Despite closing on April 13 after 28 previews and 28 performances, the cast of Broadway's Hands on a Hardbody will head into the recording studio in May to lay down tracks for the musical's original cast album, which will be released in June via Ghostlight Records. Co-composer Trey Anastasio will produce the disc, with co-composer/lyricist Amanda Green serving as joint producer, and Kurt Deutsch as executive producer.
Based on true events and the acclaimed 1997 documentary by S.R. Bindler, the musical features a score by Green (Bring It On: The Musical) and Phish member Anastasio with a book by Pulitzer Prize winner Doug Wright (Grey Gardens). It is directed by Neil Pepe (Speed-the-Plow), with musical direction by Carmel Dean (American Idiot), and musical staging by Sergio Trujillo (Memphis).
Featured in the company are Keith Carradine (The Will Rogers Follies), Allison Case (Hair), 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).