After a hit run at the York Theatre, this madcap, wild musical, set in the Old West and inspired by Shakespeare's 'Measure for Measure,' re-opens at New World Stages for an open-ended run. More…
When the dangerously handsome Johnny Blood’s life is on the line after a saloon brawl, he must put his fate into the hands of a colorful cast of characters including a mysterious sheriff, an eccentric priest, a sleazy governor, a saloon girl gone good, and a nun out of the habit. Before the sun sets, will they pull off the greatest caper yet? Will justice prevail or will Johnny be left hanging? 'Desperate Measures' won the 2018 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best New Off-Broadway Musical, and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Music and Lyrics.
See it if You like smart funny well written, well acted, clever and well sung musicals. It’s completely accessible though based on Shakespeare.
Don't see it if You’re looking for drama or a play. This is good silly fun.
See it if knee slapping tunes/clever lyrics/western dialect in hilarious rhyming couplets, solid cast esp Conor Ryan-so smart 2 act so dumb
Don't see it if opposite of subtle; off-Bdway production like this does not have pizzaz provided by Bdway dance/set/costumes; voices not top-notch
See it if It was entertaining and there were some good numbers, but it just didn't seem up to New York standards to me & I didn't find it that funny.
Don't see it if You want a polished show. It was fine but very simple which might be some of the charm (for some) but not so much for me in this case.
See it if Will’s Measure for Measure set in the West / Sung in rhyme, it’s a fun-filled fest / The Bard as farce is really the best.
Don't see it if You think it’s a sacrilege to alter Shakespeare.
See it if you'd like a rootin' tootin' depiction of Shakespeare with very strong comic performances.
Don't see it if you only like your Shakespeare straight, and you can't handle silliness. This is a lot of fun.
See it if you're tired of the traditional commercial Broadway fare and want to see something quirky and fun.
Don't see it if overly rhyme-y dialogue and songs bother you. You're looking for a serious musical.
See it if you enjoy Shakespeare simplified, and moved to a different local (the old west). Almost too clever adaptation of Measure for Measure
Don't see it if you are a Shakespeare purist or you cannot check your disbelief at the door.
See it if Shakespeare with the western twist. Catchy songs & dancing. Ingredients to produce an entertaining theater experience.
Don't see it if If you are only interested in dramas or traditional musicals.
See it if You enjoy silly, campy musicals. You like puns and funny rhymes.
Don't see it if You want a even cast (some are hard to understand). You want a well paced story.
See it if A delightful mashup of Shakespeare and the American Wild West! Peppy songs, terrific cast, cool costumes and sets
Don't see it if Of course you should see this! Add to your Shakespeare repertoire in a painless way. It’s a fun night!
See it if You like musicals, you like Shakespeare, you like westerns, you're a nun, you're a prostitute... There's a little there for everyone.
Don't see it if You're mean spirited and don't like having fun.
See it if Very enjoyable and entertaining musical. The music and songs are great.The cast is superb. Wonderful acting,singing.
Don't see it if You are not a fan of light, western themed musicals
See it if You're up for a fast, fun musical farce with a superb ensemble cast, memorable songs, great voices, orchestrations, snappy direction & sets.
Don't see it if Just go—fun, clever, entertaining, silly & relevant, a terrific musical update (and arguably an improvement) of Measure For Measure. Go.
See it if if you can suspend your usual critical paradigms and enjoy an outrageously silly romp that sends you out with a big smile on your face!
Don't see it if you don't like musicals and/or you only like serious, "important" theater.
See it if You are looking for a small intimate musical with great singing and an interesting book. The plot is Measure for Measure set in the old west
Don't see it if you are looking for a big brassy musical
See it if An easy and entertaining evening of music and comedy loosely based on Shakespeare's Measure for Measure.
Don't see it if More like a good original college musical, dialogue is rhymed couplets, music is tuneful, acting is broad everyone is having fun.
See it if I has a delightful time and would like to see it again. Very cute plot, wonderful characterizations - you can't go wrong with this one.
Don't see it if If you don't like cute, sweet, light hearted shows.
See it if you like fluffy comedic musicals with decent performers and (great singing), catchy tunes, and not overly concerned about substance.
Don't see it if you don't like pratfalls, caricature acting, over acting, and foil thin plots.
See it if you like Shakespeare with a twist. This super funny script exceeded expectations.
Don't see it if the thought of yet another rendition of Shakespeare makes you sick, if you like serious thoughtful plays, or if you don't like to laugh,
See it if you haven't seen it yet. No changes from its run at the York. Very cleverly written entirely in rhymed couplets. A little bawdy.
Don't see it if if you don't like broad humor.
See it if you love well written different takes on Shakespeare with great music and a fun plot. It's an up close and personal entertaining show.
Don't see it if you love Broadway prices or grandeur or can't stand to watch riffs on Shakespeare because you prefer the real thing.
See it if you like very broad, but well-written/structured musical comedy that is both clever and corny in equal measure.
Don't see it if corny and silly are not your thing. The book & lyrics, in particular, are extremely clever, but the playing style is very broad.
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