The original cast recording of the critically acclaimed musical comedy Desperate Measures, which recently reopened at New World Stages, is now available digitally from Masterworks Broadway, with the physical 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.
The recording features Gary Marachek (Eleanor) as Father Morse, Lauren Molina (Rock of Ages) as Bella Rose, Emma Degerstedt (Smokey Joe's Cafe) 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 Misérables) 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).
The complete track listing follows:
1. The Ballad of Johnny Blood
2. The Ballad of Johnny Blood (Reprise)
3. That's Just How It Is
4. Some Day They Will Thank Me
5. Look in Your Heart
6. Look in Your Heart (Reprise)
7. It's Good to Be Alive
8. It Doesn't Hurt to Try
9. It's Getting Hot in Here
10. It's Getting Hot in Here Playoff / The Ballad of Johnny Blood (Reprise 2)
11. The Way that You Feel
12. Stop There
13. In the Dark
14. What a Night!
15. About Last Night
16. Stop There (Reprise)
17. Just for You
18. Just for Your (Reprise)
19. What is This Feeling?
20. What a Day!
21. Life Takes You by Surprise
22. It's Good to Be Alive (Reprise)
23. It's a Beautiful Day
25. Bows / Exit Music
In the new musical, inspired by Shakespeare's Measure for Measure and set in the early 1890s, 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.
Directed by Bill Castellino (Cagney, Marry Harry) and produced by Pat Flicker Addiss, Mary Cossette, Willette Klausner, and Cecilia Lin, Desperate Measures has scenic design by James Morgan, costume design by Nicole Wee, lighting design by Paul Miller, and sound design by Julian Evans. David Hancock Turner serves as musical director. Casting is by Carol Hanzel, and the production stage manager is CJ LaRoche.
Desperate Measures is the recipient of Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Music and Outstanding Lyrics, the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best New Off-Broadway Musical, and the Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Musical.