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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.

Theatre: Brooks Atkinson Theatre
Opening Night: March 21 2013

Producers: Broadway Across America - Beth Williams, Barbara Whitman/Latitude Link, Dede Harris/Sharon Karmazin, Howard & Janet Kagan, John & Claire Caudwell, Rough Edged Souls, Joyce Primm Schweickert, Paula Black/Bruce Long, Off The Aisle Productions/Freitag-Mishkin, La Jolla Playhouse

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3 Nominations

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

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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.


  • 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.

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