Desperate Measures, Off- Broadway’s Award- Winning Hit from last season, is a bawdy delight at New World Stages’ opening.
June 14, 2018: David Friedman and Peter Kellogg’s Desperate Measure, a riotous new musical that was a favorite of fans and critics, alike, when it debuted at the York Theatre last June is back for an open- ended run at New World Stages, 340 West 50th Street, where the musical opened last night.
Desperate Measures 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?
The musical features Gary Marachek (Eleanor) as Father Morse, Lauren Molina (Rock of Ages) as Bella Rose, Sarah Parnicky (Show Boat at Houston Grand Opera) as Susanna/Sister Mary Jo, Conor Ryan (“Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert”) as Johnny Blood, Peter Saide (Skin Tight) as Sheriff Green, Nick Wyman (Les Misérables) as Governor von Richterhenkenpflichtgetruber along with Anthony Festa (Bare at New World Stages), Celia Hottenstein (The Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary National Tour) and Tom Souhrada (Kinky Boots).
Photography: Maryann Lopinto