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York Theatre Company presents Desperate Measures


Desperate Measures

The York Theatre Company, in association with Cecilia Lin and Hu Guo, presents the New York premiere of Desperate Measures, directed and choreographed by Bill Castellino, which begins previews at Saint Peter's Church on September 19, 2017, before an official opening on October 1 and a limited engagement through to October 15, 2017.

James Morgan, York Producing Artistic Director, released the following statement:

"The York Theatre is delighted to announce its first Mainstage production of the 2017-18 Season, Desperate Measures. We have gotten to know and love it over the last year, having hosted it in two presentations -- and we couldn't be more excited. It's the perfect season opener: smart, tuneful, funny, and extremely touching. We hope you will joins us for this hilarious new musical comedy!"
Desperate Measures features a book & lyrics by Peter Kellogg and music by David Friedman.

Synopsis: "In 1890, in a territory out West, Johnny Blood, a hot-tempered young cowboy is sentenced to hang for killing a man in a bar fight. His sister, a novice nun in a nearby mission, is persuaded to plead with a corrupt governor to spare her brother's life. The governor promises to pardon Johnny if his sister, the Sister, will 'do his bidding' for the night. Adding to the humorous complications are a hard-bitten sheriff, a voluptuous saloon girl and a priest who reads Nietzsche. Desperate Measures is a foot-stompin', knee-slappin' new musical with a nod to Shakespeare's Measure for Measure."

The musical director for the production will be David Hancock Turner, with additional creative team members and casting to be announced at a later date.

- by Tom Millward

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