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With 15 award nominations and excellent reviews from everybody, Desperate Measures is a musical with an infinite amount of humour packed into it. Loosely based on the play “Moment by Moment” by Shakespeare, this play easily adapts to the Wild West theme.

Why Watch Desperate Measures

The musical is a loose Wild West themed adaptation of the play “Moment by Moment” 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.

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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

Show Details

Show Timings

Monday 7:00 PM
Tuesday (only on July 3rd) 7:00 PM
Wednesday 7:00 PM
(after June 3rd)
2:00 PM
7:00 PM
Friday 8:00 PM
(after June 3rd)
2:00 PM
8:00 PM
Sunday (only on June 3rd)
(after June 3rd)
7:30 PM
3:00 PM

2 hours and 10 minutes, with 1 intermission

Leading Roles
Conor Ryan - Johnny Blood
Emma Degerstedt - Sister Mary Jo Susanna
Nick Wyman - Governor

Peter Kellogg - Author/Lyrics
Bill Castellino - Director/Choreographer
David Friedman - Music

Know Before You Go

Front Orchestra
Side and Rear Orchestra

York Theatre

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

Available facilities
Wheelchair accessible

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Cancellation Policy

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

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340 West 50th street, Between 8th and 9th Avenue, New York

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