A new bio-musical based on the life of Dion DiMucci, monoymously known as Dion is embarking on a Broadway transfer. The musical will play a pre-Broadway run at Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey in spring 2022, with a Broadway transfer to be confirmed.
Michael Wartella will play Dion DiMucci, with Christy Altomare as Susan and Joey McIntyre as Johnny. Further casting, as well as initial casting for the Broadway production is to be announced. The Wanderer is written by Charles Messna, with direction by Kenneth Ferrone.
The Wanderer dramatises the life and career of singer-songwriter Dion DiMucci. During his career, he achieved over 30 Top 40 hits as a solo artist and the lead singer of Dion and the Belmonts. A sell-out star in the 1950s, his popularity weaned in the sixties. But, his era-defining songs include "Teenager in Love", "Ruby Baby" and "I Wonder Why".