What Is the Story of Hands on a Hardbody?
Set on a sweltering Nissan car lot, Hands on a Hardbody tells the story of 10 working-class Texans who would do anything to win a new pick-up truck. Based on a real contest in Longview, Texas, the musical's competitors must stand in the sun for days on end with their hands on the truck—and the last person standing is the winner. We’re introduced to Kelli Mangrum, a dreamer who wants to sell the truck to move to L.A.; J.D. Drew, the oldest contestant; Norma Valverde, who relies on her faith in God to make it through the competition; and Benny Perkins, who has already won the contest once before, and more. As the battle for the truck continues for days, Hands on a Hardbody is an uplifting musical about fighting for a piece of the American dream.
‘Hands on a Hardbody,’ a seemingly far-fetched stage show based on a documentary that features songs co-written by Phish frontman Trey Anastasio, stars a modified Aztec red Nissan. By the end of the show, you'll swear that truck can dance.Review by Mark Kennedy from Associated Press
The unpretentious integrity of the material, the straight-up presentation of the characters and the likable cast encourage you to root for them, yielding many affecting moments.Review by David Rooney from Hollywood Reporter
What Is Hands on a Hardbody Like?
Featuring a catchy combination of blues, rhythm and blues and country songs co-written by Amanda Green and Phish frontman Trey Anastasio, Hands on a Hardbody is a peek into the lives of 10 Texans with very different dreams. With creative choreography by Sergio Trujillo, the musical features a bright red truck that cast members dance on and wheel across the stage throughout the show. This is a feel-good musical that will leave you humming and cheering for your favorite contestants.
Is Hands on a Hardbody Good For Kids?
With a few references to drug use and the occasional swear word, Hardbody is appropriate for most older kids and teens. The musical is likely to go over the heads of younger children, so hire a babysitter for your little ones.