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The Broadway-bound musical about Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Dion DiMucci opened April 3.

Mike Wartella and The Cast of The Wanderer Jeremy Daniel

The world premiere of The Wanderer at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse opened April 3 with performances running through April 24.

The new Broadway-aimed musical tells the story of Rock & Roll Hall of Famer  Dion DiMucci, played by Mike Wartella (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). Dion was one of the most popular American rock n’ roll performers of his time, performing in Dion and The Belmonts, and as a solo artist. He had 30 Top 40 hits in the late ’50s and ’60s, including “Runaround Sue,” “Teenager in Love," “I Wonder Why,” “Ruby Baby,” “Abraham, Martin and John,” and “The Wanderer.”

In cooperation with DiMucci, The Wanderer is written by Charles Messina (A Room of My Own). The Wanderer is produced by Paper Mill Playhouse in association with Jill Menza and Messina.

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New Jersey Stage (Adam F. Cohen)

NJ Advance Media (Patrick Maley)

NJ Arts (Jay Lustig)

Times Square Chronicles (Suzanna Bowling)

Playbill will continue to update this list as reviews come in.

The cast also features Christy Altomare (Anastasia) as Susan, Joey McIntyre (Waitress) as Johnny, Kingsley Leggs (The Color Purple) as Willie Green, Jasmine Rogers (Becoming Nancy) as Melody Green, Jeffrey Schecter (Paper Mill’s On the Town) as Bob Schwartz, Johnny Tammaro (Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding) as Pat DiMucci, and Joli Tribuzio (A Room of My Own) as Frances DiMucci. 

The ensemble includes Joe Barbara, Mackenzie Bell, Stephen Cerf, Jordan Dobson, Josh Dunn, Billy Finn, Natalie Gallo, Miguel Jarquin-Moreland, Will Jewett, Michal Kolaczkowski, Jess LeProtto, Janayé McAlpine, Katie Pohlman, Sydney Skye, and Gabi Stapula.

Emmy nominee Kenneth Ferrone directs the production which includes choreography by Sarah O’Gleby, music direction, orchestrations, and arrangements by Sonny Paladino, scenic design by Tony winner Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Sarah Laux, lighting design by Jake DeGroot, sound design by Tony winner John Shivers, and hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe. Rick Sordelet serves as the fight director and Linda Marvel serves as the production stage manager. Casting is by The Telsey Office.

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A Look Inside The New Broadway-Bound Musical, The Wanderer


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