Hands on a Hardbody 2013

Opened: March 21, 2013
Closing: April 13, 2013

Hands on a Hardbody - 2013 - Broadway History , Info & More

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 world premiere production of HANDS ON A HARDBODY opened on May 12, 2012 at La Jolla Playhouse.


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FEATURED REVIEWS FOR Hands on a Hardbody

Handson a Hardbody
7 / 10

Well, Broadway finally got itself an all-American musical in 'Hands on a Hardbody.' The question is, will an all-American audience go for it? It's hard to picture hotel concierges, travel agents and group sales ladies pitching tourists a show about some working-class stiffs from East Texas clinging desperately to a cherry-red pickup truck in a marathon competition to win it...Still, no matter how this dark tuner fares under Gotham's cold glare, regional bookers should be lining up six deep...If the show has a weakness, it's that the music is so consistently all-of-a-piece that some of the songs tend to melt into one another. But in a character-rich show like this, one of them is sure to stand up and make a musical statement that gets you between the eyes.

Theater Review: Hands on a Hardbody
8 / 10

How do you replace documentary reality with coherent drama when there's virtually no forward action except people collapsing? Hardbody's model seems to be A Chorus Line....The production is earnest and solidly performed by a cast including Keith Carradine and Hunter Foster under the direction of Neil Pepe. But all of their skill, and the authors', can't finesse a problem of emotional scale. How much can even a Texan want a truck?...For all the worthy effort to valorize lives not usually depicted in musicals, this has the opposite effect: It makes them seem petty.

BWW Flashback: HANDS ON A HARDBODY Leaves Broadway, Drives Into Sunset
by BWW Special Coverage - April 13, 2013


HANDS ON A HARDBODY will play its final performance tonight, April 13, 2013, after playing 28 preview and 28 regular performances at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street). Hands on a Hardbody began previews on Saturday, February 23, 2013 and officially opened on Thursday, March 21, 2013. Below, BroadwayWorld takes you back through HANDS ON A HARDBODY's journey from La Jolla to Broadway!

In the Spotlight Series: HANDS ON A HARDBODY's Jon Rua
by Walter McBride - April 13, 2013


The new American musical Hands on a Hardbody just celebrated opening night on March 21, at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street). Check out photos of Jon Rua in the BroadwayWorld.com series 'In The Spotlight' by acclaimed photographer Walter McBride below!

In the Spotlight Series: HANDS ON A HARDBODY's Kathleen Elizabeth Monteleone
by Walter McBride - April 12, 2013


The new American musical Hands on a Hardbody just celebrated opening night on March 21, at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street). Check out photos of Kathleen Elizabeth Monteleone in the BroadwayWorld.com series 'In The Spotlight' by acclaimed photographer Walter McBride below!

In the Spotlight Series: HANDS ON A HARDBODY's Jay Armstrong Johnson
by Walter McBride - April 11, 2013


The new American musical Hands on a Hardbody just celebrated opening night on March 21, at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street). Check out photos of Jay Armstrong Johnson in the BroadwayWorld.com series 'In The Spotlight' by acclaimed photographer Walter McBride below!

In the Spotlight Series: HANDS ON A HARDBODY's Keala Settle
by Walter McBride - April 11, 2013


The new American musical Hands on a Hardbody just celebrated opening night on March 21, at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street). Check out photos of Keala Settle in the BroadwayWorld.com series 'In The Spotlight' by acclaimed photographer Walter McBride below!

In the Spotlight Series: HANDS ON A HARDBBODY's Dale Soules
by Walter McBride - April 12, 2013


The new American musical Hands on a Hardbody just celebrated opening night on March 21, at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street). Check out photos of Dale Soules in the BroadwayWorld.com series 'In The Spotlight' by acclaimed photographer Walter McBride below!

In the Spotlight Series: HANDS ON A HARDBODY's Jacob Ming-Trent
by Walter McBride - April 13, 2013


The new American musical Hands on a Hardbody just celebrated opening night on March 21, at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street). Check out photos of Jacob Ming-Trent in the BroadwayWorld.com series 'In The Spotlight' by acclaimed photographer Walter McBride below!

Breaking News: HANDS ON A HARDBODY to Close on Broadway, April 13
by BWW News Desk - April 8, 2013


HANDS ON A HARDBODY will play its final performance on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 8pm after playing 28 preview and 28 regular performances at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street). HANDS ON A HARDBODY began previews on Saturday, February 23, 2013 and officially opened on Thursday, March 21, 2013.

