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'Hands on a Hardbody' to close on Broadway

After just 28 regular shows and 28 previews, Hands on a Hardbody is closing on Broadway, the show’s producers announced Monday. The musical, scored by Phish frontman Trey Anastasio, opened at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on March 21 and will play its last performance on April 13. The show is based on the 1997 documentary film of the same name, which followed the stories of people competing to win a Nissan pickup truck at a car dealership in Texas.

While the week after its debut ticket sales climbed 52 percent, last week’s box office total for Hands on a Hardbody was just $321,043 — just 30 percent of the show’s potential earnings and reportedly below its weekly operating costs.

This Week on Stage: 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' and 'Hands on a Hardbody' hit Broadway

The Broadway theater season is heading for the home stretch, with more than a dozen shows slated to open before the late-April deadline for this year’s Tony Awards. This week, the curtain officially rose on two adaptations of big-screen dramas (click on the links below to read our full reviews):

Breakfast at Tiffany’s Emilia Clarke, the Khaleesi from HBO’s Game of Thrones, could have used some dragons in Richard Greenberg’s stage adaptation of the familiar tale, which I dub “a meandering misfire lacking the charm and oomph of either Capote’s 1958 novella or the 1961 movie.” While it’s hard to live up to the legacy of Audrey Hepburn’s signature role, “it’s telling that the supporting player who makes the strongest impression is Vito Vincent, who plays Holly’s adoptive feline companion, Cat.” EW grade: C–

Hands on a Hardbody This new musical, featuring a score by Phish frontman Trey Anastasio with Amanda Green, is based on an unlikely source: a 1997 documentary about people in Texas trying to win a Nissan truck by being the last person to keep their hand on it. But, as Clark Collis writes, “the pair’s excursions into country, blues, and a clutch of other genres rarely rise above the generic.” EW grade: B–

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Phish frontman Trey Anastasio on his new Broadway show, 'Hands on a Hardbody' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

A new musical about a car dealership contest in Texas might not be what you would expect from Phish frontman Trey Anastasio. In Hands on a Hardbody, there are no 15 minute guitar-heavy, lyrics-free, pot-fueled run-on jams, just a collection of stories about the people competing in a small town contest to win a pickup truck, focusing on 10 characters with their hands firmly fixed on the Nissan in question. Below, Anastasio and lyricist/co-composer Amanda Green (Bring It On: The Musical) discuss the show, which opens on Broadway this Thursday, and preview some of the songs from the new musical.

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