Peter Filichia, James Marino and Michael Portantiere talk with Robin De Jesús. We also talk about International Thespian Festival in Nebraska, Holler If Ya Hear Me, Tick Tick Boom, 54 Sings 1776, Meeting Our Heroes (NYMF Event), West Village Musical Theatre Festival and a revisit to Rocky.
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PETER FILICHIA is a theater journalist and historian with a number of books, with Strippers, Showgirls and Sharks being his most recent. His columns appear at MTI, Kritzerland, Masterworks Broadway and many other places.
MICHAEL PORTANTIERE is a theater reviewer and essayist, whose work appears at TalkinBroadway, The Sondheim Review and BroadwayStars. He is also a photographer whose work can be seen at FollowSpotPhoto.com and many other places on the internet.
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Guest: Robin De Jesús
The New York Musical Theatre Festival
Crystal Theatre and Benjamin Simpson
MOTHER JONES AND THE CHILDREN’S CRUSADE
STARRING LYNNE WINTERSTELLER AND ROBIN DE JESÚS
Book, Music and Lyrics by CHERYL E. KEMENY
July 17 to 24
Thursday, July 17 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, July 19 at 1:00 PM
Sunday, July 20 at 12:00 PM
Monday, July 21 at 1:00 PM
Thursday, July 24 at 9:00 PM
The New York Musical Theatre Festival, Crystal Theatre and Benjamin Simpson will present MOTHER JONES AND THE CHILDREN’S CRUSADE – the dramatic new musical inspired by the true story of the trailblazing labor organizer – from July 17 to 24, 2014. The show has book, music and lyrics by Cheryl E. Kemeny (co-founder of Crystal Theatre) and stars Lynne Wintersteller (A Grand Night For Singing and Annie on Broadway) and Robin De Jesús (two time Tony Award nominee). MOTHER JONES AND THE CHILDREN’S CRUSADE is directed by Michelle Tattenbaum (Nobody Loves You at The Old Globe and Second Stage), choreographed by Clare Cook with music direction by Micah Young (Best Music Director, NYMF 2013). The show is an Official Selection of the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival’s Next Link Project.
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 MOTHER JONES AND THE CHILDREN’S CRUSADE cast 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 Miserables) and Kevin Reed.
The show features Scenic Design by Scott Tedmon-Jones, Costume Design by Stephanie Levin, Lighting Design by Isabella F. Byrd and Sound Design by A and L Sound Partners.
All performances will be at PTC Performance Space (555 West 42nd Street in New York). Thursday, July 17 at 8:00 PM; Saturday, July 19 at 1:00 PM; Sunday, July 20 at 12:00 PM; Monday, July 21 at 1:00 PM and Thursday, July 24 at 9:00 PM. Tickets, which are $25, are available now for NYMF Members and Patrons and will be on sale to the general public beginning June 16. They can be purchased online at www.NYMF.org or by calling (212) 352-3101. For more information, please visit www.NYMF.org.
ROBIN DE JESUS (Jack Dorsey) Broadway: In the Heights (Tony nomination, Drama Desk Award), La Cage aux Folles (Tony, Drama Desk nominations), Rent. Select Off-Broadway and regional: Domesticated (Lincoln Center), Grease and Godspell (Papermill), In the Heights, Barrow Group, Shakespeare Theatre Company, MUNY, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Select film: Camp, Hairbrained, Gun Hill Road, Elliot Loves, Bert and Arnie’s Guide to Friendship, Fat Girls. Select TV: Law & Order: SVU, How to Make It in America. Tweet and Instagram @RobinOfJesus
PF: International Thespian Festival in Nebraska. Upcoming star: Alex Stone
MP + JM: Holler If Ya Hear Me
MP: 54 Sings 1776
The Lion @ Manhattan Theatre Club closes today. Future productions?
MP + PF: The 2014 Jimmy Awards
Ryan Hugh Mackey, producer.
Demo music from Mother Jones and the Children’s Crusade provided by the production.
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