Last night at The York Theatre’s opening of the adorable Subways Are for Sleeping, James Morgan announced that the hilarious musical Desperate Measures, would be given an extended life at New World Stages, thanks to producer Pat Addiss. Ms. Addiss has championed the show almost from the beginning.
Desperate Measures began at The York Theatre on September 19, 2017. Unfortunately they had to close New Year’s Eve due to scheduling. (See video from that production)
With book and lyrics by Peter Kellogg (Anna Karenina) and music by David Friedman (Scandalous), the show is directed and choreographed by Bill Castellino (Marry Harry, Cagney), with music direction by David Hancock Turner (The World Will Not Contain Us). The six-member cast features Emma Degerstedt (The Little Mermaid) as Susanna/Sister Mary Jo, Gary Marachek (1776) as Father Morse, Lauren Molina (Rock of Ages) as Bella Rose, Conor Ryan (john and jen) as Johnny Blood, Peter Saide (Skin Tight) as Sheriff Green, and Nick Wyman (Les Misérables) as Governor von Richterhenkenpflichtgetruber.
In 1890, in a territory out West, Johnny Blood, a hot-tempered young cowboy is 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 humorous complications are a hard-bitten sheriff, a voluptuous saloon girl and a priest who reads Nietzsche.
The creative team includes James Morgan (set), Nicole Wee (costumes), Paul Miller (lights), Julian Evans (sound), Deb Gaouette (props), Carol Hanzel (casting), Joseph Hayward (associate director), and Kevin Maloof (production manager). The Production Stage Manager is Christine Lemme with Assistant Stage Manager Laura C. Nelson.
It is so nice to know that good things can come to shows that delighted and leave audiences happy to go to the theatre.