UPDATE (6/13 11:50AM): The Hands On A Hardbody original cast recording will be released digitally on July 9 followed by a physical release on August 13 via Sh-K-Boom Records.
Earlier this week the track listing for the Hands On A Hardbody original cast recording surfaced. The Tony-nominated score was written by Broadway vet Amanda Green and Phish front man Trey Anastasio. Songs included in the show ranged from gospel (Joy Of The Lord) to ballads (I’m Gone) to rock (My Problem Right There). A few tunes have been played by Phish in concert, namely My Problem Right There and Burn That Bridge while some of Stronger is derived from the Phish song Joy.
As of April, the HOAHB cast recording was due in June, though label Sh-K-Boom Records lists “TBA” for the release date. Hands On A Hardbody ran on Broadway for a total of 56 performances before closing on April 13th. The musical is now expected to run at regional theaters such as St. Louis’s New Line Theatre which will show Hands On A Hardbody May 29 – June 21, 2014.
Here’s a look at the tracklisting and bonus track for the HOAHB original cast recording…
Phish front man Trey Anastasio’s first foray into Broadway may not have been a success at the box office, but he’s doing just fine on the Awards Season front. Not only is he up for Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards, today he scored a nomination for the big prize – A Tony Award.
Hands On A Hardbody, which features music penned by Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green, has been nominated in the Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre category. The shuttered musical also saw actress Keala Settle and actor Keith Carradine score Tony noms.
The Tony telecast will air on CBS June 9th at 8PM ET.
In other Phish news, JamBase.com has details of a new LivePhish release.
While Broadway musical Hands On A Hardbody didn’t last long on the Great White Way, the show has been holding its own in award season. Following a number of nominations for the Outer Circle Awards, Hands On A Hardbody has garned nine nods for the Drama Desk Awards. More specifically, Trey Anastasio – who penned the music for Hands On A Hardbody with Amanda Green – is up for the Outstanding Music Award as well as the Outstanding Orchestrations Award. Trey shares the nomination with Green for the former and with longtime collaborator Don Hart on the latter.
Hands On A Hardbody itself is up for the Outstanding Musical Award. Anastasio and Green face still competition in the Outstanding Music Award category including David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s Here Lies Love. The awards will be handed out at a ceremony in NYC on May 19th. We’ll see what happens tomorrow when noms for the Broadway Award Seasons biggest prize – The Tonys – are announced.
Green and Anastasio co-wrote the music for Hands On A Hardbody, which was based on a 1997 documentary of the same name. The musical ran for a total of 56 performances, with 28 during the preview period and 28 regular performances. The album is currently set for a June 2013 release.
After years of hard work and many re-writes and rejiggering, Hands On A Hardbody finally debuted on Broadway last month. Sadly, it’s run won’t last too long as the producers of the musical, which features music written by Phish front man Trey Anastasio and Broadway veteran Amanda Green, have announced that HoaHB will close following this Saturday’s performance according to a report from the New York Times.
It’s too bad because it was an entertaining musical, but we can see how the story of Texans fighting for the right to take home a truck didn’t translate to the Great White Way. As for Big Red, regardless of the show’s short run, he accomplished his dream of writing music for a Broadway musical and no one can take that away from him. It also received a rave review from the New York Times, something that can’t be said of many musicals.
Reports surfaced last week that the musical was in trouble as New York Post theater scribe Michael Riedel warned HoaHB was losing nearly a quarter million dollars a week in an article posted in late March. According to the Times, the musical only took in 22% of the maximum possible amount it could garner over last week’s eight performances. In all, Hands On A Hardbody will have run for a total of 56 performances – 28 previews and 28 regular showings. Want to see HoaHB before it closes? “Rush” tickets are available at the box office for $32 the day of the show at the Brooks Atkinson Theater.
Hands On A Hardbody, a musical featuring music by Phish front man Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green will open at the Brooks Atkinson Theater on Broadway on March 21st after a series of previews which begin on February 23rd. The musical is currently in “developmental lab” mode.
[Hands On A Hard Body Creative Team]
The musical is based on a 1997 documentary about an endurance contest in which the winner would get a new truck. The cast who took part in this spring’s Hands On A Hardbody showings at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego will return for the Broadway run, including Keith Carradine.
Phish front man Trey Anastasio has never hidden his love for musical theater that dates back to his childhood, when his mother would take the New Jersey native and his sister into the Big Apple regularly to see Broadway shows. Anastasio will see a dream of his come true during Broadway’s 2012-2013 season as Hands On A Hardbody – a musical featuring music co-written by Trey and Amanda Green – will bow on The Great White Way according to reports.
Hands On A Hardbody is currently in the middle of a run at the La Jolla Playhouse that is scheduled through June 17. More details on the musical’s Broadway run, including the theater, casting and performance dates will be announced soon.
Also of note, an article about Hands On A Hardbody from BroadwayWorld.com mentions that Trey’s forthcoming solo album is due “this fall.” Recording sessions for the album took place late last year and early this year at producer Peter Katis’s Tarquin Studios in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Members of The National, Mates of State, yMusic and Anastasio’s solo band were part of those sessions.
Phish front man Trey Anastasio’s first foray into the world of Broadway takes a major step on April 27, when Hands on a Hardbody, a musical he wrote with Amanda Green and Doug Wright debuts at the La Jolla Playhouse in La Jolla, California.
[Photos by Aidan Schultz-Meyer]
Hands on a Hardbody, which is based on a 1997 documentary of the same name, will run through June 10. Tickets for the run are currently available for subscribers, who will also get ducats to two other productions at the venue. Phish has previously performed both My Problem Right There and Burn That Bridge, which according to banter from Trey at Terminal 5 in February are in Hands On A Hardbody.