Hands On a Hardbody
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Show Quick Facts
- Hands on a Hardbody is previews in early March, and the official opening night is on March 21, 2013.
- The story is taken from a documentary film about a group of contestants in Texas fighting to win a new truck by keeping their hand on the pickup the longest.
- The musical features Tony-Award nominee Keith Carradine as one of the contestants, as well as the rest of the original cast of the La Jolla Playhouse production.
Feb. 23, 2013 - Aug. 31, 2013
Brooks Atkinson Theatre
256 W 47th St
New York, New York 10036
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A new musical about a group of Texans trying to win a contest to improve their lives.
Features: Hands on a Hardbody is a new musical centering around a group of Texans attempting to win a new truck. Whoever can keep their hands on the pickup in the hot sun the longest takes home the prize. The score is by former rock band Phish frontman Trey Anastasio, and the cast notably features Keith Carradine as one of the contestants.
Why We Go: Hands on a Hardbody is a new musical that combines a compelling human story with musical numbers that blend everything from rock, folk, country and gospel to win audience members over.
- Low-key Aesthetic: For anyone who prefers gritty realism and a low-key look to Broadway shows with flashy song and dance numbers, Hands on a Hardbody will be a refreshing delight. It is based on a documentary, and the musical captures that same authentic feel.
- Americana Music: The score by Phish musician Trey Anastasio and lyricist Amanda Green who wrote for 'Bring It On' fuses country, rock and everything in-between for a distinctly American sound.
- Quirky Characters: The characters are based on the real-life Texans featured in the documentary. They are quirky and relatable, and will have audience members rooting for them to overcome their respective hardships and turn their lives around.
Inside Knowledge: The 1997 documentary film that this new musical is based on was critically-acclaimed, and director Robert Altman had planned on making a feature film on it but passed away before it was completed.
Do's and Don'ts:
- Do Order Tickets Online: This new Broadway musical is highly-anticipated, so ensure a good seat by ordering your Broadway show tickets online ahead of time!
- Do Come if you Like Phish: Being a fan of the rock band isn't a prerequisite, but fans of Phish may enjoy seeing what the band's main man Trey Anastasio has been up to recently.
- Don't Forget to Eat Beforehand: This show runs long at 2 hours and 35 minutes, so it would be wise to grab dinner beforehand at one of the great NYC restaurants in the area.
- Don't Worry About Things to Do: There are a lifetime of exciting things to do in New York City, especially around this theater. Be sure to plan ahead to leave time for exploring.