Hands On A Hardbody (Feb. 2019)

Performances: Feb. 1, 2, 8, 9, 10*, 15, 16, 17*, 22 & 23, 2019
Curtain Time: 8 p.m.
*Feb. 10 & 17 are special 2:00 pm Sunday matinees!
Auditions: November 11 & 12 @ 7 pm
Directed by: Will C. Crosby
Musical Direction by: Bridget Jankowski
Choreography by: Mo Martin

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

NORTHEAST OHIO PREMIER
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.

Based on the real life contest in Texas and the award winning documentary that followed, the musical unfolds as the audience meets 10 down on their luck Texans who entered a contest at a car dealership to see who can keep their hands on a Nissan truck “hardbody” the longest.  The last man or woman standing while touching the truck gets to keep it.  While to many of the people watching it’s just a contest, to many of the actual contestants involved, the truck has the potential to change their life. The players include boastful former winner Benny (Josh Larkin), Jesus-loving Norma (Jessica DeFrange), injured and out-of-work J.D. (Mark H. Durbin) and his devoted wife Virginia (Sharon Lloyd), hopeful dreamers Kelli and Greg (Korinne Carroll Courtwright and Kyle Burnett), sexy schemer Heather (Brooke Lytton), tough and funny Janis (Shelly Palumbo) and her biggest supporter husband Don (Elliott Ingersoll), hard-working Tex Mex Jesus (Santino Palma), troubled Marine Chris (Noah Meaux), boastful ladies’ man Ronald (Adam Clifford Harris), sketchy dealership manager Mike (Sean Donovan), ex-beauty queen PR person Cindy (Jennifer Ranaudo Kubinski) and radio announcer Frank (Jacob Schafer.).

Nominated for 3 Tony Awards and 10 Drama Desk Awards during its 2013 Broadway run, this is a feel-good musical that will leave you humming and cheering for your favorite contestants.

Featuring the actual truck from the Broadway production!

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