Tuesday 04/30/2013 by J_D_G


Weak ticket sales prompted a quick hook for the show, but Hands on A Hardbody is starting strong in the Broadway awards season. This morning, Trey captured a Tony nomination in his first foray into writing for the stage, sharing a nod for Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Stage with Amanda Green. (Amanda wrote the lyrics, while the two share credit for the music). While it's not a part of this particular award, Trey also is credited with writing the orchestrations (along with old partner Don Hart), a big part of the overal musical effect.

Two Hardbody cast members came away with Tony nominations as well—Keith Carradine (the hard-luck oil refinery worker who makes a strong bid to win the hardbody contest) and Keala Settle (religiously devoted Norma, who leads "Joy of the Lord," cited by many show-goers as the highlight of the production) are up for Best Featured Actor and Actress in a Musical, respectively.

This morning's Tony nominations came one day after the show captured nine Drama Desk award nominations, tying with Giant for highest total this year. Among those nominations are Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Music (for Trey and Amanda), Outstanding Lyrics (for Amanda), Outstanding Book (for show-conceiver Doug Wright) and Outstanding Orchestrations (for Trey and Don Wright), as well as additional nods for Carradine and Settle.

The Tony Awards will be broadcast live on CBS on Sunday, June 9.

See Phish.net's review of Hands on a Hardbody here.

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, comment by Mikesgroover
Mikesgroover It's worth noting Trey's going up against Cyndi Lauper, who's also nominated in the same category. Never could have imagined that anyone would lump Trey and the woman who sang "She Bop" into the same category.
, comment by MiguelSanchez
MiguelSanchez go trey!!
, comment by MiguelSanchez
MiguelSanchez he can put the tony next to his jammy!!
, comment by _SleepingMonkey_
_SleepingMonkey_ Good Work Trey! Now back to a Phish record!
, comment by forbin1
forbin1 You could tell he was real proud of Hands on a Hardbody..good for him...hope you bring the Tony home...
, comment by TwiceBitten
TwiceBitten well, this will surely make him feel a little bit better about the show closing.
, comment by 1John56
1John56 Trey has won a Tony award from TAB bassist Tony Markellis every year since 1999. Why is this news?
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