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Hands on a HardbodyThe company of Hands on a Hardbody perform "If I Had This Truck."

Spotlight On: Hands on a Hardbody

A new musical inspired by true events about a hilarious, hard-fought contest in which only one winner can drive away with the American Dream.

Hands on a Hardbody


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 hard-fought contest that is Hands on a Hardbody, only one winner can drive away with the American Dream.


Spotlight on: Hands on a Hardbody (musical)
Opening Night - March 21 2013
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  • This is one of the few musicals in Broadway history to be based on a cinematic documentary.
  • The yearly competition depicted in the show pits 24 contestants against each other to see who can keep their hand on a pickup truck for the longest amount of time. Whoever endures the longest without leaning on the truck or squatting wins the truck.


Based on the 1997 documentary film of the same title, Hands on a Hardbody was commissioned by California’s La Jolla Playhouse where it was staged in April, 2012. This new musical features a book by Doug Wright, the Tony Award-winning playwright of I Am My Own Wife and lyrics by Amanda Green (also represented this season by Bring it On: The Musical). The music is by Trey Anastasio, who is the lead vocalist and guitarist of the rock band Phish, and Amanda Green.


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