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Winner for Best Musical (2018 Outer Critics Circle & OBA Awards) and Outstanding Music & Lyrics (2018 Drama Desk Awards) to go along with 15 award nominations and excellent reviews! Desperate Measures is a witty and wild new musical comedy that takes Shakespeare's Measure for Measure and shakes things up!

Why Watch Desperate Measures

The musical is a loose Wild West themed adaptation of the play “Measure by Measure” by Shakespeare. The result is a hilarious experience where the fate of one man depends on the schemes of his sister and the sheriff. The musical is directed and choreographed by Bill Castellino, with music by David Friedman. The reviews don’t lie, and you will find yourself laughing gleefully at the antics and personalities of the protagonists in this musical.

The Story

The story is set in the Wild West where a hot-headed cowboy is currently sentenced to death after he kills someone in a bar fight. When his sister, a nun about to take her vows, approaches the Governor for mercy, he agrees but only if she sleeps with him. Unable to agree to the terms, she and a good-hearted sheriff come up with a brazen plan to safe her brother and avoid breaking her vows.

Good for

Fans of comedy | light-hearted musicals


“It’s Good to be alive”, “It doesn’t hurt to try”, “The ballad of Johnny Blood”, and “It’s a beautiful day for a life-long commitment”

Critics Reviews

"See it before tickets become scarce!"
- Michael Giltz, Huffington Post

"Desperate Measures is a production of infinite jest and most excellent fancy."
- David Gordon, Theatre Mania

- New York Times

“"BETTER THAN SHAKESPEARE! The funniest, most-tuneful, non-stop, slam-bang BEST MUSICAL of the season!"”
- Broadway Select

Show Details

Show Timings

Monday 7:00 PM
Wednesday 7:00 PM
2:00 PM
7:00 PM
Friday 8:00 PM
2:00 PM
8:00 PM
3:00 PM

2 hours and 10 minutes, with 1 intermission

Leading Roles
Conor Ryan as Johnny Blood
Sarah Parnicky as Sister Mary Jo Susanna
Nick Wyman as Governor

Peter Kellogg

Bill Castellino

David Friedman

Know Before You Go

Front Orchestra
Side and Rear Orchestra

New World Stages

Maybe inappropriate for children aged 12 and under.
Children under the age of 4 are not permitted into the theatre.

Available facilities
Wheelchair accessible

Outside Food
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out our guide to the 30 Best Restaurants in the Theater District.

Dress Code
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theater is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.

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Cancellation Policy

All Broadway and Off-Broadway show tickets are non-refundable.

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My Tickets

Your e-tickets can be exchanged for physical tickets with our uniformed Headout hosts outside the theater.

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New World stages/ Stage 4, Between 8th and 9th Avenue, New York

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