Controversy Explodes Over TUTS' Changes to HANDS ON A HARDBODY
TUTS Undergound, an exciting new venture from Theatre Under the Stars, is currently presenting Houston audiences with the Texas Premiere of HANDS ON A HARDBODY. According to a recent blog by Howard Sherman, the production varies greatly from the show that ran on Broadway just last year, as director Bruce Lumpkin made significant changes to the show without first consulting the authors.
Sherman writes that the show's creator Amanda Green, who was invited to opening night, commented: "They started the opening number and I noticed that some people were singing solos other than what we'd assigned. As we neared the middle of the opening number, I thought, 'what happened to the middle section?'" She continued: "I thought, 'so we did put this number second after all' before realizing that we hadn't done that. I kept waiting for 'If I Had A Truck' and it didn't come."
When Lumpkin was asked about his changes to the show, he responded: "I didn't change lyrics, I didn't change songs, I didn't change dialogue. I only changed their order. I thought that perhaps maybe I could put together a different order thinking that perhaps if they don't like it I'll put it back. There was no new vision for the show. It was just a matter of the order of the songs in the show. I knew there was a possibility they wouldn't like it. I was totally upfront."
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The Texas Premiere of HANDS ON A HARDBODY runs in the Zilkha Hall at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby Street, Houston, 77002 from June 12 to 22, 2014. Performances are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. For tickets and more information, please visit http://www.tutsunderground.com or call (713) 558-8887.