Benninghofen had a rather big year amid a distinguished career on Twin Cities stages. He is a meticulous physical performer, which he showed beautifully as Joxer Daly in Joe Dowling’s production of “Juno and the Paycock” at the Guthrie. Last fall, he took on his first professional musical performance in the title role of Theater Latte Da’s staging of “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” He not only survived this auspicious singing debut, he hit it out of the park. He will reprise that role in early 2017 at the Pantages Theatre. Benninghofen always makes himself known with his energy and charismatic presence.