The York Theatre Company has announced a two-week extension for the New York premiere of the musical Desperate Measures, featuring a book and lyrics by Peter Kellogg (Anna Karenina) and music by David Friedman (Scandalous). Performances will now run through October 29.
Directed and choreographed by Bill Castellino and with music direction by David Hancock Turner, 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.
Desperate Measures is described as follows: "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."
Performances began at the York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's on September 19 in advance of an October 1 opening.
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