Desperate Measures PR & Reviews

Desperate Measures feature in the Drama Desk opening video w/ host Michael Urie

"As Susanna, Sarah Parnicky exudes the petite spunkiness of a Disney princess, and sings quite prettily in both her semi-patter songs and fairly melodic ballads."

Musical Theatre Review

"Parnicky and Saide do bang-up jobs as shy lovers. On the Kellogg-Friedman love ballads their voices are stellar. Tall and men’s-magazine-cover-handsome Saide demands attention whenever he’s on stage. So does Parnicky, who has comic chops she shows off in a mirror sequence with Molina that neatly recalls the unforgettable one Lucille Ball and Harpo Marx executed on I Love Lucy back in that day. This one has its memorable qualities as well." 

New York Stage Review

"Playing straight in their romantic roles, Peter Saide and Sarah Parnicky both sing beautifully and add to the fun with their honest commitment to the absurdity surrounding them...Parnicky's "What Is This Feeling" is surprisingly contemporary and relatable, as she contemplates her plans versus her feelings...If you'll forgive another Rodgers and Hammerstein reference: if Fraulein Maria had had a solo to figure out her feelings, this would have probably been it."

Broadway World

"When you only have six voices to carry a musical, they had better be strong, and these are.  When Sarah Parnicky first sings, she offers up a crisp, clear sound that, while supported by wonderful musicians, sounds almost a capella in its glassy fragility."  

New York Theatre Guide

“The new production is blessed to have Sarah Parnicky, another charmer with a gorgeous voice, to play the nun who's bound to end up in the handsome Sheriff's arms.” 

Curtain Up

"Sister Mary Jo/Susanna (the suitably blonde and demure Parnicky, in an impressive Off Broadway debut) makes a bargain with the corrupt, power-hungry Governor...Parnicky’s star turn comes in “What Is this Feeling?” a tender love ballad (she is falling for the kind, smart, and handsome Sheriff) in which the stunned novitiate finds it impossible to speak the word “love.” Susanna wonders, “Could it be that word?”" 

Center on the Aisle

"As the sweet-as-pie, prickly-as-a-tumbleweed heroine, the angelic voiced Sarah Parnicky brings a sincerity to this hysterical evening of fun. Her song “What is this Feeling?” about wanting that sexy Sheriff’s kiss lets us know a nunnery was never for her."

Times Square Chronicles

"Peter Saide’s stoic sheriff’s almost Jean Val Jean-like sense of integrity plays well off Sarah Parnicky’s fickle nun, with the voice and visage of an angel, whose character acts as the Mary Tyler Moore-esque straight woman for all of the crazy characters to play off."

Stage Biz

"The cast of six hits all the right notes. As love interests Mary Jo and the Sheriff, Sarah Parnicky and Peter Saide have near-perfect musical comedy chemistry". 

The Broadway Blog

"The performances are all top-notch, and in lilting, twangy iambic pentameter to boot.  Mr. Saide and Ms. Parnicky excel as the “straight” players in this musical comedy, both with fantastic singing voices." 

Onstage Blog

 

You Never Know

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"Parnicky is a true triple threat, executing great vocals and dancing while making Maria charming, mysterious, layered, and funny.” 

Encore Michigan

"Sarah Parnicky brings to mind the great actresses of the golden age of musical theater who can sing, dance, and deliver laughs with a knowing nonchalance.” 

Detroit Examiner

"His dance performance with Mimi (Sarah Parnicky) is like seeing Fred and Ginger come to life"

Broadway World