HANDS ON A HARDBODY Cast and Creatives Set for Barnes & Noble, 9/4; Birdland, 9/29
For ten hard-luck Texans, a new lease on life is so close they can touch it. Under a scorching sun for days on end, armed with nothing but hope, humor and ambition, they'll fight to keep at least one hand on a brand-new truck in order to win it. In the hilarious, hard-fought contest that is HANDS ON A HARDBODY only one winner can drive away with the American Dream.
When HANDS ON A HARDBODY opened at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre, it was called a "daring new musical" by The New York Times, which noted "the score ranges from gospel to blues to country to slightly rougher-edged rock. None of it sounds like traditional show music: think of Mumford and Sons, not Rodgers and Hammerstein." It was praised by the Los Angeles Times for its "refreshing emotional simplicity" and a score "immediately accessible without sounding canned." Time Magazine raved about the "flavorful country-Western score that is tuneful, well integrated and evocative."
"The Tryers" is a special bonus track that was cut from the stage production. According to Amanda Green, "It's a song I wrote for the characters Benny Perkins and Chris Alvaro to sing after Benny has let go of the truck and lost the competition. We kept reconfiguring the song - who sang what - and Doug Wright rewrote the scene leading up to it many times. I kept whittling and whittling the song down to make the moment tighter - and land with the most impact. We finally got it to a place we were all happy with, but then realized in previews that, as much as we loved the moment - the emotion and sentiment of the song - it was slowing down the story and the action of the musical. So we cut 'The Tryers' and, indeed, the storytelling got tighter and better. Now we're thrilled to have it on the CD as a bonus track!"
The Broadway production of HANDS ON A HARDBODY featured the full cast from the La Jolla Playhouse engagement: Keith Carradine (Tony Award nominations for this show and The Will Rogers Follies), Allison Case (Hair), Hunter Foster (Tony Award nominee, Little Shop of Horrors), Jay Armstrong Johnson (Catch Me If You Can), David Larsen (American Idiot), Jacob Ming-Trent (Shrek The Musical), Kathleen Elizabeth Monteleone (Tales of the City), Mary GorDon Murray (Into The Woods), Jim Newman (Curtains), Connie Ray (Next Fall), Jon Rua (In The Heights), Keala Settle (2013 Tony Award nominee for this show), Dale Soules (Hair), Scott Wakefield (Ring of Fire), and William Youmans (Wicked).
HANDS ON A HARDBODY also boasted an award-winning design team including scenic design by Tony Award winner Christine Jones (American Idiot), costume design by Tony Award winner Susan Hilferty (Wicked), lighting design by Tony Award winner Kevin Adams (Spring Awakening), sound design by Tony Award winner Steve Canyon Kennedy (Jersey Boys), orchestrations by Trey Anastasio and Don Hart, and vocal arrangements/musical direction by Carmel Dean (American Idiot).
The La Jolla Playhouse production of HANDS ON A HARDBODY was produced on Broadway by Broadway Across America - Beth Williams, Barbara Whitman/Latitude Link, Dede Harris/Sharon Karmazin, Howard & Janet Kagan, and John & Claire Caudwell, Rough Edged Souls, Joyce Primm Schweickert, Paula Black/Bruce Long, and Off The Aisle Productions/Freitag-Mishkin.
The world premiere production of HANDS ON A HARDBODY opened Saturday, May 12, 2012 at La Jolla Playhouse and played a limited engagement through Sunday, June 17, 2012. HANDS ON A HARDBODY was commissioned by La Jolla Playhouse (Christopher Ashley, Artistic Director & Michael S. Rosenberg, Managing Director). The show opened at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on Thursday, March 21, 2013.
1. Human Drama Kind Of Thing
2. If I Had This Truck
3. If She Don't Sleep
4. My Problem Right There
5. Alone With Me
6. Burn That Bridge
7. I'm Gone
8. "uncontrollable laughter"
9. Joy Of The Lord
11. Hunt With The Big Dogs
12. Hands On A Hardbody
13. Born In Loredo
14. Alone With Me (Reprise)
15. It's A Fix
16. Used To Be
17. It's A Fix (Reprise)
18. God Answered My Prayers
19. Joy Of The Lord (Reprise)
20. Keep Your Hands On It
21. The Tryers [Bonus Track]
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