BWW CD Reviews: HANDS ON A HARDBODY Cast Recording Is Mesmerizingly Eclectic
Carmel Dean conducts the spirited Americana orchestra with an amiably subtle quality. The music they create sounds laidback but plush and is suitably eclectic. Moreover, the orchestra skillfully plays Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green's score with poignant potency. Their musicianship ensures every song resonates with zealous life and is infectious.
Filling a Broadway house enough to turn a profit is a tough task for any new musical. It is made even harder for a show with a small cast, minimalistic sets and costuming, and a story about people that are happily and far removed from the hustle and bustle of urban life. I suspect these aspects of the production were probably why HANDS ON A HARDBODY closed so quickly on Broadway. However, HANDS ON A HARDBODY (Original Broadway Cast Recording) pristinely captures this mesmerizing score and proves that the musical is an extraordinary show that will be a pure joy to see performed live.
Ghostlight Records released HANDS ON A HARDBODY (Original Broadway Cast Recording) both in stores and via digital outlets on August 27, 2013. The album can be purchased from Ghostlight Records, iTunes, Amazon, and elsewhere music is sold.
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