Already closed | 2h 30m | Millburn

Benny & Joon

From 50 member  reviews
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. More…

The pair at the heart of the show are Joon, a young woman dealing with mental illness, and Benny, the big brother who’s determined to take care of her. When a charmingly eccentric stranger comes into their lives, he throws their carefully calibrated world off-kilter—maybe for the better.

2h 30m | Already closed | Paper Mill Playhouse (Millburn)

Member Reviews (50)


Entertaining, Great acting, Quirky, Delightful, Funny
Avg Score

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Also It's definitely worth the trip.


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.


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.

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

Good staging, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you've never seen the movie so don't know what the production is missing; willing to sit through many phoned-in songs for a few good ones

Don't see it if you love the movie, expect great music throughout, want a nuanced Sam. Pinkham's choice of deadpan except for impressions didn't work for me

Also We were sitting in the mezzanine and the emotions/music didn't carry t... Read more Read less

Dated, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You like Bryce Pinkham - great actor. You've never been to Papermill Playhouse - SO cute and easy to get to from NYC. You liked the movie.

Don't see it if You did not like the movie and you do not like quirky shows. It is definitely different, not a standard musical.

Masterful, Great writing, Great singing, Great acting, Enchanting

See it if You love romance and want to see a sentimental, moving work of theatre.

Don't see it if You do not want to make a trip out to New Jersey.

Also The show needs some work if it is going to move to broadway, but it is... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Romantic, Relevant, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You loved the movie and are looking to see it come alive on stage.

Don't see it if You’re looking for something that’s fluffy and doesn’t challenge your intellect.

Must see, Intense, Great acting, Great staging, Funny

See it if You enjoyed the film and enjoy theater with a deeper message, even hidden behind fun songs.

Don't see it if You are looking for a super happy musical. There is a lot of sadness in the show.

Also The actor who played Sam was incredible. I saw him in a prior show and... Read more Read less

Great cast, strong book, sweet, funny, weak music

See it if You know and love the movie, like stories that deal in a lighthearted but truthful way about mental illness.

Don't see it if You want a high-energy musical with big production numbers. This is more like a play with music. It's more play than musical.

Also I enjoyed Benny and Joon. The lead, Hannah Elless, is exquisite. A fin... Read more Read less

Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if You want something original portrayed with clever staging, outrageous acting, and great singing.

Don't see it if If you need production numbers with dancing, and splashing sets.

Also This show was staged spectacularly with simple but clever machinations... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Quirky, Great singing, Great acting, Delightful

See it if you enjoyed the movie, you should enjoy the musical. The songs were OK, but the performances are strong. Act 2 was much better than Act 1.

Don't see it if you're expecting great theater. Musical from popular movies rarely work. In this instance, this worked better than Pretty Woman.

Mixed bag, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like the film or any of the actors in it. See it for Bryce Pinkham alone

Don't see it if talks or scenes of mental illness makes you uncomfortable, want memorable music, or are not a fan of the movie to musical trend

Also Saw this May 1 (evening). It was 2hr 30min with one intermission... Read more Read less

Cute, Quirky, Clever, Great singing, Great acting

See it if interested in a cleverly told and sweet story that tackles topics of mental illness and co-dependent sibling dynamics

Don't see it if you desire a memorable score, big production numbers, high belting, or fancy sets

Also Bryce Pinkham dazzles with his many impersonations, physical comedy, a... Read more Read less

Great acting, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if This is a delightful production, cleverly staged and well acted.

Don't see it if you don’t have a heart

Quirky, Enchanting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you liked the movie

Don't see it if you didn't like the story line of the movie

Quirky, Great singing, Funny, Fluffy

See it if Enjoy the movie and would like to see if translated into a musical. Great singing by some and quirky comedy.

Don't see it if You don't like the movie and don't like movie-translated musicals #PrettyWoman.

Quirky, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Enchanting

See it if You like romantic funny musicals or are a fan of the film. A great take on mental health issues. Also get to visit Milburn and the Papermill

Don't see it if You don't have a romantic heart, or want a huge production.

Relevant, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a quality show in NJ. It’s different and it’s sweet.

Don't see it if You just want to be entertained by a big musical. There is a story here and that is the focus more that a big, entertaining production.

Also It does drag in parts so would have given higher ratings if it was 20-... Read more Read less

Slow, Disappointing

See it if you can get an inexpensive ticket. The production values and the performances are good.

Don't see it if you are fed up with well-known film titles being made into musicals.

Also This show is the perfect example of why every film should NOT be made ... Read more Read less

Enchanting, Quirky, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if You are interested in a thoughtful, well told story about people who are struggling real life challenges. A must see for Bryce Pinkham fans

Don't see it if If you have issues with challenging topics like mental illness and loss

Also I had never seen the movie so was not sure what to expect. It was a gr... Read more Read less

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 ...
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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 ...
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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 princ...
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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 g...
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