Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

Photo Coverage: DESPERATE MEASURES Celebrates Opening Night Off-Broadway!

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 certain...you will come out smiling.

The show celebrated its opening night this week and the stars turned out to join the party. Lea Salonga, Karen Ziemba, George Salazar, Lesli Margherita, Jason Tam all made appearances at the big night. Check out photos below!

For more information visit www.DesperateMeasuresMusical.com.

Photos by Genevieve Rafter-Keddy

Photo Coverage: DESPERATE MEASURES Celebrates Opening Night Off-Broadway!
Lesli Margherita, Max Crumm and Jen Cody

Photo Coverage: DESPERATE MEASURES Celebrates Opening Night Off-Broadway!
Lesli Margherita, Max Crumm and Jen Cody

Photo Coverage: DESPERATE MEASURES Celebrates Opening Night Off-Broadway!
Lesli Margherita

Photo Coverage: DESPERATE MEASURES Celebrates Opening Night Off-Broadway!
George Salazar

Photo Coverage: DESPERATE MEASURES Celebrates Opening Night Off-Broadway!
Eddie McGinty

Photo Coverage: DESPERATE MEASURES Celebrates Opening Night Off-Broadway!
Eddie McGinty and Jen Cody

Photo Coverage: DESPERATE MEASURES Celebrates Opening Night Off-Broadway!
Gary Marachek, Conor Ryan, Lauren Molina, Nick Wyman, Sarah Parnicky and Peter Saide

Photo Coverage: DESPERATE MEASURES Celebrates Opening Night Off-Broadway!
Gary Marachek, Conor Ryan, Lauren Molina, Nick Wyman, Sarah Parnicky and Peter Saide

Photo Coverage: DESPERATE MEASURES Celebrates Opening Night Off-Broadway!
Anthony Festa, Gary Marachek, David Hancock Turner, Pat Addiss, Conor Ryan, Lauren Molina, Nick Wyman, Sarah Parnicky, Bill Castellino, Peter Saide, Peter Kellogg, David Friedman and Celia Hottenstein

Photo Coverage: DESPERATE MEASURES Celebrates Opening Night Off-Broadway!
Peter Kellogg (Book and Lyrics), Bill Castellino (Director and Choreographer) and David Friedman (Music)

Photo Coverage: DESPERATE MEASURES Celebrates Opening Night Off-Broadway!
Peter Saide

Photo Coverage: DESPERATE MEASURES Celebrates Opening Night Off-Broadway!
Peter Saide

Photo Coverage: DESPERATE MEASURES Celebrates Opening Night Off-Broadway!
Gary Marachek

Photo Coverage: DESPERATE MEASURES Celebrates Opening Night Off-Broadway!
Gary Marachek

Photo Coverage: DESPERATE MEASURES Celebrates Opening Night Off-Broadway!
Nick Wyman

Photo Coverage: DESPERATE MEASURES Celebrates Opening Night Off-Broadway!
Nick Wyman

Photo Coverage: DESPERATE MEASURES Celebrates Opening Night Off-Broadway!
Sarah Parnicky

Photo Coverage: DESPERATE MEASURES Celebrates Opening Night Off-Broadway!
Sarah Parnicky

Photo Coverage: DESPERATE MEASURES Celebrates Opening Night Off-Broadway!
Lauren Molina and Sarah Parnicky

Photo Coverage: DESPERATE MEASURES Celebrates Opening Night Off-Broadway!
Lauren Molina and Sarah Parnicky

Photo Coverage: DESPERATE MEASURES Celebrates Opening Night Off-Broadway!
Lauren Molina

Photo Coverage: DESPERATE MEASURES Celebrates Opening Night Off-Broadway!
Lauren Molina

Photo Coverage: DESPERATE MEASURES Celebrates Opening Night Off-Broadway!
Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley

Photo Coverage: DESPERATE MEASURES Celebrates Opening Night Off-Broadway!
Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley

Photo Coverage: DESPERATE MEASURES Celebrates Opening Night Off-Broadway!
Conor Ryan

Photo Coverage: DESPERATE MEASURES Celebrates Opening Night Off-Broadway!
Conor Ryan

Photo Coverage: DESPERATE MEASURES Celebrates Opening Night Off-Broadway!
Celia Hottenstein

Photo Coverage: DESPERATE MEASURES Celebrates Opening Night Off-Broadway!
Celia Hottenstein

Photo Coverage: DESPERATE MEASURES Celebrates Opening Night Off-Broadway!
Anthony Festa

Photo Coverage: DESPERATE MEASURES Celebrates Opening Night Off-Broadway!
Anthony Festa

Photo Coverage: DESPERATE MEASURES Celebrates Opening Night Off-Broadway!
David Hancock Turner (Musical Director and Orchestrations)

Photo Coverage: DESPERATE MEASURES Celebrates Opening Night Off-Broadway!
David Hancock Turner and Mary Cossette

Photo Coverage: DESPERATE MEASURES Celebrates Opening Night Off-Broadway!
Willette Klausner, Pat Addiss and Mary Cossette

