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Desperate Measures - 2006 - New York Tickets, News, Info & More

Based on Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare

Johnny Blood, a hotheaded young cowboy, is sentenced to hang for killing a man in a bar fight. When his sister, Susanna, a novice nun in a nearby Franciscan mission, pleads for his life, the Governor offers to pardon Johnny — if Susanna will sleep with him. What to do? The sheriff suggests Susanna say yes and then, under cover of darkness, switch places with one of the saloon girls. What happens next makes for a desperate mix of comedy, suspense and romance, in this Western musical loosely based on Shakespeare's Measure for Measure.

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by A.A. Cristi - Sep 6, 2022
Rehearsals have been in full swing for York Theatre Company's encore engagement of Cheek to Cheek: Irving Berlin in Hollywood in anticipation of the start of performances a week from tonight.  Here's a look at the company before they head to the theatre! See first look photos of the company!
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Sep 23, 2022
The York Theatre Company, in association with Riki Kane Larimer, presents an encore limited return engagement of the hit Off-Broadway musical Cheek to Cheek: Irving Berlin in Hollywood, a song and dance celebration featuring the music and lyrics of the legendary Irving Berlin which premiered last Fall. Go inside opening night in the photos here!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 19, 2022
The York Theatre Company is presenting an encore limited return engagement of the hit Off-Broadway musical Cheek to Cheek: Irving Berlin in Hollywood, a song and dance celebration featuring the music and lyrics of the legendary Irving Berlin which premiered last Fall. Get a first look at photos here!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 19, 2022
The York Theatre Company will present a limited engagement of Love Online, a cabaret conceived and scripted by Diane Love, featuring songs from Broadway to Country. Love Online has two performances on Wednesday October 19 and November 2. All performances are at 7PM with doors opening at 6PM at the Laurie Beechman Theatre.
by Stephi Wild - Sep 16, 2022
Playwrights Horizons has announced costume designer Nicole Wee as the new Director of Playwrights Horizons Theater School. Wee, who has been a faculty member since 2019 and a member of the Faculty Leadership Committee, and has served as Interim Director since May 2022, will oversee all academic and artistic activities at the School.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 15, 2022
Playwrights Horizons has announced costume designer Nicole Wee as the new Director of Playwrights Horizons Theater School.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 14, 2022
The Public Theater has announced complete casting for the world premiere of PLAYS FOR THE PLAGUE YEAR, written by and featuring Pulitzer Prize winner and Public Theater Writer-in-Residence Suzan-Lori Parks and directed by Bessie Award winner Niegel Smith. 
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 13, 2022
The York Theatre Company's Cheek to Cheek: Irving Berlin in Hollywood is set to begin performances Tuesday, September 13, 2022, at 7:30PM for a limited engagement through Sunday afternoon, October 16 at 2:30PM.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 12, 2022
The York Theatre Company will honor Tony Award-winning musical theater icon Leslie Uggams (Hallelujah, Baby!, Anything Goes, Thoroughly Modern Millie) with the 2022 Oscar Hammerstein Award for Outstanding Achievement in Musical Theater and Ted Chapin with The York Theatre Company Founders’ Award at the 30th Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala.
by Marissa Tomeo - May 7, 2022
Bill Castellino directs and choreographs. Cast members include Almeria Campbell, Victoria Casillo, Daniela Delahuerta, Matthew Liu, Jesse Manocherian, Sarah Nandola, Pearl Rhein, Noah Ruebeck, Hansel Tan, and Miles Whittaker. Twenty-five performances will be staged from April 23 – May 22, 2022, at Nancy Manocherian's the cell theatre, 338 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 11201.
by Nicole Rosky - May 5, 2022
The Off Broadway Alliance, an organization of Off-Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents, and marketing professionals, has announced the nominees for the 11th Annual Off-Broadway Alliance Awards, honoring commercial and not-for-profit productions that opened Off Broadway during the 2021-2022 season. 
by A.A. Cristi - May 5, 2022
CCAE Theatricals and the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, will host a private industry reading of Bottle Shock! The Musical on Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15, 2022.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 24, 2022
The Off Broadway Alliance, an organization of Off-Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents, and marketing professionals, today announced the winners of the 11th Annual Off-Broadway Alliance Awards, honoring commercial and not-for-profit productions that opened Off Broadway during the 2021-2022 season.
