DESPERATE MEASURES, Announces New Block Of Tickets On Sale

DESPERATE MEASURES, Announces New Block Of Tickets On SaleDesperate Measures, the new musical comedy gone wild with music by David Friedman (Listen To My Heart), book and lyrics by Peter Kellogg (Anna Karenina),and directed by Bill Castellino (Cagney, Marry Harry) has announced a new block of tickets, now on sale through October 28 for the open ended run.

Desperate Measures plays at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues), and 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, and Nick Wyman (Les Misérables) as Governor von Richterhenkenpflichtgetruber with Anthony Festa (Bare at New World Stages), Celia Hottenstein (The Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary National Tour) and Tom Souhrada (Kinky Boots).

Desperate Measures has received 2 Drama Desk Awards (Outstanding Music - David Friedman, Outstanding Lyrics - Peter Kellogg), 1 Outer Critics Circle Award (Best New Off Broadway Musical), and 1 Off Broadway Alliance Award: Best Musical.

The original cast recording of Desperate Measures was recently released on Masterworks 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 sleazy 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 New York Times cheers, "Wonderful...a delight...such a hoot," The Huffington Post raves, "See it before tickets become scarce! A good old-fashioned musical comedy, Desperate Measures is a happy surprise of a show filled with enjoyable songs, a talented cast. A solid example of musical comedies that once reigned supreme," and Peter Filichiaof Broadway Select applauds, "The funniest, most-tuneful, non-stop, slam-bang BEST MUSICAL of the season!"

Desperate Measures features scenic design by James Morgan (Cagney, Sweeney Todd), costume design by Nicole Wee (Closer Than Ever, Storyville), lighting design by Paul Miller (Legally Blonde, The Illusionists) and sound design by Julian Evans (Tick, Tick Boom, jon and jen). David Hancock Turner (Subways Are For Sleeping, Hallelujah Baby) serves as musical director. Casting is by Carol Hanzel (Cagney) and the production stage manager is CJ LaRoche.

Desperate Measures plays New World Stages (340 West 50th Street, between 8th & 9th Aves). Performances are Monday at 7PM, Wednesday at 7PM, Thursday at 2:00PM and 7PM, Friday at 8PM, Saturday at 2:00PM and 8PM, and Sunday at 3PM. Tickets are $59.00 - $89.00 (including a $2 facility fee). Premium seats are available. Call at 212-239-6200. For more information, please visit

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