Fight the Fight! Go Behind the Scenes of NYMF's Mother Jones, With Robin De Jesus and Lynne Wintersteller (Video) | Playbill

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News Fight the Fight! Go Behind the Scenes of NYMF's Mother Jones, With Robin De Jesus and Lynne Wintersteller (Video) The New York Musical Theatre Festival's extended engagement of Mother Jones and the Children's Crusade, a new musical inspired by the true story of the trailblazing labor organizer, began performances July 17. Watch behind-the-scenes rehearsal footage and interviews with the cast and creatives.

Featuring a book, music and lyrics by Cheryl E. Kemeny (co-founder of Crystal Theatre), Mother Jones stars Lynne Wintersteller (A Grand Night For Singing, Annie) and two-time Tony Award nominee Robin De Jesus (In the Heights, La Cage aux Folles).

Directed by Michelle Tattenbaum (Nobody Loves You) with choreography by Clare Cook and music direction by Micah Young, Mother Jones is an official selection of NYMF's Next Link Project.

Here's how the musical is billed: "Mother Jones won't quit and she won't stay quiet! It's the turn of the century and aging Mary Harris 'Mother' Jones is on a tireless crusade for justice as she leads ragged mill children on a march to end child labor. Inspiring, heartbreaking, and hopeful, this thrilling new musical following 'the most dangerous woman in America' will captivate audiences of all ages with its vibrant score blending period infused melodies with powerful contemporary anthems to deliver an uplifting message of human dignity that transcends time."

The cast also includes Frenie Acoba (Matilda), Tessa Grady (Annie), Lizzie Klemperer (A Christmas Story, The Addams Family), Lulu Lloyd, Marissa Miller (Wicked national tour), Zachary Mackiewicz (Mary Poppins), Johnny Marx, Grace Matwijec (White Christmas), Robert Mammana (Les Misérables) and Kevin Reed.

Other members of the creative team include scenic designer Scott Tedmon-Jones, costume designer Stephanie Levin, lighting designer Isabella F. Byrd and sound designer A and L Sound Partners. NYMF, Crystal Theatre and Benjamin Simpson present the musical at PTC Performance Space (555 West 42nd Street in New York) July 19 at 1 PM, July 20 at noon, July 21 at 1 PM, July 24 at 9 PM, July 25 at 5 PM and July 26 at 2 PM. For tickets, call (212) 352-3101 or visit

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