ He originated the roles of “Buck Barrow” in Bonnie & Clyde,[ “Hollis Bessemer” in Stephen Sondheim’s Road Show and “Michael Victor” in Venice

Hannah Elless, Claybourne Elder Photo By Genevieve Rafter Keddy

He played the Soldier/Alex and understudied Jake Gyllenhaal in the Broadway revival of Sunday in the Park with George, and can be heard on the cast recordings of Bonnie & ClydeRoad Show, Venice and Sunday in the Park with George.

Hannah Elless, Claybourne Elder Photo By Genevieve Rafter Keddy

He was a series regular, Pete O’Malley, on the WB’s The Carrie Diaries.[

Hannah Elless, Claybourne Elder Photo By Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Benny & Joon is based on the MGM movie Benny (Claybourne Elder) has taken care of his psychologically troubled sister Joon (Hannah Elless) since their parents died over a decade ago. Benny now in his early 30s, and Joon in her early 20s, but, ten years on, not much has changed. A mechanic with his own garage, Benny feels he is a master at managing the life they’ve ended up with. But when they take in a strange young man named Sam (Bryce Pinkham), who is like a modern Buster Keaton, everything changes. 

Hannah Elless, Claybourne Elder Photo By Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Jack Cummings III directs. The cast also includes Conor Ryan (Sam at certain performances), Belinda Allyn, Colin Hanlon, Tatiana Wechsler, Paulo Montalban, Jacob Keith Watson and Natalie Toro. 

Hannah Elless, Claybourne Elder Photo By Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Benny and Joon starts previews April 4th and opens April 14th at the Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive, Milburn NJ

Claybourne Elder Photo By Genevieve Rafter Keddy
Claybourne Elder Photo By Genevieve Rafter Keddy
Claybourne Elder Photo By Genevieve Rafter Keddy
Hannah Elless, Claybourne Elder Photo By Genevieve Rafter Keddy
Hannah Elless, Claybourne Elder Photo By Genevieve Rafter Keddy
Hannah Elless, Claybourne Elder Photo By Genevieve Rafter Keddy
Hannah Elless, Claybourne Elder Photo By Genevieve Rafter Keddy
Hannah Elless, Claybourne Elder Photo By Genevieve Rafter Keddy

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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