Minneapolis Musical Theater returns to the proverbial stage this spring with “Hands on a Hardbody.” The musical, about 10 unlucky Texans vying to win a new pickup truck in a radio contest, will be produced at the Luther Cadillac showroom (2325 Prior Ave N in Roseville, MN) from April 22 through April 8. May 2022. Tickets ($10 to $45) are on sale now at www.aboutmmt.org.
Following the success of MMT’s past productions at non-traditional venues – “High Fidelity” at Electric Fetus in 2018 and “Daddy Long Legs” at the James J. Hill House in 2020 – MMT is grateful to Luther Automotive for another opportunity to to bring a unique theatrical experience to audiences in the Twin Cities.
“The past two years have taken a toll on everyone for a myriad of reasons, and while the specific circumstances of ‘Hands on a Hardbody’ are different, I think audiences will find a kinship with these characters,” says Joe , artistic director of MMT. Henden. “They’re all hoping for a better life – whatever that means to them. The characters, the music – it’s a wonderful slice of Americana that explores our common humanity. In a nutshell – it’s about hope.”
“Hands on a Hardbody” features book by Doug Wright, lyrics by Amanda Green, and music by Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green. It is inspired by the actual events of the acclaimed 1997 documentary of the same name by SR Bindler, produced by Kevin Morris and Bindler. MMT’s production will be directed by Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha (“Be More Chill”, “High Fidelity”, “Leap of Faith”) with musical direction by Jean Orbison Van Heel (“Daddy Long Legs”, “Night of the Living Dead! The Musical!”) and choreography by Abbi Fern (“Lizzie”, “Be More Chill”, “High Fidelity”).
The cast of “Hands on a Hardbody” includes:
Christy Johnson in her MMT debut – playing Norma Valverde
Jenny Ramirez in her MMT debut – playing Janis Curtis
Brandon Cayetano, previously seen with MMT in “Minne-Musicals” – playing Jesús Peña
Christian Unser, former artistic director of MMT and last seen with MMT in “Minne-Musicals” and “Night of the Living Dead! The Musical” – playing JD Drew
Marie Finch-Koinuma, making her MMT debut – playing Kelly Mangrum
James Lane, making his MMT debut – playing Benny Perkins
Emily Rosenberg, making her MMT debut – playing Greg Wilhote
Kyle Doherty, making his MMT debut – playing Chris Alvaro
Roland Hawkins II, making his MMT debut – playing Ronald McCowan
Cassie Utt, making her MMT debut – Heather Stovall
Aly O’Keeffe, last seen with MMT in “Minne-Musicals” and “Night of the Living Dead! The Musical” – playing Virginia Drew
Gianna Schiller, last seen with MMT in ‘High Fidelity’ – playing Cindy Barnes
John Goodrich, making his MMT debut – playing Frank Nugent
Steven Ramirez, making his MMT debut – playing Don Curtis/Dr. Stokes
Charlie Morgan, last seen with MMT in “High Fidelity” – playing Mike Ferris
Elyssa Bickford, making her MMT debut – playing an Ensemble member
Anissa Lubbers, previously seen with MMT in “Minne-Musicals” – playing an Ensemble member
Keaton Lane, making his MMT debut – playing an Ensemble member
The Broadway production was nominated for several awards in 2013, including three 2013 Tony Awards, including Best Original Score, 2013, nine 2013 Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Musical, Book, Music and Lyrics, and three 2013 Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Outstanding New Broadway Musical and Outstanding New Score. HANDS ON A HARDBODY is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals. www.concordtheatricals.com