“The Wanderer,” the life story of one of Rock N Roll’s giants, plays out on a stage in New Jersey.
Hit songs might be familiar to you, but the story of the artist who made them famous, Dion Dimucci, you might not know so well.
“There’s always someone jumping across the room,” Dimucci says. “I never thought my wasted youth would be expressed through choreography.”
Dimucci was a teen idol from the 1950s, whose doo wop sound of Dion and The Belmont’s took him off the streets of the Bronx and propelled him to international fame. Soon followed by a crash into addiction, the events unfolded in the world’s first musical, “The Wanderer.”
“There’s something beyond success, and if you don’t work on that, you’re going to be miserable if you have the money, the fun, the power, and the honor,” Dimucci says. “You will still be unhappy.”
“The Wanderer” has been in development for over a decade. It officially opens Sunday at the Paper Mill Playhouse with Mike Wartella as Dion.
“He’s the embodiment of New York strength, New York strength, Bronx strength, and he knows it,” Wartella says. “He knows it musically, he knows it as a person.”
“The Wanderer”, which is set in the Bronx over 10 years from 1958, and is a Rock and Roll story.
Steven Van Zandt, from New Jersey, of the E Street Band, is the show’s musical consultant.
‘The Wanderer’ is set to run at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn until April 24.