When a show has music that contains the often forgotten ingredient called MELODY, paired with sharp-witted, romantic, fun LYRICS, and a great BOOK …it’s a musical Just For You, (which happens to be the title of one of it’s David Friedman songs).
Desperate Measures, the creation of Peter Kellogg, (Book/Lyrics), David Friedman, (Music), Directed and Choreographed by Bill Castellino with Music Direction and Orchestrations by David Hancock Turner opened last night at The York theatre Company. This is the kind of show you will probably like to go to more than once to make sure you’ve absorbed all of it’s clever dialogue, (not unlike Shakespeare, who’s Measure For Measure it is loosely based on). Walking down the street after the show I can guarantee you will be humming those David Friedman tunes, even if you have a weak musical memory. The casting is superb…Emma Segerstedt, Gary Marachek, Lauren Molina, Conor Ryan, Peter Saide and Nick Wyman and the Scenic Design by York Producing artistic Director James Morgan is superb.
In 1890, in a lawless territory out west, Johnny Blood, a hot-tempered young cowboy, finds himself sentenced to hang for killing a man in a bar fight. His sister, a novice nun in a nearby mission, is persuaded to plead with a corrupt governor to spare her brother’s life. The governor promises to pardon Johnny if his sister, the Sister, will ‘do his bidding’ for the night. Adding to the hilarious complications are a hard-bitten sheriff, a voluptuous saloon girl and a priest who reads Nietzsche.
Lots of theatre goers are going to be Desperate for a ticket for it’s limited run at The York Theatre. Here are some Curtain Call and Party photos from opening night