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 19, 2022
59E59 Theaters is presenting Goldie, Max & Milk by Karen Hartman, part of the inaugural VOLT Festival at 59E59. Presented by Mary J. Davis & MBL Productions, and directed by Jackson Gay (Transfers), Goldie, Max & Milk began previews May 1, 2022, in Theater C and opened May 8 for a run through June 4, 2022.
by Stephi Wild - Mar 9, 2022
Broadway Records announced today the release of 16 Stories, a collection of 16 previously unrecorded songs written by award-winning musical theatre creators from around the world and recorded by The Australian Discovery Orchestra.
by Marissa Tomeo - Mar 4, 2022
The York Theatre Company will present the world premiere of Penelope, or How the Odyssey Was Really Written, a new musical comedy with book & lyrics by Peter Kellogg (York’s  Desperate Measures), and music by Stephen Weiner (The Rivals), directed and choreographed by Emily Maltby (York’s Lolita, My Love), with music direction and orchestrations by David Hancock Turner.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 29, 2022
59E59 Theaters has announced the complete casts & creative teams for the inaugural VOLT Festival at 59E59. New Golden Age begins previews on April 28, 2022, in Theater B and opens May 11 for a run through June 9, 2022. Goldie, Max & Milk begins previews May 1, 2022, in Theater C and opens May 8 for a run through June 4, 2022.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 28, 2022
 Nancy Manocherian’s the cell theatre and Nightclub Cantata LLC, by special arrangement with Concord Theatricals, have announced the cast of Elizabeth Swados’ 1977 breakout sensation Nightclub Cantata, a provocative, eclectic and heralded theatrical creation rarely seen since its inception decades ago.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 23, 2022
The York Theatre Company, out of an abundance of caution and safety due to a recent COVID outbreak, has POSTPONED performances of the world premiere presentation of Penelope, or How the Odyssey Was Really Written.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 22, 2022
The York Theatre Company will present the world premiere of Penelope, or How the Odyssey Was Really Written, a new musical comedy with book & lyrics by Peter Kellogg (York’s Desperate Measures), and music by Stephen Weiner (The Rivals), directed and choreographed by Emily Maltby (York’s Lolita, My Love).
by Marissa Tomeo - Mar 20, 2022
After postponing the initial run due to COVID-19 during the spring of 2020, Good Theater is proud to finally present the Maine premiere of DESPERATE MEASURES. A smash hit off-Broadway in 2017 and 2018, DESPERATE MEASURES features music by David Friedman and book and lyrics by Peter Kellogg.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 16, 2022
 Nancy Manocherian’s the cell theatre and Nightclub Cantata LLC, by special arrangement with Concord Theatricals, will presen the 45th anniversary production of Elizabeth Swados’ 1977 breakout sensation Nightclub Cantata, a provocative, eclectic and heralded theatrical creation rarely seen since its inception decades ago. 
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 15, 2022
The York Theatre Company, in association with Jim Kierstead, Executive Producer, will present a presentation of the new musical Pants! The Jimmy Pants Musical with music and lyrics by Joseph Church (York’s Rothschild and Sons, The Lion King, The Who's Tommy) and book and lyrics by Jeff Bienstock (Legendale).
