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Hands on a Hardbody Cast & Creative

For ten 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.

This show is closed.

Performances ended on Apr. 13, 2013.

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About Hands on a Hardbody

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.


Kelli Mangrum
Hunter Foster
Benny Perkins
David Larsen
Chris Alvaro
Jacob Ming-Trent
Ronald McCowan
Mary Gordon Murray
Virginia Drew
Jim Newman
Mike Ferris
Connie Ray
Cindy Barnes
Jon Rua
Jesus Pena
Norma Valverde
Dale Soules
Janis Curtis
Scott Wakefield
Frank Nugent
Don Curtis/Dr. Stokes


Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green
Amanda Green
Doug Wright
Neil Pepe
Sergio Trujillo
Set Designer
Christine Jones
Costume Designer
Susan Hilferty
Lighting Designer
Kevin Adams
Sound Designer
Steve Kennedy
Trey Anastasio and Don Hart
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