Running since February 2013 A new country-rock musical inspired by true events, featuring ten hard-luck Texans in a bizarre endurance test to win a new pickup.
The Broadway production of Hands on a Hardbody closed April 13, 2013. For current Broadway show listings and tickets, please click here.
According to press notes, the show's characters compete "under a scorching sun for days on end, armed with nothing but hope, humor and ambition, to keep at least one hand on a brand-new truck in order to win it."
Based on a 1997 documentary, the book for "Hands on a Hardbody" was written by Doug Wright, a 2004 Pulitzer-winner for "I Am My Own Wife." The show features songs by Amanda Green (one of the creators of "Bring It On") and Trey Anastasio from the rock band Phish.
"Hands on a Hardbody" had a pre-Broadway production (featured in the video below) at the La Jolla Playhouse in spring 2012. In his NY Times review, Charles Isherwood said the show "sings sincerely and with a rough-edged humor of the dusty margins of American life" and called it "restrained and even somber compared with more typical Broadway fare."
Like the La Jolla production, the Broadway show will be directed by Neil Pepe, director of David Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow," and feature musical staging by Sergio Trujillo, choreographer of the long-running hit "Jersey Boys."