Thursday 02/10/2011 by jackl


"Hands on a Hardbody", a new musical Trey and songwriter Amanda Green ("Burn that Bridge", "Summer of 89", "My Problem Right There") collaborated on for the music, will be opening in Manhattan in March for a three-week run. The show is produced by the La Jolla (California) Playhouse company and directed by Neil Pepe.

According to the article on the show biz site, the musical is based on a documentary about contestants trying to win a hardbody truck by being the last person standing with his hands on the truck, like the Survivor immunity challenges.  The producers casting the show are looking for singers who "should have authentic, skilled country/folk voices and genuine acting chops. It is a strong ensemble piece."

'The varied characters include a Texas disc jockey who has a garage band; a manager at a car dealership; a returning champ who spins tall tales; an aging ex-oil rigger; a Louisiana ladies' man; an Iraq war vet; a young, unemployed oddball; a long-haul trucker, a poor man with a loving wife and eight kids; a psychology professor who is an expert on sleep deprivation; a soft-spoken Latino kid who aspires to college; a female marketing director at the local Nissan dealership; a tomboy who can belt to a D; a middle-aged woman of faith; and a former cheerleader."

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, comment by Icculus
Icculus I'd fly 2500 miles to see Fish in any of these roles.
, comment by jackl
jackl LOL
, comment by Lemuria
Lemuria Yeah, but for which role will you be auditioning, "Icculus"?? My money's on "returning champ who spins tall tales".
, comment by 757phan
757phan This would be an awesome thing to go to. I remember thinking during the International Meatstick Extravaganza on NYE I remember thinking how theatrical like the whole deal was. Does that mean Trey is working on this musical right before and during his tour? Very cool of him if that is the case. Thanks for posting this.

*Edit: You mean the Summer of '89. Is that in the musical as well? I liked reading on the site that Burn That Bridge and My Problem Right There were both in the musical.
, comment by jackl
jackl Thanks for the edit, @757phan! Easy to let miss typos when blogging! It is cool that Trey is collaborating on a musical score, especially something as "quirky" as the subject matter of this play. I hope it sees the light of day and we can get to see the whole production sometime.
, comment by MrBlood
MrBlood If you haven't seen this documentary, you should. It is really, really good. That being said, this might be one of the most bizarre musicals ever made.
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March 20, 1992
26 years ago
Broome County Forum

Set 1: Wilson > Reba, Brother[1], Glide > Rift, Fluffhead > Maze, The Lizards, Mound > Run Like an Antelope[2]

Set 2: Mike's Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove[3], Sanity[4], The Sloth, The Mango Song > Cavern, Uncle Pen, Harry Hood, Cold as Ice > Terrapin[5] > Cold as Ice, Possum > Secret Language Instructions[6] > Possum[7]

Encore: Lawn Boy, Fire

[1] Lyric changed to reference "alligator pit."
[2] Fish on trombone and Simpsons signal.
[3] Oom Pa Pa and Random Note signals.
[4] Band and crew nicknames shouted in intro. More names mentioned in ending vocal jam.
[5] Fish on Bag-Vac.
[6] Simpsons, Random Note, Turn Turn Turn, and All Fall Down signals introduced with Bowie being played in background.
[7] Two Simpsons signals and an All Fall Down signal.

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