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 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.
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”
"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
“A DELIGHT...SUCH A HOOT! WONDERFUL!”
- New York Times
“"BETTER THAN SHAKESPEARE! The funniest, most-tuneful, non-stop, slam-bang BEST MUSICAL of the season!"”
- Broadway Select
Know Before You Go
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.
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.
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theater is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.
This experience cannot be cancelled, amended or rescheduled.
The email stated we had a “reservation.” It did not contain tickets. It was not clear how we were going to get the tickets. I had to go to the online chat to inquire and he told us to be at the venue 30 minutes ahead of show time. I’d recommend putting those instructions into an email.
Your e-tickets can be exchanged for physical tickets with our uniformed Headout hosts outside the theater.
New World stages/ Stage 4, Between 8th and 9th Avenue, New York