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The Original Cast Recording from the hit musical comedy Desperate Measures is available digitally today from Masterworks Broadway, with the CD set for release August 10. With music by David
Friedman (Listen to My Heart) and lyrics by Peter
Kellogg (Anna Karenina), the album is produced by Robert Sher with liner notes by Peter
Filichia. Described by the Huffington Post as "a good old-fashioned musical comedy... a happy surprise of a show filled with enjoyable songs," Desperate Measures is currently running at New World Stages in New York City.
Inspired by Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, the musical is a joyful, madcap comedy that also manages to ponder the nature of justice. The hilarious new musical tells the tale of Johnny Blood, a handsome young man whose life is in danger over a saloon brawl. Set in the early 1890's, Johnny must put his fate into the hands of a colorful cast of characters including a wily sheriff, an eccentric priest, an authoritarian governor, a saloon girl gone good, and a nun out of the habit- as they all struggle to decide Johnny's fate. Laws are broken and hearts are won as they try to find justice in a world that often doesn't seem just.
In its three-time extended sold out run at the York Theater, Desperate Measures has received two Drama
Desk Awards for Outstanding Music
and Outstanding Lyrics, one Outer Critics Circle Award for Best New Off Broadway Musical and one Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Musical. It's also been highly lauded in the press world, with The New York Times calling it, "Wonderful...a delight...such a hoot," and Huffington Post suggesting, "See it before tickets become scarce!" Peter
Filichia of Broadway Select applauded, "The funniest, most-tuneful, non-stop, slam-bang BEST MUSICAL of the season!"
The album is available for digital streaming and purchase now: https://MasterworksBroadway.lnk.to/DesperateMeasures-OBCR
DESPERATE MEASURES - ORIGINAL CAST RECORDING (TRACKLIST)
The Ballad of Johnny Blood
The Ballad of Johnny Blood (Reprise)
That's Just How It Is
Some Day They Will Thank Me
Look in Your Heart
Look in Your Heart
It's Good to Be Alive
It doesn't Hurt to Try
It's Getting Hot in Here
It's Getting Hot in Here Playoff / The Ballad of Johnny Blood (Reprise 2)
The Way that You Feel
In the Dark
What a Night!
About Last Night
Stop There (Reprise)
Just for You
Just for Your (Reprise)
What is This Feeling?
What a Day!
Life Takes You by Surprise
It's Good to Be Alive (Reprise)
It's a Beautiful Day
Bows / Exit Music
ABOUT Desperate Measures
Directed by Bill Castellino (Cagney, Marry Harry) and produced by Pat Flicker Addiss, Mary Cossette, Willette Klausner and Cecilia Lin, Desperate Measures is playing at New World Stages and features: Gary Marachek (Eleanor) as Father Morse Lauren
Molina (Rock of Ages) as Bella Rose, Sarah
Parnicky (Show Boat at Houston
Grand Opera) as Susanna/Sister Mary Jo, Conor Ryan ("Jesus Christ Superstar
Live in Concert") as Johnny Blood, Peter
Saide (Skin Tight) as Sheriff Green, and Nick Wyman (LES MISERABLES) as Governor von Richterhenkenpflichtgetruber with Anthony Festa (Bare at New World Stages), Celia Hottenstein (The Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary National
Tour) and Tom Souhrada (Kinky Boots). Desperate Measures features scenic design by James Morgan
(Cagney, Sweeney Todd), costume design by Nicole
Wee (Closer Than Ever, Storyville), lighting design by Paul Miller (Legally Blonde, The Illusionists) and sound design by Julian Evans (Tick, Tick Boom, jon and jen). David
Hancock Turner (Subways Are For Sleeping, Hallelujah Baby) serves as musical director. Casting is by Carol Hanzel (Cagney) and the production stage manager is CJ LaRoche.
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