Hands on a Hardbody
Sometimes you know why a show a hit or a flop. Maybe the stars just aren't aligned for success. It may be that a show is better suited for regional theater than the Broadway stage. That may be particularly true of "small town" or those country tinged shows that may not appeal to a more urban audience.
That's my take on what happened with Hands of a Hardbody, a musical based on the 1997 documentary documenting an endurance competition that took place in Longview, Texas. The yearly competition pits contestants against each other to see who can keep their hand on a pickup truck for the longest amount of time. Whoever endures the longest without leaning on the truck or squatting wins the truck. During the musical we learn the backstories of the 10 contestants and the reasons why they really, really, REALLY want that truck.
Music Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green
Lyrics Amanda Green
Book Doug Wright
Basis Hands on a Hard Body: The Documentary