Desperate Measures

Desperate Measures

Following its Fall 2017 run at the York Theatre Company, Desperate Measures - a Wild, Wild West musical comedy inspired by Shakespeare's Measure for Measure - transfers to New World Stages.

Performances are staged at Stage 4 within the New World Stages complex.

(Photos by Carol Rosegg)

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Running time: 
2hrs 10mins (including 1 intermission)
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About Desperate Measures:

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.

Music by David Friedman, with Book & Lyrics by Peter Kellogg
Pat Flicker Addiss and Mary Cossette
Bill Castellino
Paul Miller
Julian Evans
Jim Morgan
Nicole Wee
Cast list:
Lauren Molina (as Bella Rose), Conor Ryan (as Johnny Blood), Gary Marachek (as Father Morse), Peter Saide (as Sheriff Green), Nick Wyman (as Governor von Richterhenkenpflichtgetruber), and Sarah Parnicky (as Susanna/Sister Mary Jo)
Other info:
Musical Direction by David Hancock Turner
Desperate Measures Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
May 30, 2018
Opening date: 
June 13, 2018
October 28, 2018

Performance schedules for all shows are subject to change.

New World Stages

340 West 50th Street (Between 8th and 9th Avenue), New York, NY 10019
Nearest subway station:
50th Street Station

Our Desperate Measures Review

Desperate Measures relies on cliche and spoof to carry the evening. That said, this show has enough feel-good reserve that, by the time it wraps up, the audience is clapping to the band’s hoedown rhythms as the cast takes curtain calls. Everyone exits feeling good and wondering just where those great “broke-in” cowboy boots are stored.