Inspired by Shakespeare's "Measure for Measure," a new musical set in 1890 about a novice nun and her effort to free her cowboy brother from a death sentence.
From the producers: In 1890, in a lawless territory out west, Johnny Blood, a hot-tempered young cowboy, finds himself 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 hilarious complications are a hard-bitten sheriff, a voluptuous saloon girl and a priest who reads Nietzsche.
Author Peter Kellogg wrote the lyrics and the book for the 1992 production of the Broadway musical "Anna Karenina," for which he received two 1993 Tony Award nominations. Kellogg also received The New York Musical Theatre Festival 2006 award for Excellence in Musical Theatre Writing (Book) for "Desperate Measures." David Friedman is the composer of 4 musicals with Kellogg and has written songs for such artists as Diana Ross, Barry Manilow, Petula Clark, Nancy LaMott, Alison Krauss, Laura Branigan, Jason Alexander and others. His Oratorio, "King Island Christmas," won a Frederick Loewe Award and Dramatists Guild Award.
The cast of "Desparate Measures" includes Emma Degerstedt, Gary Marachek, Lauren Molina, Conor Ryan, Peter Saide, and Nick Wyman. Bill Castellino ("Marry Harry," "Cagney") directs.
What's the York Theatre Company? Founded in 1969, this Off-Broadway company based within St. Peter's Church on Lexington and 54th Street has focused on the development of new musicals. More here.