HI, MY NAME IS BEN The true story of an ordinary man and his extraordinary life. From his tiny room in New York City, Bernhardt Wichmann III changed the lives of those around him without saying a word. Using just his notepad and pen, Ben turned a neighborhood of strangers into a community of friends, before finally encountering a miracle of his own. His story is one of endurance, friendship, community and, above all, asks the questions “what do we need to be truly happy?”
In January 2017, Noisemaker became the first Scottish writing team to be selected for the prestigious Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals, Connecticut. Over the two week residency, we constructed a first draft of BEN.
Following this, Noisemaker partnered with Goodspeed Musicals and Dundee Rep in an international collaboration to develop the show further. This led to a developmental reading in New York City in January 2018 and a further workshop in Dundee later that year. Noisemaker and Dundee Rep presented a unique one-off concert performance of HI, MY NAME IS BEN in a unique collaboration with acclaimed string orchestra; Scottish Ensemble.
Now, we are delighted to announce that HI MY NAME IS BEN will premiere at Goodspeed Muscials this Spring as part of their 2019 Season. The production will mark the first time a transatlantic collaboration has presented a new piece in this historic theatre and features a cast including Adam Kaplan (Newsies, A Bronx Tale) and Tony-nominee Barbara Walsh (Company, Nine, Falsettos).
HI, MY NAME IS BEN will premiere on Friday 17th May and will run until 9th June at the Norma Terris Theater in Chester.
If you would like to hear some of HI, MY NAME IS BEN then be sure to click here to listen to some of the concert performance at Dundee Rep.
For more information on our forthcoming production, please follow the links below:
Broadway World Cast Announcement
“Meet the Writers” at Dundee Rep
We are also excited to be holding a special one-off event in partnership with the American Scottish Foundation and Goodspeed in New York City on April 29th. This will feature extracts from the show and is held in the prestigious University Club on 5th Avenue. To attend please click here.