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 October 2nd at The York theatre Company. The casting is superb…Emma Segerstedt, Tom Souhrada, Lauren Molina, Conor Ryan, Anthony Festa and Nick Wyman and the Scenic Design by York Producing artistic Director James Morgan.
Thanks to producer Pat Addiss, Cecilia Lin and Hu Guo this limited run show was extended and has reached it’s 100th performance.
Desperate Measures is a cross between Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles and Das Barbecü.
Set 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.