Hands on a Hardbody
by Doug Wright
Music and Lyrics by
Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green
Hands on a Hardbody, is a Tony Award winning Broadway musical that debuted at the Atkinson Theatre in March of 2013. It is based on the acclaimed 1997 documentary of the same name. Ten contestants will compete for several days in the brutal Texas heat, hoping to win this Nissan Hardbody pickup truck. All ten believe they need to win. All ten place one hand on the truck and must keep it there to win. The last one standing will drive the pickup home.
The music runs the gamut of American popular music from the late 20th century: country, pop, gospel, R&B, and rock-n-roll. A video highlighting several moments from the original cast recording session can be found below. It gives a good sense of the overall vibe of the show.