Overview


Synopsis

For ten Texans who are down on their luck, the chance at a new life is only fifty-some hours and a hardbody truck away. Based on the real-life “Hands on a Hard Body Contest,” chronicled in the 1997 documentary Hands on a Hardbody, this all-American musical tells the story of a small-town Texas endurance contest, where the contestant who keeps their hands on a truck the longest, gets to keep the truck. With tuneful country-rock melodies and soulful lyrics by Phish’s Amanda Green and Trey Anastasio, Hands on a Hardbody explores a diverse cross-section of a small-town Texas community and the trials they’ll endure for a chance to win a Nissan hardbody truck. From Jesus-loving Norma Valverde and injured and out-of-work J.D. to boastful former winner Benny and hopeful dreamer Kelli, each character has their own vision for the realization of their American Dream -- and they’ll keep their hands on it as long as they can.


Characters

Male

Lead

Baritone

Male

Lead

Tenor

Female

Supporting

Mezzo-Soprano



Show Information

Lyrics
Category
Number of Acts
2 Acts
First Produced
2013
Genres
Settings
Unit/Single Set
Time & Place
1990s, a nissan dealership in longview, texas
Cast Size
Orchestra Size
Rock Combo
Dancing
Musical Staging
Licensor
Ideal For
ensemble cast, young characters, older characters, diverse cast, community theatre, regional theatre
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes mature adult, young adult, adult characters

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