Hands on a Hardbody

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Hands on a Hardbody

Full-Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy  /  6f, 9m

Book by Doug Wright / Lyrics by Amanda Green / Music by Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green

10 contestants. 4 days. 1 truck. Inspired by true events, and infused with a "fresh roots-rock vibe," this is the hilarious, hard-fought contest where only one winner can drive away with the American dream.

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    6f, 9m
  • Duration
    Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Adaptations (Stage & Screen)
  • Suggested Use
    Suggested Use
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult, Senior, Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)
Accolades
Accolades
  • Nominee: Three 2013 Tony Awards, including Best Original Score, 2013
    Nominee: Nine 2013 Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Musical, Book, Music and Lyrics
    Nominee: Three 2013 Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Outstanding New Broadway Musical and Outstanding New Score
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Hands on a Hardbody

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Summary

For 10 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. Inspired by the true events of the acclaimed 1997 documentary of the same name by S.R. Bindler, produced by Kevin Morris and Bindler.

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History

Hands on a Hardbody premiered on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in New York City on March 21, 2013. Directed by Neil Pepe, the production featured Keala Settle, Keith Carradine, Hunter Foster, Jay Armstrong Johnson and Dale Soules. The musical was previously presented by by La Jolla Playhouse in La Jolla, California, on June 6, 2012, also directed by Mr. Pepe.

Cast Attributes
  • Ensemble cast
  • Multicultural casting
Performing Groups
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Outdoor
  • Large Stage

JD DREW: Male, 60 (Range: Baritone, G2-D4)
A “good old boy” with pomaded gray hair and a highwattage grin.
KELLI MANGRUM: Female, 22 (Range: Mezzo-Soprano, A3-E5)
A pretty brunette with steel ambition.
BENNY PERKINS: Male, Mid 40’s (Range: Tenor, C#3-G#4)
Lanky frame, weatherbeaten face, ingratiating grin and lots of homespun philosophy.
GREG WILHOTE: Male, Early 20’s (Range: Tenor, D3-B4)
A freckled white kid in a baseball cap.
JESUS PENA: Male, 20’s (Range: Tenor, E3-B4)
A driven Mexican kid.
CHRIS ALVARO: Male, 20’s (Range: Tenor, Ab2-Ab4)
Well-built under his hoodie, a pair of aviator glasses conceal his eyes.
RONALD MCCOWAN: Male, 35 (Range: Tenor, F3-B4)
A goodnatured African-American with a slight Louisiana accent.
HEATHER STOVALL: Female, 29 (Range: Mezzo-Soprano, A3-D#5)
A flirtatious blonde restaurant hostess.
VIRGINIA DREW: Female, Mid 50’s (Range: Mezzo-Soprano, G3-C5)
A one-time beauty settling into middle-age.
MIKE FERRIS: Male, Late 30’s (Range: Tenor, Eb3-Bb4)
Boyishly handsome, wears a cheap tie with a Nascar clip.
CINDY BARNES: Female, 34-50 (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible)
Former Miss Gregg County, still fond of pageant hair and pastels.
NORMA VALVERDE: Female, 35-45 (Range: Low Mezzo, D3-G5)
A stout Latina woman in tennis shoes and a floral applique t-shirt.
JANIS CURTIS: Female, Mid 60’s (Range: Low Mezzo, D3-Bb4)
A tough old bird with sun-burnished skin and missing teeth.
DON CURTIS: Male, Mid 60’s (Range: Baritone, A2-Bb3)
Wears a cardboard sign on his head that proclaims “I LOVE YOU JANIS, GO BABY GO!"
FRANK NUGENT: Male, Mid 50’s (Range: Bari-Tenor, Eb3-Gb4)
Disc Jockey, a diehard good ole boy dressed in a Stetson.
DOCTOR STOKES: Male, Age Flexible (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible)
A professor from LeTourneau University.
BRAND NEW, NISSAN HARDBODY TRUCK
Rendered realistically; it should have corporeality, heft and an alluring, shiny red finish.

NOTE: Despite their colorful eccentricities and regional turns of phrase, the characters in our story are inspired by very real people. They should not be played broadly, or with an implied "wink." Rather, they should be acted with integrity, with full regard for their ardent hopes, heart-breaking foibles and core decency.

  • Time Period Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century, 1990s
  • Setting A car dealership in Longview, Texas.
  • Features Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
  • Duration More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Cautions
    • Strong Language
    • Mild Adult Themes

Media

“Hands down, it's musical theatre heaven!” – New York Magazine

“You can hear the sound of America singing in this daring new musical.” – The New York Times, Read More

“Completely, satisfyingly right!” – Wall Street Journal, Read More

“Hands down it's musical theatre heaven!” – New York Magazine, Read More

“Well, if the run isn’t extended due to sales being through the roof, then something is terribly wrong with the world. This is a spectacular theatrical production and should be seen by everyone in town.” – The Sappy Critic, Read More

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Videos

  • The Story of Hands on a Hardbody

  • The Creation of Hands on a Hardbody

  • The Music of Hands on a Hardbody

  • Producing Hands on a Hardbody

  • Green & Johnson - "I'm Gone"

  • Amanda Green discusses "I'm Gone"

  • Quote Montage

  • What Do You Stand For?

  • What is a Hardbody?

  • The Driving Force Behind Hands on a Hardbody

  • Behind the Soundtrack

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Music

Song Samples

Human Drama Kind of Thing
If I Had This Truck
If She Don't Sleep
My Problem Right There
Alone With Me
Burn That Bridge
I'm Gone
Joy of the Lord
Stronger
Hunt with the Big Dogs
Hands on a Hardbody
Born in Laredo
Alone With Me (Reprise)
It's a Fix
Used to Be
It's a Fix (Reprise)
God Answered My Prayers
Joy to the Lord (Reprise)
Keep Your Hands On It
  • Musical StylePop/Rock, Country/Western
  • Vocal DemandsModerate
  • Orchestra SizeMedium
  • Chorus SizeNo Chorus

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Authors

Doug Wright

Doug Wright’s play Quills premiered at Washington, D.C.'s Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in 1995 and subsequently had its debut Off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop. Quills garnered the 1995 Kesselring Prize for Best New American Play from the National Arts Club and, for ...
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Amanda Green

Amanda Green is a Tony-nominated lyricist/composer.  She is the recipient of the 2013 Frederic Loewe Award from the Dramatists Guild (with collaborator Trey Anastasio) for her music for Hands On A Hardbody (lyricist; co-composer), one of two new musicals she premiered on Broa ...
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Trey Anastasio

Sometimes it’s tempting to reflect on the road not taken. But while most of us regard a fork in the road as an either/or proposition – left or right? – Trey Anastasio instead sees a convergence of opportunities.  Traveler, the new solo album that he co-produced with Peter Kat ...
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