Phish’s Trey Anastasio, Hunter Foster, Stephanie J. Block, and more tell us their ultimate prize at the Broadway opening of Hands on a Hardbody.
In S.R. Bindler’s acclaimed 1997 documentary Hands on a Hard Body, Texans compete in a pre-reality show endurance test: They must keep one gloved hand on a truck for five days. The last man standing drives the truck home.
Written by Phish’s Trey Anastasio, Amanda Green, and Doug Wright, the Broadway musical adaptation features direction by Neil Pepe, choreography by Sergio Trujillo, musical direction by Carmel Dean, and the full cast from the show’s original run at La Jolla Playhouse: Tony Award nominee Keith Carradine (The Will Rogers Follies), Allison Case (Hair), Tony Award nominee Hunter Foster (Little Shop of Horrors), Jay Armstrong Johnson (Catch Me If You Can), David Larsen (American Idiot), Jacob Ming-Trent (Shrek The Musical), Kathleen Elizabeth Monteleone (Tales of the City), Mary Gordon Murray (Into the Woods), Jim Newman (Curtains), Connie Ray (Next Fall), Jon Rua (In the Heights), Keala Settle (Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Dale Soules (Grey Gardens), Scott Wakefield (Ring of Fire), and William Youmans (Wicked).
We spoke with the cast, creative team, and special guests at Roseland Ballroom following opening night of Hands on a Hardbody on March 21 about what would convince them/i> to stand in the Texas sun for five days.