HANDS ON A HARDBODY Receives Tony Award® Nominations

04/30/2013 —The Tony Awards
Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green were nominated for a Tony Award® for Best Original Score for HANDS ON A HARDBODY. Keith Carradine was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical, and Keala Settle was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical. The annual awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, June 9, 2013.

HANDS ON A HARD BODY: "A True Spectacle... Just What You'd Expect From the Best of Broadway"

04/17/2013 —Tana Hoy Accurate Psychic Readings
There's something special about watching this cast work together and belt it out. The set is spectacular and the love and dedication shines through.


04/01/2013 —New York Times
Allison Case and Jay Armstrong Johnson, accompanied by Trey Anastasio on guitar, sing “I’m Gone” from the new Broadway musical.

Doug Wright on Watching the Audience React: “A Rustled Candy Wrapper Stings Me Like a Slap in the Face”

03/29/2013 —Vanity Fair
He’s written musicals; he’s written plays. He’s won a Tony® and a Pulitzer. Just when it seemed as though Doug Wright could not top Doug Wright, his new musical—HANDS ON A HARDBODY—debuted on Broadway.

Meet the Real-Life HANDS ON A HARDBODY Contestants Who Inspired the Musical

03/21/2013 —
HANDS ON A HARDBODY officially cruised onto the Great White Way on March 21, and chatted with the real contestants the new musical is based on. Find out what they thought of stars Hunter Foster, Keith Carradine and more!

HANDS ON A HARDBODY Cast Celebrates Opening Night with Real-Life Counterparts!

03/22/2013 —Broadway World
The new American musical HANDS ON A HARDBODY just celebrated opening night last night, March 21, at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre. 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.

Online Exclusive: Jay Armstrong Johnson

03/21/2013 —The Last Magazine
There’s a moment halfway through the second act of HANDS ON A HARDBODY, the new musical opening on Broadway tonight, that regularly raises a smattering of cheers from the audience. It’s not an acrobatic bit of choreography, or a particularly exhausting patter song, but a simple leap from the stage.

The Re-Greening of Broadway: Show of Hands for Amanda

03/20/2013 —New York Observer
“It seems like a straight line,” Amanda Green told Harry Haun of the New York Observer, “but actually it was a very squiggly line that got me to where I am today.”

At the Corner of Broadway and Phish

03/14/2013 —The New York Times
Trey Anastasio isn't your typical Broadway composer, but since he joined those ranks with HANDS ON A HARDBODY as a co-composer of the country- and roots-rock-inflected score, the project took off, as well as his dreams of Broadway.

How Phish’s Trey Anastasio Became a Debut Broadway Composer

03/14/2013 —The Washington Post
To get his latest gig, Phish founder Trey Anastasio successfully wooed Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Doug Wright over a plate of enchiladas, turning the 1997 documentary HANDS ON A HARDBODY into a stage musical. Interviews Keala Settle of HANDS ON A HARDBODY

03/14/2013 —
Get to know Keala Settle, currently delivering a driving performance onstage at HANDS ON A HARDBODY on Broadway!

Trey Anastasio on His Broadway Debut

03/10/2013 —CBS Sunday Morning
Writing a musical is a daunting hands-on experience for even the most accomplished Broadway composer, let alone a newcomer. Not so daunting, however, that an iconic rock music figure wasn't willing to give it a go. Anthony Mason takes CBS Sunday Morning backstage with Trey Anastasio of HANDS ON A HARDBODY.

HANDS ON A HARDBODY Star Hunter Foster Sings of a Truck in Texas

03/10/2013 —
The concept behind HANDS ON A HARDBODY almost sounds like a drama class exercise created by a particularly tough teacher: Write a musical in which the main characters are each rooted to one spot for the entirety of a story.

HANDS ON A HARDBODY's Real-Life Ride From Cutthroat Competition to Broadway Musical

03/08/2013 —
A contest at an auto dealership isn’t typical for a Broadway musical, but HANDS ON A HARDBODY has a truckload of heart. Find out the real-life story behind this new musical, and follow the journey from a Texas car lot to the Broadway stage.

DIVA TALK: A Chat With Keala Settle

03/08/2013 —
The big-voiced singing actress Keala Settle, who made her Broadway debut in Priscilla Queen of the Desert, is back on The Great White Way in the new musical HANDS ON A HARDBODY.

