A new musical based on the 1997 documentary of the same name.
Comments from published critics
‘‘‘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.’’
‘‘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.’’
‘‘Exuberant choral work stands out. Ditto the wistful ‘If I Had This Truck’ and nostalgic ‘Used to Be,’ which find the competitors looking forward and backward on their lives.’’
‘‘The skillful score, by Trey Anastasio of the indie jam-band Phish (music) and Amanda Green (music and lyrics), locks into a bluesy country-rock vibe early and hugs it tight.’’
‘‘There is a forceful empowerment number called ‘Stronger’ that's fabulously well performed by a very solid cast, highlighted by [Keala] Settle, whose performance is surely of premium octane…’’