Johnny Depp

A sibling bond and a comic spirit drive Old Globe's 'Benny & Joon'

A sibling bond and a comic spirit drive Old Globe's 'Benny & Joon'

There's a lot more to the movie-turned-musical "Benny & Joon" than those character names can convey, from a focus on the broader meaning of family to a frank consideration of mental illness.

Actually, there are more key characters than those character names convey - including one who just about drives the whole story.

His name is Sam, and in the original 1993 "Benny & Joon" movie he was played by  Johnny Depp.

Dropping into the lives of the whip-smart but psychologically fragile Juniper (aka "Joon") and her devoted brother Benny, Sam manages to pry open the pair's insular little world in ways both salutary and potentially...

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