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Desperate Measures


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.

The Off-Broadway production of Desperate Measures closed October 28, 2018. For current Off-Broadway show listings and tickets, please click here.

From the producers: When the dangerously handsome Johnny Blood’s life is on the line, he must put his fate into the hands of a colorful cast of characters including a mysterious sheriff, an eccentric priest, a sleazy governor, a saloon girl gone good, and a nun out of the habit. Together, they face uncharted territory as laws are broken and hearts are won. Before the sun sets, will they be able to rise up and pull off the greatest act yet, or will Johnny be left hanging?

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.

"Desperate Measures" was previously produced at Off-Broadway's York Theatre Company in 2017. Reprising their performances from the earlier run are Lauren Molina, Conor Ryan, Gary Marachek, Peter Saide and Nick Wyman. New to the company are Sarah Parnicky, Anthony Festa, Celia Hottenstein and Tom Souhrada. Bill Castellino directs and choreographs.

What's New World Stages? New World Stages is a converted complex of movie theaters in midtown, about a block west of the Broadway theater district. Very well-apportioned, with excellent intermission bars and very comfortable seats, the theatres are relatively intimate in size.






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