HANDS ON A HARDBODY Cast and Creatives Set for Barnes & Noble, 9/4; Birdland, 9/29
Ghostlight Records will celebrate their Original Broadway Cast Recording of the new musical HANDS ON A HARDBODYwith two special events in September. Amanda Green, the show's co-composer and lyricist and book writer Doug Wright, as well as several stars of the show, will appear at an in-store performance and CD signing at Barnes & Noble on the Upper East Side (150 East 86th Street, between Lexington and Third Avenues). The event will feature original Broadway cast members Keith Carradine, Keala Settle, Janet Krupin, Corey March, Kathleen Elizabeth Monteleone, Jim Newman, Connie Ray, Jon Rua and Dale Soules. The exclusive event will take place on Wednesday, September 4 at 7:00 PM. Call (212) 369-2180 for details.
Green will host the concert Amanda Green and Friends at Birdland Jazz Club (315 West 44th Street) on Sunday, September 29 at 6:00 PM to celebrate the album's release. Her special guests will include Keith Carradine, Allison Case, Jenn Colella, Van Hughes, Janet Krupin, Kathleen Monteleone, Jim Newman, Jacob Ming-Trent, Jon Rua and William Youmans. The singers will be backed by members of the original Broadway "Pit Crew" for Hardbody, including Musical Director Matt Gallagher on piano, Skip Krevens on pedal steel, Shannon Ford on drums and Skip Ward on bass. Visit www.Birdlandjazz.com for tickets and details.
The new musical HANDS ON A HARDBODY is being released both in stores and via online outlets on August 27. The musical features a book by Doug Wright (Pulitzer Prize winner, I Am My Own Wife), lyrics by Amanda Green (Bring It On: The Musical), and music by Trey Anastasio (Phish) andAmanda Green. The show was nominated for three 2013 Tony Awards, including "Best Original Score," and nine 2013 Drama Desk Awards, including "Outstanding Musical," "Outstanding Music" and "Outstanding Lyrics." The album features "The Tryers," a special bonus song that was cut from the show. To listen to tracks from the album, visit www.sh-k-boom.com/handsonahardbody.html.
HANDS ON A HARDBODY - directed by Neil Pepe (Broadway's Speed-The-Plow) with musical staging by Sergio Trujillo (Memphis, Jersey Boys) - was inspired by true events. It was based on the acclaimed 1997 documentary of the same name that was created by S.R. Bindler and produced by Bindler andKevin Morris. Trey Anastasio produced the album, in addition to contributing his trademark guitar work. Amanda Green serves as co-producer andKurt Deutsch as Executive Producer.