Lauren Molina in Desperate Measures

Cast set for Desperate Measures at New World Stages

Desperate Measures begins performances at New World Stages on May 30, 2018.

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

Casting has now been announced for Desperate Measures, directed and choreographed by Bill Castellino, which transfers to New World Stages following a celebrated 2017 run at York Theatre Company. Previews begin at New World Stages on May 30, 2018, before an official opening on June 13 and an open-ended engagement.

Reprising their respective roles will be Lauren Molina (as Bella Rose), Conor Ryan (as Johnny Blood), Gary Marachek (as Father Morse), Peter Saide (as Sheriff Green), and Nick Wyman (as Governor von Richterhenkenpflichtgetruber), alongside new addition to the cast Sarah Parnicky (as Susanna/Sister Mary Jo).

Desperate Measures features a book & lyrics by Peter Kellogg and music by David Friedman.

Synopsis: "Desperate Measures is a hilarious new musical that tells the tale of Johnny Blood, a handsome young man whose life is in danger over a saloon brawl. Set in the early 1890's, Johnny must put his fate into the hands of a colorful cast of characters including a wily sheriff, an eccentric priest, a authoritarian governor, a saloon girl gone good, and a nun out of the habit- as they all struggle to decide Johnny's fate. Laws are broken and hearts are won as they try to find justice in a world that often doesn't seem just. Sound familiar? Inspired by Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, the musical is a joyful, madcap comedy that also manages to ponder the nature of justice. Will the good guys pull off the greatest caper yet, or will Johnny be left hanging? One thing is will come out smiling."

The creative team behind Desperate Measures features musical direction by David Hancock Turner, scenic design by Jim Morgan, costume design by Nicole Wee, lighting design by Paul Miller and sound design by Julian Evans.

Desperate Measures is produced at New World Stages by Pat Flicker Addiss and Mary Cossette.

Desperate Measures Tickets are available now for performances from May 30 through to September 9, 2018.

(Photo by Carol Rosegg)

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