WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
The York Theatre Company opens its 2017-18 season with Desperate Measures, a foot-stompin', knee-slappin' new musical that nods to Shakespeare's Measure for Measure. It's funny! It's sexy! It's country! It's a New York premiere with music by award-winning composer David Friedman and book and lyrics by multi-Tony Award nominee Peter Kellogg.
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.