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Desperate Measures To Giddy-Up Into The New York Sunset October 28th

Desperate Measures To Giddy-Up Into The New York Sunset October 28th
If we shadows have offended,

Two minutes — then your suffering’s ended.

But if we shadows did amuse you,

There’s a way we sure could use you.

Despite audience love and critics’ praise,

Our show will close in fourteen days

We’d like two weeks of sold-out shows, [We’d like to sell out all our shows]

So tell your friends, tell your foes.

Post your raves on the Book of Face,

Twitter, Instagram — every place:

“A show that’s one of Life’s great pleasures —

This musical called ‘Desperate Measures.’”

“The funniest show I’ve seen in years!”

Bore every friend of yours to tears.

(Tell them who you like the best:

The sexy guy in the purple vest.)

No colloquy without a mention.

We thank you for your kind attention.

Nick Wyman

The adorable Desperate Measures ( the new musical comedy 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), will close at New World Stages (340 W. 50th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues) on Sunday, October 28, 2018. At the time of closing, it will have played 14 previews and 157 performances. The show began performances this past May at New World Stages and was extended twice. Its earlier engagement last year was extended three times.
“We are extremely proud of this show and are profoundly grateful to our audiences for embracing Desperate Measures and making us feel at home at New World Stages,” says Pat Flicker Addiss, Mary Cossette and Willette Klausner in a joint statement. “This show has been a labor of love for the cast, crew and production team and we look forward to focusing on the future life of Desperate Measures in cities throughout America.”
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Desperate Measures, the hilarious new musical set in the wild west, is the story of Johnny Blood, a cowboy unjustly sentenced to death by a narcissistic governor. The governor offers to pardon Johnny if Johnny’s sister, who is about to become a nun, agrees to spend one night with him.  Any resemblance to current political figures is purely intentional. With the help of a tall, dark, handsome sheriff, a saloon girl with a heart of gold and a priest with a drinking problem, can justice prevail or will Johnny be left hanging? Loosely based on Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, the musical is a joyful, madcap comedy that also manages to ponder the nature of justice.
The cast of Desperate Measures includes: 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 CJ Eldred (Book of Mormon National Tour), William Thomas Evans (A Tale Of Two Cities), and Celia Hottenstein (The Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary National Tour).
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 in general managed by Aruba Productions and Ken Denison is the Executive Producer.
Desperate Measures has received two Drama Desk Awards (Outstanding Music – David Friedman, Outstanding Lyrics – Peter Kellogg), one Outer Critics Circle Award (Best New Off Broadway Musical), and one Off Broadway Alliance Award: Best Musical.
The original cast recording of Desperate Measures is available on Masterworks Broadway.

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:

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