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Meet the Cast of Benny & Joon: Hannah Elless is the Perfect Joon

Meet the Cast of Benny & Joon: Hannah Elless is the Perfect Joon

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).

Hannah Elless Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Hannah Elless is a Michigan-native best known for her portrayal of Margo Crawford in the Broadway musical Bright Star, a role she originated in productions of the play at both the Old Globe and Kennedy Center. She made her Broadway debut in a show called Godspell. Elles has worked on her own album as a singer and songwriter. She is a multi-instrumentalist as well who can play the mandolin, ukulele, accordion, dulcimer, piano, harmonica, drums, guitar, banjo and autoharp.

Hannah Elless 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. 

Bryce Pinkham, Hannah Elless 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 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

Hannah Elless Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy
Bryce Pinkham, Hannah Elless Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy
Bryce Pinkham, Hannah Elless Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy
Hannah Elless Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy
Hannah Elless Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy
Hannah Elless Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy
Hannah Elless, Claybourne Elder Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy
Hannah Elless, Claybourne Elder Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy
Bryce Pinkham, Hannah Elless Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy
Hannah Elless, Bryce Pinkham 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 and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Currently she has a screenplay in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She was the Broadway Informer on the all access cable TV Show “The New Yorkers,” soon to be “The Tourist Channel.” email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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