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 1, 2022
Chart-toppers, laughs and nostalgia await musical theatre patrons as The Winter Park Playhouse continues its 3-show Spring Series with a throwback to hit music of the late 60's and 70's eras in The Marvelous Wonderettes: Dream On - playing on the theatre's mainstage March 18 - April 16, 2022.  
by Stephi Wild - Jun 9, 2022
Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre presents Jersey Boys — now open for the summer!   Playing again this weekend, Friday, June 10th, at 8:00pm and Saturday, June 11th, at 8:00pm,  Jersey Boys takes you behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 9, 2022
The new musical RUBIES  with book and lyrics by Dennis Hanrahan and music by Laura I. Kramer (A Letter To Harvey Milk) will get an invite-only industry presentation on Friday, June 10.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 28, 2022
The York Theatre Company, in association with Riki Kane Larimer, has announced a limited return engagement of the hit Off-Broadway musical Cheek to Cheek: Irving Berlin in Hollywood, a song and dance celebration featuring the music and lyrics of the legendary Irving Berlin that premiered last fall.
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 28, 2022
Saturday night, July 2nd, at 8:00pm, Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre opens their new musical, Desperate Measures!  Set in the Arizona territory in the late 1800s, this new witty, wild, musical-comedy takes Shakespeare's Measure for Measure and shakes it up.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 21, 2022
American Blues Theater, under the continued leadership of Artistic Director Gwendolyn Whiteside, will present a live, online reading of 17 MINUTES by Scott Organ, directed by Michael Cotey as part of “The Room” series. The reading will be live on Monday, June 27 at 7pm.
by Stephi Wild - Jun 2, 2022
Sounds of Cyprus is a Cypriot orchestra co-founded by Elena Chris and Peter Douskalis in New York City. The group performs the traditional music of Cyprus in varying orchestrations and styles that both consciously honor the time period of composition and period instruments as well as perform with a modern approach.
by Stephi Wild - Jun 14, 2022
What unforeseen magic lurks at Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre as the bell tolls this weekend?  The opening of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella!  Playing Friday night, June 17th, and Saturday night, June 18th at 8:00pm — don’t miss this endearing story.
by Stephi Wild - Jul 22, 2022
Adrian Edmondson will play Ebenezer Scrooge in the Royal Shakespeare Company's revival of David Edgar's adaptation of Dickens' much-loved classic story A Christmas Carol.  The production, directed by Rachel Kavanaugh, runs in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon between 26 October 2022 – 1 January 2023.
by Grace Cutler - Jul 11, 2022
The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Evans Haile, Executive Director), dedicated to the development of new musicals and rediscovery of musical gems from the past, in association with Hoagy Bix Carmichael, will present the New York premiere of HOAGY CARMICHAEL'S STARDUST ROAD.
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 28, 2022
Centre Stage has announced its 2022-2023 Season as well as a long-awaited rebrand.
by Michael Major - Feb 8, 2022
The series stars Katt Williams (“Atlanta”; The House Next Door: Meet the Blacks 2), GRAMMY® nominee Keri Hilson (Don’t Waste Your Pretty, Think Like a Man), Rotimi (TV’s “Power,” Coming 2 America), DC Young Fly (2 Minutes of Fame, TV’s “Wild ’N Out on Tour”), Jason Mitchell (Straight Outta Compton), and LisaRaye McCoy (“All of Us”).
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 28, 2022
The York Theatre Company will present the world premiere of Penelope, or How the Odyssey Was Really Written, a new musical comedy with book & lyrics by Peter Kellogg and music by Stephen Weiner, directed and choreographed by Emily Maltby.
by A.A. Cristi - Feb 24, 2022
The new musical has been adapted by April DeAngelis, from a screenplay by Craig Ferguson and Mark Crowdy, with a score from pop-rock star KT Tunstall.
by A.A. Cristi - Feb 23, 2022
Richard Maltby will direct a starry cast of NOBLE FAMILY. The performance is set for March 3, 2022.
by A.A. Cristi - Feb 1, 2022
The Winter Park Playhouse has announced their 2oth Anniversary Mainstage Series of Professional Musicals for the 2022-2023. This new 6-Show anniversary series boasts some of the most popular productions from the past two decades of Winter Park Playhouse professional musical theatre. 