In The Spotlight Series: HANDS ON A HARDBODY's Keith Carradine
by Walter McBride - April 8, 2013


The new American musical Hands on a Hardbody just celebrated opening night on March 21, at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street). Check out photos of Keith Carradine in the BroadwayWorld.com series 'In The Spotlight' by acclaimed photographer Walter McBride below!

Review - Hands On A Hardbody: They Shoot Documentaries, Don't They?
by Michael Dale - April 3, 2013


'Don't make any judgments. / Let The Players play,' sing the characters of Hands On A Hardbody out to an audience sitting in seats priced at what might be the same amount as the weekly unemployment checks some of them are struggling to survive on.

'Get Your HANDS on a Ticket to HARDBODY' and Save!
by BWW News Desk - April 4, 2013


Don't miss the all-new, all-American musical that just drove onto Broadway, HANDS ON A HARDBODY. Inspired by true events, and infused with a 'fresh roots-rock vibe' (The New York Times), this is the hilarious, hard-fought contest where only one winner can drive away with the American dream. If you haven't seen it yet, get your hands on a ticket today!

In the Spotlight Series: HANDS ON A HARDBODY's Hunter Foster
by Walter McBride - April 3, 2013


The new American musical Hands on a Hardbody just celebrated opening night on March 21, at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street). Check out photos of Hunter Foster in the BroadwayWorld.com series 'In The Spotlight' by acclaimed photographer Walter McBride below!

THE FRIDAY SIX: Q&As with Your Favorite Broadway Stars- Allison Case
by BWW - March 29, 2013


In this week's edition, we caught up with Allison Case, who is starring as 'Kelli Mangrum' in Hands on a Hardbody- currently playing at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

TV Exclusive: The Real Contestants of HANDS ON A HARDBODY- William Youmans Talks Don Curtis!
by Nicole Rosky - April 2, 2013


The new American musical Hands on a Hardbody just celebrated opening night on March 21, at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street). Inspired by true events and based on the acclaimed 1997 documentary of the same name, the musical tells the story of ten Texans with dreams of changing their lives by winning a truck. BroadwayWorld recently chatted with the show's stars about bringing the stories of real people to life on the Broadway stage, and in the video below, William Youmans discusses his real-life counterpart- Don Curtis.

TV Exclusive: The Real Contestants of HANDS ON A HARDBODY- Hunter Foster Talks Benny Perkins!
by Nicole Rosky - April 8, 2013


The new American musical Hands on a Hardbody just celebrated opening night on March 21, at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street). Inspired by true events and based on the acclaimed 1997 documentary of the same name, the musical tells the story of ten Texans with dreams of changing their lives by winning a truck. BroadwayWorld recently chatted with the show's stars about bringing the stories of real people to life on the Broadway stage, and in this final video of the series, Hunter Foster discusses his real-life counterpart- Benny Perkins.

TV Exclusive: The Real Contestants of HANDS ON A HARDBODY- Jacob Ming-Trent Talks Ronald McCowan!
by Nicole Rosky - April 5, 2013


The new American musical Hands on a Hardbody just celebrated opening night on March 21, at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street). Inspired by true events and based on the acclaimed 1997 documentary of the same name, the musical tells the story of ten Texans with dreams of changing their lives by winning a truck. BroadwayWorld recently chatted with the show's stars about bringing the stories of real people to life on the Broadway stage, and in the video below, Jacod Ming-Trent discusses his real-life counterpart- Ronald McCowan.

TV Exclusive: The Real Contestants of HANDS ON A HARDBODY- Connie Ray Talks Jan Maynard!
by Nicole Rosky - April 3, 2013


The new American musical Hands on a Hardbody just celebrated opening night on March 21, at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street). Inspired by true events and based on the acclaimed 1997 documentary of the same name, the musical tells the story of ten Texans with dreams of changing their lives by winning a truck. BroadwayWorld recently chatted with the show's stars about bringing the stories of real people to life on the Broadway stage, and in the video below, Connie Ray discusses her real-life counterpart- Cindy Barnes.

TV Exclusive: The Real Contestants of HANDS ON A HARDBODY- Mary Gordon Murray Talks Virginia Drew!
by Nicole Rosky - April 4, 2013


The new American musical Hands on a Hardbody just celebrated opening night on March 21, at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street). Inspired by true events and based on the acclaimed 1997 documentary of the same name, the musical tells the story of ten Texans with dreams of changing their lives by winning a truck. BroadwayWorld recently chatted with the show's stars about bringing the stories of real people to life on the Broadway stage, and in the video below, Mary Gordon Murray discusses her real-life counterpart- Virginia Drew.

TV Exclusive: The Real Contestants of HANDS ON A HARDBODY- Keith Carradine Talks JD Drew!
by Nicole Rosky - March 31, 2013


The new American musical Hands on a Hardbody just celebrated opening night on March 21, at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street). Inspired by true events and based on the acclaimed 1997 documentary of the same name, the musical tells the story of ten Texans with dreams of changing their lives by winning a truck. BroadwayWorld recently chatted with the show's stars about bringing the stories of real people to life on the Broadway stage, and in the video below, Keith Carradine discusses his real-life counterpart- JD Drew.

TV Exclusive: The Real Contestants of HANDS ON A HARDBODY- Keala Settle Talks Norma Valverde!
by Nicole Rosky - March 30, 2013


The new American musical Hands on a Hardbody just celebrated opening night on March 21, at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street). Inspired by true events and based on the acclaimed 1997 documentary of the same name, the musical tells the story of ten Texans with dreams of changing their lives by winning a truck. BroadwayWorld recently chatted with the show's stars about bringing the stories of real people to life on the Broadway stage, and in the video below, Keala Settle discusses her real-life counterpart- Norma Valverde.

TV Exclusive: The Real Contestants of HANDS ON A HARDBODY- Dale Soules Talks Janis Curtis!
by Nicole Rosky - April 2, 2013


The new American musical Hands on a Hardbody just celebrated opening night on March 21, at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street). Inspired by true events and based on the acclaimed 1997 documentary of the same name, the musical tells the story of ten Texans with dreams of changing their lives by winning a truck. BroadwayWorld recently chatted with the show's stars about bringing the stories of real people to life on the Broadway stage, and in the video below, Dale Soules discusses her real-life counterpart- Janis Curtis.

TV Exclusive: The Real Contestants of HANDS ON A HARDBODY- Allison Case Talks Kelli Mangrum!
by Nicole Rosky - March 29, 2013


The new American musical Hands on a Hardbody just celebrated opening night on March 21, at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street). Inspired by true events and based on the acclaimed 1997 documentary of the same name, the musical tells the story of ten Texans with dreams of changing their lives by winning a truck. BroadwayWorld recently chatted with the show's stars about bringing the stories of real people to life on the Broadway stage, and in the video below, Allison Case discusses her real-life counterpart- Kelli Mangrum.

Twitter Watch: Hunter Foster- 'Barrack Obama Loves HANDS ON A HARDBODY'
by BWW - March 26, 2013


On Twitter Watch, Hunter Foster wrote ' What better way to start the day? A HARD boiled egg and tix to @HardbodyMusical! Come see our show!'

In the Spotlight Series: HANDS ON A HARDBODY's Creative Team
by Walter McBride - March 25, 2013


The new American musical Hands on a Hardbody just celebrated opening night on March 21, at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street). Check out phtoos of the creative team in the BroadwayWorld.com series 'In The Spotlight' by acclaimed photographer Walter McBride below!

TV: HANDS ON A HARDBODY Cast Talks Trucks, Texas and the American Dream on Opening Night!
by Nicole Rosky - March 24, 2013


The new American musical Hands on a Hardbody just celebrated opening night ON March 21, at Broadway's Brooks AtkinsonTheatre (256 West 47th Street). BroadwayWorld's own Richard Ridge was there for the festivities to chat with the cast and creative team about the new musical, and you can check out what they had to say below!

Hands on a Hardbody History

Other Productions of Hands on a Hardbody

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Hands on a Hardbody - 2013 Broadway Awards and Nominations

Note: Award winners will appear on a background
Year Ceremony Category Nominee
2013 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Book of a Musical Doug Wright
2013 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Choreography Sergio Trujillo
2013 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Keith Carradine
2013 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Keala Settle
2013 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Lyrics Amanda Green
2013 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Music Trey Anastasio
2013 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Musical 0
2013 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Orchestrations Don Hart
2013 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Orchestrations Trey Anastasio
2013 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical Steve Canyon Kennedy
2013 Outer Critics Circle Awards Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Keala Settle
2013 Outer Critics Circle Awards Outstanding New Broadway Musical 0
2013 Outer Critics Circle Awards Outstanding New Score (Broadway or Off-Broadway) 0
2013 Theatre World Awards Theatre World Award Keala Settle
2013 Tony Awards Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre Trey Anastasio
2013 Tony Awards Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre Amanda Green
2013 Tony Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical Keith Carradine
2013 Tony Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical Keala Settle

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