Ben Bonnema is a Jonathan Larson Award-winning composer-lyricist whose work has been featured in Variety, Wired and the New York Times. Ben wrote book, music & lyrics to Adult Swim's PETER PANIC, a musical video game that's been played by nearly two million people (developed by James Marion). His slumber party musical, BOYS WHO TRICKED ME, was called "heart-healing musical theatre" by Joshua Barone of the New York Times, and had a three-week showcase production at the Musical Theatre Factory in midtown Manhattan (Feb 2015).
THE APPLE BOYS, a barbershop quartet musical written with Jonothon Lyons, will receive its world premiere at HERE Arts Center from Nov. 30th - Dec. 23rd, 2018 (tickets on sale here). Previously it was developed at Dixon Place and had two sold-out presentations at Ars Nova’s “One Night Stand” series. According to Alan Cumming, “The Apple Boys have managed to reinvent the barbershop form for the 21st Century. They’re hilarious, clever and, of course, sound beautiful.”
Other full-length: ONE WAY with Christopher Staskel, which had a reading at Playwrights Horizons via the Musical Theatre Factory and was developed at Goodspeed Writers Colony & Rhinebeck Writers Retreat (it was also a 2017 Yale Institute Finalist and 2018 NAMT Finalist); THE LOST GIRL with Arianna Rose (Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival). He contributed additional sound design and composition to Punchdrunk's award winning show SLEEP NO MORE and supplied additional orchestrations for Ana Gasteyer's album I'm Hip.
As Music Associate to Marc Shaiman, he worked on the Broadway shows Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the upcoming Some Like It Hot, as well as the Disney film Mary Poppins Returns, starring Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Ben holds an M.F.A. from NYU's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program and a B.A. in Music Composition from Whitworth University. He's a proud member of ASCAP, the Dramatist Guild, and Local 802.