West Coast Premiere

Desperate Measures

Music by David Friedman
Books and Lyrics by Peter Kellogg

Orchestrations by David Hancock Turner
Vocal arrangements by David Friedman

Directed by Christopher Williams
Now through February 12, 2022


This witty, wild musical comedy takes Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure and shakes it up. A rollicking romantic musical that manages to address law and order, justice and hypocrisy set in the Wild West. Fully loaded with laughs and toe-tappin’ music, saddle up and see why critics and audiences have branded DESPERATE MEASURES a grade ‘A’ musical! Buy Tickets now before it pulls up stakes and leaves town.

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What The Critics Are Saying

  • Between Will (the originator) and this crazy interpretation, you may never laugh as much as you will at DESPERATE MEASURES.

    – Jean Lowerison, San Diego Stage and Screen

  • I reckon you'll love DESPERATE MEASURES, it's a real hoot. You'll definitely leave with a smile.

    – Kathy Carpenter, Splash Magazine

  • Do not miss Desperate Measures at the North Coast Repertory Theatre. This delightful show is an antidote for the pandemic blues. This upbeat, mood-boosting musical will lift you up and transport you to plane of pure joy with its clever Bard-inspired dialogue and requisite plot twists. Go get your tickets, posthaste, and see for yourself! What a beautiful gift you’ve given us!

    – Eva Trieger, San Diego Jewish World

  • DESPERATE MEASURES is a fun and frothy musical that will make you laugh and leave you humming.

    – EM Reiter, BroadwayWorld

  • DESPERATE MEASURES is filled with a little suspense; a plethora of surprises; plot twists and comedy; and clever rhyming dialogue.

    – Tom Robertson, The Vista Press