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Opening Night at Benny & Joon

Opening Night at Benny & Joon

Video by Magda Katz

Paper Mill Playhouse presents the East Coast premiere of Benny & Joon with 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 Leslie McNeil. Benny & Joon began performances Thursday, April 4, 2019, and will continue through Sunday, May 5, 2019, at Paper Mill Playhouse (22 Brookside Drive, Millburn, NJ). Benny & Joon is presented by special arrangement with Larry Hirschhorn.

Bryce Pinkham, Hannah Elless Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy
Bryce Pinkham, Hannah Elless Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy
Claybourne Elder, Tatiana Wechsler Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy
Paolo Montalban, Jacob Keith Watson Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy
Natalie Toro Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy
Bryce Pinkham, Hannah Elless Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy
Paolo Montalban, Jacob Keith Watson photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy
Tatiana Wechsler, Jacob Keith Watson Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy
Bryce Pinkham Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy
Bryce Pinkham Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy
Tatiana Wechsler, Claybourne Elder, Hannah Elless, Bryce Pinkham, Natalie Toro and Jacob Keith Watson Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy
Paolo Montalban, Colin Hanlon, Tatiana Wechsler, Claybourne Elder, Hannah Elless, Bryce Pinkham, Natalie Toro and Jacob Keith Watson Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy
Bryce Pinkham, Hannah Elless, Claybourne Elder Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy
The Creative Team-Kirsten Guenther (Book), J. Oconer Navarro (Music Director), Nolan Gasser (Music), Mindi Dickstein (Lyrics), Larry Hirschhorn (Producer), Michael Stotts(Paper Mill Managing Director) and Mark S. Hoebee (Paper Mill Producing Artistic Director) Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

The show officially opened last night, April 14, and T2C was there! Directed by Jack Cummings III with choreography by Scott Rink and music direction by J. Oconer Navarro, the principal cast features 

Claybourne Elder Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Claybourne Elder (Sunday in the Park with George) as Benny

Hannah Elless Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Hannah Elless (Paper Mill’s The Other Josh Cohen) as Joon

Bryce Pinkham Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Bryce Pinkham (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder) as Sam

Conor Ryan Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Conor Ryan as Sam at certain performances, (Paper Mill’s My Very Own British Invasion) and

Tatiana Wechsler Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Tatiana Wechsler (Oklahoma) as Ruthie

Colin Hanlon Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

with Colin Hanlon (Falsettos) as Mike

Paolo Montalban Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Paolo Montalban (Paper Mill’s The King and I) as Larry

Natalie Toro (A Tale of Two Cities) as Dr. Cortez/Mrs. Smail

Jacob Keith Watson, Colin Hanlon Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Jacob Keith Watson (Carousel) as Waldo/Video Store Owner

Sam Prince and Belinda Allyn Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Belinda Allyn (Paper Mill’s West Side Story).

The production team includes scenic and costume design by Dane Laffrey, lighting design by R. Lee Kennedy, sound design by Kai Harada, Flying by Foy, movement coordinator Lorenzo Pisoni, and orchestrations by Michael Starobin. The production stage manager is Victoria Navarro. Casting by Nora Brennan, CSA.

Hannah Elless Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy
Tatiana Wechsler, Claybourne Elder Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy
Belinda Allyn,Mark S. Hoebee, Tatiana Wechsler, Jacob Keith Watson, Natalie Toro, Bryce Pinkham, Hannah Elless, Mindi Dickstein, J. Oconer Navarro, Nolan Gasser. Conor Ryan, Claybourne Elder, Paolo Montalban, Larry Hirschhorn, Michael Stotts and Kirsten Guenther Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy
 
Belinda Allyn, Tatiana Wechsler, Jacob Keith Watson, Natalie Toro, Bryce Pinkham, Hannah Elless, Mindi Dickstein, J. Oconer Navarro, Nolan Gasser. Conor Ryan, Claybourne Elder, Paolo Montalban and Kirsten Guenther Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy
Larry Hirschhorn,Mark S. Hoebee Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

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