Check out a new musical, “Desperate Measures,” based on William Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure.” The show, set in the Old American West, is now running in Norwich’s Spirit of Broadway theatre and runs through July 27.
Book and lyrics are by Peter Kellogg and music is by David Friedman. The show was previously a selection in the 2006 New York Musical Theatre Festival.
The show is described as telling “the tale of Johnny Blood, a hotheaded young cowboy who has been sentenced to hang for killing a man in a bar fight. When his sister, Susanna, a novice nun in a nearby Franciscan mission, pleads with the Governor for his life, the Governor offers to pardon Johnny on the condition that Susanna sleep with him. The sheriff proposes to Susanna a scheme in which she will appear at first to give in to the Governor's demands, but then, under cover of darkness, switch places with one of the saloon girls.”
Information: Theater is at 24 Chestnut St., Norwich. 860-886-2378 and www.spiritofbroadway.org.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun