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Hands on a Hardbody - 2013 - Broadway

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.

Schedule

Brooks Atkinson Theatre (Broadway)

(New York, NY)
256 W. 47th St. Seating Chart

Featured Reviews For Hands on a Hardbody


Hope Is a Thing With Tires - New York Times
Although it's far from fully loaded in a conventional sense, this scrappy, sincere new musical brings a fresh, handmade feeling to Broadway, which mostly traffics in the machine tooled. (Last year's Tony winner "Once" was a notable exception.) Burrowing into the troubled hearts of its characters, it draws a cleareyed portrait of an America that's a far cry from the fantasyland of most commercial musicals. "Hands on a Hardbody" simply sings forth a story of endurance, hardship and the dimming American dream, which increasingly seems to hover on the distant horizon like some last-ditch motel whose neon lights are blinking out one by one.

Hands on a Hardbody: Theater Review - Hollywood Reporter
Given the static nature of the premise, director Neil Pepe and choreographer Sergio Trujillo do a remarkable job of injecting motion into the production as the contestants drop out one by one due to physical or mental exhaustion. The unpretentious integrity of the material, the straight-up presentation of the characters and the likable cast encourage you to root for them, yielding many affecting moments. However, the show seems stretched at two hours twenty; tightening it into a one-act might heighten its impact. But even if Broadway ends up being only a branding stop, this tender collection of hard-luck heartland stories should go on to become a popular regional entry.


 



 

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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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
by BroadwayWorld TV - 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.
by BroadwayWorld TV - 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.
by BroadwayWorld TV - 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.
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!
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!
by BroadwayWorld TV - 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.
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.
by BroadwayWorld TV - 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.
by BroadwayWorld TV - 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.
by BroadwayWorld TV - 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.
by BroadwayWorld TV - 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.