by Stephi Wild - Aug 31, 2022
The York Theatre Company has announced the complete cast and creative team for the limited return engagement of the hit Off-Broadway musical Cheek to Cheek: Irving Berlin in Hollywood, a song and dance celebration featuring the music and lyrics of the legendary Irving Berlin which premiered last Fall.
by Stephi Wild - Aug 16, 2022
The cast includes Jeremy Benton (42nd Street, Cagney at The York), Darien Crago (Holiday Inn, Irving Berlin's White Christmas), Kaitlyn Davidson (Cinderella, Bright Star), Danny Gardner (Flying Over Sunset, The Decline and Fall of the Entire World… at The York), and Melinda Porto (Off Broadway debut). Understudies are Corinne Munsch (A Chorus Line at Signature, Bullets Over Broadway on tour) and Sean Quinn (Irving Berlin's White Christmas, Cinderella).
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Apr 8, 2022
The York Theatre Company will present the world premiere of Penelope, or How the Odyssey Was Really Written, a new musical comedy. Find out more about the production, cast and creative team plus how to get tickets.
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Apr 7, 2022
Portland’s Good Theater’s final offering of its nineteenth season is a deliciously zany and stylish production of Peter Kellogg and David Friedman’s 2017 musical comedy, DESPERATE MEASURES, a witty, saucy sendup of Shakespeare’s MEASURE FOR MEASURE set in the Wild West. Directed by Brian P. Allen and Cary Libkin with musical staging by Raymond Marc Dumont, the comedy written in rhyming verse is a rollicking, madcap adventure from start to finish.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 6, 2022
Keen Company Artistic Director Jonathan Silverstein today announced the first cast members for the Gala Benefit Reading of the beloved Broadway comedy Light Up the Sky by Moss Hart, directed by Mr. Silverstein and featuring an all-star cast. 
by Stephi Wild - Apr 5, 2022
Production photos for The York Theatre Company world premiere presentation of Penelope, or How the Odyssey Was Really Written, a new musical comedy, with book & lyrics by Peter Kellogg (York’s Desperate Measures), music by Stephen Weiner (The Rivals), directed and choreographed by Emily Maltby (York’s Lolita, My Love), with music direction and orchestrations by David Hancock Turner (York’s Cheek to Cheek, Desperate Measures) and vocal arrangements by David Hancock Turner, Steve Delehanty, and Stephen Weiner. 
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 21, 2022
With performances beginning April 23rd, Nancy Manocherian’s the cell theatre and Nightclub Cantata LLC, by special arrangement with Concord Theatricals, will present  Elizabeth Swados’ 1977 breakout sensation Nightclub Cantata, a provocative, eclectic and heralded theatrical creation rarely seen since its inception decades ago. 
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 18, 2022
The York Theatre Company will bring the Manhattan Queen of Cabaret, Marilyn Maye, accompanied by the incomparable Tedd Firth, to The Theatre at St. Jeans for a ONE-NIGHT-ONLY special benefit concert of Marilyn Maye in May on Monday evening, May 16, 2022 beginning at 7:30PM.
by Nicole Rosky - Apr 14, 2022
Stage Rights will join the Broadway Licensing family of imprints alongside Dramatists Play Service and Playscripts. Founded in 2000, Stage Rights is one of the foremost independent theatrical publishers in the United States, providing stage performance rights for a wide range of plays and musicals to theater companies, schools, and other producing organizations across the country and internationally.
by Review Roundups - Apr 11, 2022
Read all the reviews for the The York Theatre Company  world premiere of Penelope, or How the Odyssey Was Really Written, a new musical comedy with book & lyrics by Peter Kellogg, and music by Stephen Weiner.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 1, 2022
Performances for Penelope resume TOMORROW, Saturday afternoon, April 2 at 2:30PM. The limited engagement will continue through Sunday afternoon, April 24, 2022 at 2:30PM at The York’s temporary home, The Theatre at St. Jeans (150 East 76th Street, between Lexington and Third Avenues). Opening Night is Thursday evening, April 7, 2022 at 7:00PM.