World Premiere Production at Paper Mill Playhouse

Paper Mill Playhouse is pleased to announce that Michael Wartella (Wicked) will star as Dion alongside Christy Altomare (Anastasia) as Dion’s wife Susan and Joey McIntyre (New Kids on the Block; Waitress) as Dion’s right hand man Johnny in the world premiere of The Wanderera new musical based on the life of Rock n’ Roll Hall-of-Famer Dion DiMucci. Further casting to be announced at a later date.

The show will begin performances at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse on May 28, 2020 and play through June 28.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 973.376.4343, at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at www.papermill.org.

The Wanderer is written by Charles Messina (A Room of My Own) and directed by Kenneth Ferrone (Cruel Intentions National Tour, “Rent on Fox”). It is produced by Paper Mill Playhouse in association with Jill Menza and Charles Messina.

Dion. One name set the standard of cool for a generation. But how does a kid from The Bronx make it to the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame? In The Wanderer, the incredible musical journey of a troubled young man turned teenage heartthrob (and, ultimately, Rock n’ Roll icon) is told in intimate and no-holds-barred detail. Dion’s music helped define a generation of Rock n’ Rollers. His lifelong battle with addiction shed a stark light on the darker side of fame and success. This musical takes both subjects head on, set to the iconic sound of an incomparable era in American music, and celebrates the triumph of the human spirit against all odds. The Wanderer is the riveting true story of Dion, New York’s rebel king, the man Bruce Springsteen calls “the link between Frank Sinatra and Rock n’ Roll.”

Dion is an American singer and songwriting icon whose work has incorporated elements of Doo-Wop, Rock, and R&B throughout his career. Both as lead singer of Dion and the Belmonts and then as a solo artist, he was one of the most popular American Rock n’ Roll performers of his time. 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,” among many more. Dion was inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.

Season tickets to Paper Mill Playhouse’s 2019-2020 season are now available at www.papermill.org.

PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE 2019-2020 WEEKEND CHILDREN’S THEATER SERIES

PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE 2019-2020 WEEKEND CHILDREN’S THEATER SERIES

A MORE PERFECT UNION

Sat., October 26, 2019 at 10:00 am

Pushcart Players

Ages 5 & up

The story of “A More Perfect Union” begins in Boston, 1773 and ends at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, 1787. The play covers the critical and tempestuous time in our nation’s history in which revolution, war, and a failed attempt at self-governing finally led to the writing of the U.S. Constitution and the birth of our country as we know it today.

           

LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD EARNS HER WHISTLE

Sat., November 30, 2019 at 10:00 am

ArtsPower National Touring Theatre

Ages 4 & up

Little Blue Engine dreams of someday leaving the train yard to pull the big cars on the main line track. But can she convince Big Silver that she is worthy of being a main line engine? ArtsPower’s dynamic, song-filled adventure portrays Watty Piper’s timeless tale about hard work, determination, and loyalty.

 

THE MONSTER WHO ATE MY PEAS

Sun., December 01, 2019 at 10:00 am

ArtsPower National Touring Theatre

Ages 4 & up

The funny and poignant story of a young boy who doesn’t want to eat his peas. When a crafty monster appears underneath his kitchen table, the boy is ready to make a deal with the monster. But, when the monster raises the stakes, will the boy refuse the monster and make the difficult decision to face his own fears? Children and adults alike will be entertained and engaged by this wonderfully written tale about the value of will power.

DOG MAN: THE MUSICAL

Sat., December 07, 2019 at 10:00 am

TheaterWorksUSA

Ages 6 & up

Dog Man: The Musical is a hilarious new production based on the worldwide bestselling series from Dav Pilkey, the creator of Captain Underpants. Best buds George and Harold have been creating comics for years, but now that they’re in 5th grade, they figure it’s time to level up and write a musical based on their favorite character, Dog Man, the crime-biting sensation who is part dog, part man, and ALL HERO!!

AUTISM FRIENDLY PERFORMANCE

Sun., December 08, 2019 at 10:00 am

TheaterWorksUSA

Ages 6 & up

Dog Man: The Musical is a hilarious new production based on the worldwide bestselling series from Dav Pilkey, the creator of Captain Underpants. Best buds George and Harold have been creating comics for years, but now that they’re in 5th grade, they figure it’s time to level up and write a musical based on their favorite character, Dog Man, the crime-biting sensation who is part dog, part man, and ALL HERO!!             

MEET YOUR SEAT OPEN HOUSE: Friday, December 06, 2018 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

An Autism-Friendly Performance planned in cooperation with the Paper Mill Autism Advisory Team.

DRAGONS LOVE TACOS

Sat., December 14, 2019 at 10:00 am

TheaterWorksUSA

Ages 5 & up

A collection of stories including based on popular books including “Dragons Love Tacos”, “Interrupting Chicken”, “The Dot”, “Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride”, and “Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa School Day”.

 

PETER PAN

Sun., December 15, 2019 at 10:00 am

TheaterWorksUSA

Ages 3 & up

TheaterWorksUSA’s production of Peter Pan was originally developed for London’s Royal Shakespeare Company. In the spirit of the original tale, this production tells the story through the eyes of six children living in Edwardian England. Together, they transform the Darling family’s nursery into Neverland, turning pillows into clouds, long-johns into shadows, an ironing board into a ship’s plank, and antique snowshoes into a crocodile’s snapping jaws. This enchanting production celebrates childhood and captures the magic of the imagination.

 

THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS: LOST IN THE SOLAR SYSTEM

Sat., April 18, 2020 at 10:00 am

TheaterWorksUSA

Ages 5 & up

When the class gets lost on the way to the planetarium, Ms. Frizzle saves the day by blasting into outer space for an epic interplanetary field trip!  But when rivalries both old and new threaten to tear the students apart, our young heroes must learn to pull together or risk getting forever lost in the solar system. Hop on the Magic School Bus for a ride in this new musical adaptation based on the original book series published by Scholastic.

 

CLICK CLACK MOO

Sun., April 19, 2020 at 10:00 am

TheaterWorksUSA

Ages 5 & up

When his granddaughter Jenny comes for a visit, Farmer Brown declared the farm a “tech-free zone.” Tell that to the shivering cows in the barn who use her computer to type messages requesting blankets in this hilariously “mooooo-ving” new musical!

 

ROSIE REVERE ENGINEER

Sat., April 25, 2020 at 10:00 am

Sun., April 26, 2020 at 10:00 am

TheaterWorksUSA

Ages 5 & up

A fun new musical based on the books Rosie Revere, Engineer, Iggy Peck, Architect and Ada twist Scientist by Andrea Beaty which spotlights the STEM curriculum (focusing on science, technology, engineering and math).

 

CHARLOTTE’S WEB

Sat., June 13, 2020 at 10:00 am

TheaterWorksUSA

Ages 4 & up

Based on E.B. White’s loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte explores true meaning of friendship.

FRIENDLY PERFORMANCE

Sun., June 14, 2020 at 10:00 am

TheaterWorksUSA

Ages 4 & up

Based on E.B. White’s loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte explores true meaning of friendship.

MEET YOUR SEAT OPEN HOUSE: Friday, June 12, 2020 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

An Autism-Friendly Performance planned in cooperation with the Paper Mill Autism Advisory Team.   

THE POUT POUT FISH

Sat., June 20, 2020 at 10:00 am

TheaterWorksUSA

Ages 3 & up

Turn the poutiest of frowns upside down in this new musical featuring whimsical puppets and live performers in a sweeping oceanic adventure. When Mr. Fish sets out on a quest to find Miss Clam’s missing pearl, he discovers there is more to him than his permanently plastered pout.