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Brookside Dr, Millburn, NJ 7041

The Wanderer

Closed April 24, 2022

If you told me as a young man that one day my journey from The Bronx to the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame would become a musical, I would not have believed you. It's only 12 miles from Belmont Avenue to Broadway. It shouldn't have taken this long!

Dion DiMucci

Why See The Wanderer?


The Life & Times Of Dion DiMucci

Following a reading at New World Stages in 2017 and at the Leonard Nimoy Theater in 2018, the hotly anticipated biographical musical about living Doo-Wop legend Dion DiMucci is set for its inaugural run at New Jersey's Papermill Playhouse. Written by New York playwright and screenwriter Charles Messina, whose works include the Off-Broadway Queen bio-musical Mercury: The Afterlife and Times of a Rock God, is destined for a Broadway stint joining an ever-growing roster of jukebox musicals on the Great White Way.

Charting Dion's stratospheric rise from the streets of the bronx to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and beyond, The Wanderer is packed to the rafters with the crooner's greatest hits, taken from throughout his illustrious career, from his early beginnings with the vocal group The Belmonts in the late 50s to solo stardom in the 60s and his Praise and Worship period up until the 80s.

What Is The Wanderer About?

Dubbed by Bruce Springsteen as 'the link between Frank Sinatra and Rock 'n Roll', Dion redefined the word cool for a whole generation. Of Italian-American descent, his father was a famous vaudeville entertainer and instilled in him a great love for music from a young age. Singing a capella with his friends on street corners, it wasn't long before the talented muso lead his vocal group to stardom with hits like 'I Wonder Why' and 'No One Knows'. Quickly become a teen heartthrob sensation, but along with the fame came tribulations in the form of drugs and excess. Not shying away from his troubled times, The Wanderer presents a passionate and nuanced portrait of one of old school pop music's greatest performers.

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Additional Information


Opening night: 24 March 2022


You may be required to have had a COVID vaccine in order to attend this performance or show proof of a negative test. Please contact the venue directly for more information on this.

Cast and Creative


Michael Wartella as Dion
Christy Altomare as Susan
Joey McIntyre as Johnny


Written by Charles Messina
Directed by Kenneth Ferrone

What you thought

4 reviews, average rating: (4.3 Stars)

4.5 star rating

Joe: “Amazing!”

This is not you're typical Juke-Box Musical. This show packs an emotional... more

Mary : “Its about more then just the songs”

The Wanderer is filled with all the Dion songs you want to hear, but also... more

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