SEPTEMBER 19 - DECEMBER 31, 2017 (Original York Theatre Production)


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The York Theatre Company, in association with Pat Flicker Addiss and Cecilia Lin & Hu Guo, opened its 2017-18 Season with Desperate Measures, a knee-slappin' new musical loosely based on Shakespeare's Measure for Measure. After a sold-out original four-week run, Desperate Measures extended THREE TIMES due to popular demand, and ran for a 16 weeks at The York. Peter Filichia raved that it was "Better than Shakespeare! The funniest, most tuneful, non-stop, slam-bang BEST MUSICAL of the season!" And the New York Times said it was "A DELIGHT... such a hoot! WONDERFUL!"

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. It's naughty, it's country, and it's a New York premiere with music by award-winning composer David Friedman, book and lyrics by two-time Tony nominee Peter Kellogg, and direction and choreography by Bill Castellino (CagneyMarry Harry). Yee-haw, verily!

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Emma degerstedt

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gary marachek

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lauren molina

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conor ryan

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peter saide

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nick wyman

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