Jay Armstrong Johnson Shows Off Lone Star Love Backstage at HANDS ON A HARDBODY

03/05/2013 —
Ever wonder what HANDS ON A HARDBODY star Jay Armstrong Johnson does during his downtime? Read on for an exclusive peek backstage!

Hunter Foster on the Real-Life Story Behind HANDS ON A HARDBODY and More

03/04/2013 —
Tony® nominee Hunter Foster has established himself as a leading man who follows his heart. Now he is back on the boards as real-life contestant Benny Perkins in HANDS ON A HARDBODY, the new musical based on a documentary that follows a group of Texans who must keep their hands on a Nissan truck in order to win it.

How a Documentary About a Car Contest Became a Broadway Musical

03/03/2013 —
It’s fair to say that most people watching a documentary film about a contest to win a truck wouldn’t think, "That’s a Broadway musical!" But that’s just what popped into the mind of Doug Wright, book writer of the new musical HANDS ON A HARDBODY.

Phish's Trey Anastasio Steers From Concert Jam Man to Broadway Songwriter

02/23/2013 —
Broadway veterans Amanda Green and Doug Wright helped Phish frontman Trey Anastasio finally get his hands on a musical. Learn about his Broadway composing debut with HANDS ON A HARDBODY.

Spring Theater Preview: HANDS ON A HARDBODY's Star Vehicle

02/23/2013 —New York Magazine
In a play about ten people competing to win a truck, the truck itself is perhaps the most important, and certainly the biggest, character onstage. Set designer Christine Jones talks about bringing a 2001 Nissan pickup alive onstage.

New Musical HANDS ON A HARDBODY Drives Onto Broadway

02/23/2013 —
Rev that engine! HANDS ON A HARDBODY began preview performances on February 23 at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Opening night for the new musical, which stars Hunter Foster and Keith Carradine, is scheduled for March 21.

HANDS ON A HARDBODY Keeps on Truckin' and is All Revved Up for Broadway Debut

02/22/2013 —Daily News
The new American musical HANDS ON A HARDBODY will begin preview performances this Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 8pm at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street), with an official opening night of Thursday, March 21, 2013.

HARDBODY Broadway Bound: Documentary as Musical Theater

02/22/2013 —
S.R. Bindler and Kevin Morris reflect on their journey with HANDS ON A HARDBODY, from film to stage.

Hard Times Come Again, With Song

02/21/2013 —The New York Times
The working classes are front and center in HANDS ON A HARDBODY, which depicts a group of financially burdened men and women competing to win a truck, bringing real-world problems like chronic unemployment, financial distress and the collapse of manufacturing to the Broadway stage.

All Hands on Deck! Exclusive Photos of HANDS ON A HARDBODY in Rehearsal

02/20/2013 — photographer Jenny Anderson went behind the scenes with HANDS ON A HARDBODY stars Hunter Foster, Keith Carradine, Allison Case and the cast at Foxwoods Rehearsal Studios as they prepare for opening night on March 21!

Tickets Now On Sale for Broadway's HANDS ON A HARDBODY, Starring Hunter Foster & Keith Carradine

01/26/2013 —
Let the contest begin! Tickets are now on sale for the new musical adaptation of HANDS ON A HARDBODY, directed by Neil Pepe. The musical features music by Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green, lyrics by Green and a book by Doug Wright. The production will begin previews February 23, with an official opening night set for March 21 at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

HANDS ON A HARDBODY Sets Broadway Opening Date

10/02/2012 —The New York Times
HANDS ON A HARDBODY, about a group of Texans in an endurance contest to win a new truck, will begin preview performances on Feb. 23 at the Brooks Atkinson Theater and open on Mar. 21, the producers said on Tuesday. The Broadway cast will be the same performers from last spring’s production of HANDS ON A HARDBODY at La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego.

Broadway's HANDS ON A HARDBODY Enlists Sergio Trujillo for Musical Staging

09/21/2012 —
Sergio Trujillo, one of the busiest theatre choreographers working today, has added the Broadway musical HANDS ON A HARDBODY to his plate.

Phish Frontman Trey Anastasio Brings HANDS ON A HARDBODY Musical to Broadway

05/29/2012 —The Gothamist
The fascinating documentary Hands on a Hard Body has been adapted into a rock musical by Phish frontman Trey Anastasio and others. Following a run at the La Jolla Playhouse in California, the musical will make the jump to Broadway in the 2012-2013 season.
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