Hands on a Hardbody

Hands on a Hardbody

by  Doug Wright, Trey Anastasio, Amanda Green

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

Nominee! 3 Tony Awards, including Best Original Score, 2013
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. 10 contestants. 4 days. 1 truck.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    9m, 6f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Stage & Screen)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Broadway
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

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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Accolades

  • Nominee! 2013 Outer Critics Circle Award, Outstanding New Broadway Musical
    Nominee! 2013 Outer Critics Circle Award, Outstanding New Score
    Nominee! 2013 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Musical
    Nominee! 2013 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Music
    Nominee! 2013 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Lyrics
    Nominee! 2013 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Book of a Musical
    Nominee! 3 Tony Awards, including Best Original Score, 2013

Reviews

REVIEWS:

"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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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Outdoor
  • Large Stage

Cautions

  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

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Production

Details

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

Music

  • Musical Style: Pop/Rock, Country/Western
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Medium
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Song Samples

Human Drama Kind of Thing
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If I Had This Truck
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If She Don't Sleep
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My Problem Right There
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Alone With Me
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Burn That Bridge
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I'm Gone
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Joy of the Lord
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Stronger
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Hunt with the Big Dogs
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Hands on a Hardbody
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Born in Laredo
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Alone With Me (Reprise)
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It's a Fix
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Used to Be
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It's a Fix (Reprise)
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God Answered My Prayers
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Joy to the Lord (Reprise)
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Keep Your Hands On It
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Casting

9m, 6f

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.

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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Multicultural casting

Casting Notes

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.

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1 Conductor/Keyboard I
15 Vocal Chorus Books

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Guitar II
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Cello
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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 Wright, a 1996 Village Voice Obie Award for ...

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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 Katis (The National, Interpol, Jónsi), mar ...

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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 ...

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Hands on a Hardbody was first presented on Broadway by 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, and Off The Aisle Productions/Freitag-Mishkin at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in New York City on March 21, 2013. The musical was previously presented by by La Jolla Playhouse in La Jolla, California, on June 6, 2012.  It was also directed by Mr. Pepe.

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