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 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
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 & Clyde, Road Show, Venice and Sunday in the Park with George.
He was a series regular, Pete O’Malley, on the WB’s The Carrie Diaries.[
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.
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.
Benny and Joon starts previews April 4th and opens April 14th at the Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive, Milburn NJ