Photo Coverage: HANDS ON A HARDBODY Cast Celebrates Opening Night with Real-Life Counterparts!
The new American musical Hands on a Hardbody just celebrated opening night last night, March 21, at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street). After the show, the cast and creative team gathered at the Roseland Ballroom with their real-life counterparts from the documentary on which the musical is based. BroadwayWorld was there for all of the opening festivities and you can check out photos from the after party below!
Inspired by true events and based on the acclaimed 1997 documentary of the same name that was created by S.R. Bindler and produced by Bindler and Kevin Morris, 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), music by Trey Anastasio (Phish) and Amanda Green, direction by Neil Pepe (Broadway's Speed-The-Plow), and musical staging by Sergio Trujillo (Memphis, Jersey Boys).
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.
The Broadway production features the full cast from the La Jolla Playhouse engagement: Keith Carradine (Tony Award nominee, 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 (Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Dale Soules (Hair), Scott Wakefield (Ring of Fire), and William Youmans (Wicked).
For more information, visit www.handsonahardbody.com.Photo Credit: Linda Lenzi
Allison Case and Kelli Mangrum
JD Drew and Keith Carradine
Keala Settle and Norma Valverde
Elan McAllister and Carmel Dean
Christy Ming-Trent and Jacob Ming-Trent
Jacob Ming-Trent and Ronald McCowan
Benny Perkins and Hunter Foster
Jan Maynard and Connie Ray
Neil Pepe and his family
David Clement and Doug Wright