Benny & Joon
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Benny & Joon
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Benny & Joon NJ Reviews and Tickets

79%
(50 Reviews)
Positive
82%
Mixed
14%
Negative
4%
Members say
Entertaining, Great acting, Quirky, Delightful, Funny

About the Show

Based on the 1993 film starring Johnny Depp, this new musical is offers a comic and tender-hearted celebration of love: between children and parents; romantic partners; friends; and most of all, siblings.

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Member Reviews (50)

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878 Reviews | 218 Followers
78
Refreshing, Resonant, Entertaining, Enchanting, Ambitious

See it if If you like a nice brother and sister relationship show that is entertaining and warm.

Don't see it if If your not into serious musicals with a serious subject matter.

372 Reviews | 43 Followers
79
Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if like small musicals with focusing on characters that are quirky. a small show that would do well in an off-Broadway space

Don't see it if need big production numbers then this is not for you. music is nice but not memorable

330 Reviews | 96 Followers
82
Charming, Quirky, Great acting, Enchanting

See it if Ok, I was prepare to be disappointed. But this show won me over completely. The music and lyrics are uneven and mostly forgettable. But this

Don't see it if cast was spectacular. Bryce Pinkham and Hannah Elless both shine. Bryce in particular gives one of my favorite performances in a while. Read more

302 Reviews | 96 Followers
85
Fluffy, Clever, Funny

See it if You’re a fan of the movie. Bryce Pinkham is the perfect Sam

Don't see it if You want serious theatre. This is a fun, light show full of great physical humor.

302 Reviews | 39 Followers
78
Potential

See it if Raw material with so much possibility...needs to be further developed and songs reworked. Bryce,

Don't see it if Not currently a classic, or even a hit.

289 Reviews | 60 Followers
86
Poignant, Resonant, Intelligent, Delightful

See it if you want 2 c a very sweet, moving musical about a brother/sister relationship & the importance of family in caring & protecting each other.

Don't see it if you don't like serious musicals that touch on mental illness told through the eyes of the brother/sister relationship & the sacrifices made.

195 Reviews | 40 Followers
57
Quirky

See it if you would like to see this film turned into a musical, or you would like to see a star turn from Bryce Pinkham.

Don't see it if you need a stronger book, score and direction from this show that can't help wandering off. The show's strongest moments involved Pinkham.

131 Reviews | 77 Followers
83
Great singing, Entertaining, Romantic, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if You can find a production! If you like musicals with heart, this is one that shouldn't be missed. Hope the cast is as fine as this one was!

Don't see it if You are turned off by characters with disabilities & don't think that you'll enjoy the subject matter in a musical, however wrong it may be

Critic Reviews (17)

Theatermania
April 17th, 2019

"A sweet and innocuous musical...With only the safest explorations of its darker undertow...Sam remains the primary appeal...All you want is another peek at Sam's colorful inner life, dispensed by Pinkham in addictively entertaining spurts...It's when things flip back to traditional musical mode that ‘Benny & Joon’ loses its eccentric luster...Most of those unadorned moments unfortunately fall to Benny and his love interest...A dreary complement to the main event.”
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BroadwayWorld
April 15th, 2019

"his new musical enjoys outstanding direction by Jack Cummings III, clever choreography by Scott Rink, and top music direction by J. Oconer Navarro with orchestrations by Michael Starobin. The show's marvelous cast brings the honest, touching, and entertaining story to life...The musical numbers are a great fit for the story and the vocal performances couldn't be better."
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Lighting & Sound America
April 16th, 2019

“’Benny and Joon’ isn't overly concerned with reality -- Most...problems were built into the source material, the 1993 film -- but musicalizing it accentuates them...’Benny and Joon’ has its offhand, off-the-cuff charms, but it is saddled with a too-sunny attitude about mental illness and a principal character who is spun out of pure celluloid. Even fairy tales need a kernel of truth if they are to be believed; this one has a prince who, despite a fine performance, tries too hard to be charming.”
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Talkin' Broadway
April 18th, 2019

"Transcends expected limitations and serves as the basis for a highly styled, richly inventive, sad and funny fantasy which employs classic silent movie pantomime to create a magical world of its own...Bryce Pinkham's award-caliber Sam is the heart and soul of this production. He gracefully and gently coaxes all of the humor out of the comic routines which he performs without ever sacrificing the integrity of his characterization."
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Theater Pizzazz
April 16th, 2019

"This is a lovable, witty, spry musical with an incredible cast...Pinkham gives a deliciously physical, marvelous performance with astounding grace, sincerity and warmth. It’s truly Pinkham’s show...A gifted, mesmerizing performance...The production’s music...is delightful. It completely captures the whimsy and the serious-mindedness of the film. The lyrics are mostly rhyming couplets but it works...Cummings III keeps things moving at a sprightly pace...Highly enjoyable.”
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CurtainUp
April 27th, 2019

"Except for a few minor additions and alternations, the book by Kirsten Guenther is respectful of its source. Audiences unfamiliar with the film will need time to adjust to the collaborators' deliberately soft-peddle approach to the material. Thanks to a delightfully quirky performance by Bryce Pinkham, the musical achieves most of its goal as an affecting oddity...The always affable score adds appreciably to the romance set in motion by the needs of two scarred and scared people."
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Front Mezz Junkies
April 15th, 2019

“The musical adaptation of the movie has found the way to cook up the flavor and the temperature that this fairytale-like story needs, taking the innocent wonder of the film, even though it and this musical has somewhat of an overly simplistic look at mental disorders and family dynamics, and turned it into a one-man pantomime...Bryce just can’t be outdone or ignored...Even when the show gives little time for his gorgeous voice, the performance dazzles.”
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Broadway Blog
April 18th, 2019

"The result: Boring and Jejune...This musical treatment, directed by Jack Cummings III, misfires on all cylinders. Those unfamiliar with the film will most likely be left scratching their heads wondering why there is so little dramatic tension. An even bigger question that looms: What is the point of all this singing when few of the songs move the story forward?...Somehow, Elless manages to rise about the material...Pinkham’s Sam is also a delight."
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