Photo Coverage: DESPERATE MEASURES Celebrates Opening Night Off-Broadway!
Willette Klausner, Pat Addiss, Ken Denison and Mary Cossette

Photo Coverage: DESPERATE MEASURES Celebrates Opening Night Off-Broadway!
Lauren Molina and her mom

Photo Coverage: DESPERATE MEASURES Celebrates Opening Night Off-Broadway!
Rob Morrison and Lauren Molina

Photo Coverage: DESPERATE MEASURES Celebrates Opening Night Off-Broadway!
Lauren Molina and Karen Ziemba

Photo Coverage: DESPERATE MEASURES Celebrates Opening Night Off-Broadway!
Lauren Molina and Karen Ziemba

Photo Coverage: DESPERATE MEASURES Celebrates Opening Night Off-Broadway!
Lauren Molina and Karen Ziemba

Photo Coverage: DESPERATE MEASURES Celebrates Opening Night Off-Broadway!
Willard Scott

Photo Coverage: DESPERATE MEASURES Celebrates Opening Night Off-Broadway!
Peter Saide and Lea Salonga

Photo Coverage: DESPERATE MEASURES Celebrates Opening Night Off-Broadway!
Peter Saide and Lea Salonga

Photo Coverage: DESPERATE MEASURES Celebrates Opening Night Off-Broadway!
Nick Wyman and Cris Groenendaal

Photo Coverage: DESPERATE MEASURES Celebrates Opening Night Off-Broadway!
Nick Wyman and Cris Groenendaal


BroadwayWorld Shop
Shop BroadwayWorld

Shop this season's new musicals! Get dressed up for a night at the theatre, or just a night at home, with merch from some of Broadway's biggest hits including SOME LIKE IT HOT, KIMBERLY AKIMBO, and more!

Start Shopping



Related Stories
Jackie Burns, Ashley Pérez Flanagan & More to Star in COWBOY BOB Photo
The Alley Theatre has announced the cast and creative team of Cowboy Bob. See who is starring in the production, how to purchase tickets, and more!

Photos: Get a First Look Inside Rehearsals for CAMELOT Photo
Get a first look inside rehearsals for Lerner & Loewe's Camelot at Lincoln Center Theater, featuring Andrew Burnap, Phillipa Soo, Jordan Donica and more.

VIDEO: Watch Rachel Zegler, Zachary Levi & Helen Mirren in the SHAZAM! Trailer Photo
The trailer for “Shazam! Fury of the Gods” has been released, featuring Rachel Zegler, Helen Mirren, and Zachary Levi. The film also stars Lucy Liu, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Adam Brody, Ross Butler, Meagan Good, D.J. Cotrona, Grace Caroline Currey, Faithe Herman, Ian Chen, Jovan Armand, Djimon Hounsou, and more. Watch the new video now!

THE PIANO LESSON on Broadway to be Filmed Tonight Photo
The Broadway revival of August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson will be filmed for the Lincoln Center Theatre on Film and Tape Archives. See how to purchase tickets to The Piano Lesson, and more!


From This Author - Genevieve Rafter Keddy


Photos: DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS Opens at The John W. Engeman TheaterPhotos: DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS Opens at The John W. Engeman Theater
January 22, 2023

The John W. Engeman Theater's production of DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS opened on Saturday, January 21st and BroadwayWorld was there for the festivities. Performances run through Sunday, March 5, 2023.

Photos: Go Inside ROCKIN' AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE with NY POPS and Ingrid MichaelsonPhotos: Go Inside ROCKIN' AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE with NY POPS and Ingrid Michaelson
December 17, 2022

On Friday, December 16, Judith Clurman's Essential Voices USA joined Ingrid Michaelson and the Pops for Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree, a night of classic carols and modern favorites from the holiday season. Check out our photos here!

Photos: Mark William Returns to The Green Room 42 in TECHNICOLOR DREAMSPhotos: Mark William Returns to The Green Room 42 in TECHNICOLOR DREAMS
December 11, 2022

Mark William returned to The Green Room 42 on Saturday, December 10th at 7 pm with a new show titled TECHNICOLOR DREAMS. Check out our photos here!

Photos: THE AMERICAN THEATRE AS SEEN BY HIRSCHFELD Book and Exhibition LaunchPhotos: THE AMERICAN THEATRE AS SEEN BY HIRSCHFELD Book and Exhibition Launch
December 7, 2022

On December 6, there was a celebration of The American Theatre As Seen By Hirschfeld, the title of both the new book and the inaugural exhibition at The Museum of Broadway. The Al Hirschfeld foundation hosted a cocktail reception celebrating the new book at The Algonquin before offering a private tour of the new exhibition at the museum. Check out photos here!

Photos: Drama League President Bonnie Comley Hosts Holiday Mixer With Gabriel Stelian-Shanks and Bevin RossPhotos: Drama League President Bonnie Comley Hosts Holiday Mixer With Gabriel Stelian-Shanks and Bevin Ross
December 6, 2022

Bonnie Comley, who is starting her second of a four-year term as President of the Board of Directors, hosted a Holiday Mixer with Executive Director Bevin Ross, Artistic Director Gabriel Stelian-Shanks, board members, Directors Project alumni, and invited guests.