The Old Globe's World Premiere Musical 'Benny & Joon' Announces Cast - NBC 7 San Diego

The Old Globe's World Premiere Musical 'Benny & Joon' Announces Cast

The musical, based on the beloved 1993 offbeat romantic comedy, will open the Globe's 2017-2018 season on Sept. 7.

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    The Old Globe's World Premiere Musical 'Benny & Joon' Announces Cast
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    From left: Andrew Samonsky (“South Pacific,” “Scandalous”), Hannah Elless ("Bright Star" at The Globe and on Broadway), Bryce Pinkham ("A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder", "Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn").

    Two stars linked to Old Globe-born Broadway shows join the theater's upcoming world-premiere musical "Benny & Joon." 

    The musical, based on the beloved 1993 offbeat romantic comedy, will open the Globe's 2017-2018 season on Sept. 7. 

    Tony Award-nominated Bryce Pinkham will take on the role of Sam. Pinkham recently took center stage in "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder," a musical first born at The Old Globe. 

    Hannah Elless, seen at The Old Globe and on Broadway in Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's "Bright Star," will star as Joon. 

    Elless and Pinkham are joined by Andrew Samonsky (“South Pacific,” “Scandalous”), who plays Benny. 

    The musical, with a book by Kirsten Guenther ("Breaking Through"), music by Nolan Gasser and lyrics by Mindi Dickstein ("Little Women"), follows auto mechanic Benny (his sister's sole caretaker) and his eclectic sister Joon.

    The cast is rounded out by Colin Hanlon (“Falsettos,” “In Transit”) as Mike, Paolo Montalban (“Allegiance” at The Old Globe) as Larry, January LaVoy (“Enron”, “Coraline”) as Ruthie, and Jason SweetTooth Williams (“Disney’s Freaky Friday” at La Jolla Playhouse) as Waldo and Video Store Owner, Natalie Toro (“A Tale of Two Cities,” “Les Misérables”) as Dr. Cruz and Mrs. Smail.

    To learn more about the musical, click here

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