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  Hands on a Hardbody at Keegan Theatre

Hands on a Hardbody

Keegan Theatre
1742 Church Street, NW Washington

The Tony-nominated Hands on a Hardbody features a catchy combination of blues, R&B and country songs co-written by Amanda Green and Phish frontman Trey Anastasio, highlighting the story of 10 hard-luck Texans for whom a new lease on life is so close they can touch it. Under a scorching sun for days on end, armed with nothing but hope, humor and ambition, they'll fight to keep at least one hand on a brand-new truck in order to win it. In the hilarious, hard-fought contest that is Hands on a Hardbody, only one winner can drive away with the American Dream. Watch it all unfold on the stage of the Keegan Theatre in Washington, DC.

Thru - Apr 6, 2019

Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 8:00pm
Sundays: 3:00pm


Box Office: 703-892-0202

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  Hands on a Hardbody Reviews
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Washington Post - Somewhat Recommended

"...There are opportunities for breakout performances, but the production doesn't have that horsepower, and though there's a small pickup in the center of the stage, nothing really picturesque happens around it. Maybe the show, which closed less than a month after opening on Broadway, really works if you can get it to full throttle, but this model feels pedestrian."
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Nelson Pressley


BroadwayWorld - Recommended

"...The music, directed by Jake Null, of Hands on a Hardbody calls back to the roots of the American songbook. Musical numbers are hypnotic to watch and pulse with influences of country, gospel music, blues, and a bit of an almost rockabilly edge. And yes, for those Phish fans, there are glimpses of the band's influence especially with songs such as "If I Had This Truck" and "Human Drama Kind of Thing." Musical highlights include "If I Had This Truck," "My Problem Right There," "Joy of the Lord," "Stronger," "Born in Laredo," "It's A Fix," "Used to Be", and "God Answered My Prayers.""
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Hannah Wing


DC Metro Theater Arts - Highly Recommended

"...Co-Directed energetically by Elena Velasco and Mark A. Rhea, with enjoyable character-driven choreography by Velasco, Hands on a Hardbody also sports a crack creative team. Set Designer Matthew J. Keenan locates the story simply and economically around a twirling truck under oversize pennants. Lighting Designer Jason Arnold gives each musical number a sensational finish. Sound Designer Gordon Nimmo-Smith mics each voice clearly such that when they sing as a chorale it gives chills. And Costume Designer Alison Samantha Johnson gives the contestants a casual array of denim, Ts, caps, sneaks, shorts, and sweats for standing around under hot sun."
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John Stoltenberg


DCTheatreScene - Recommended

"...But overall, it's a pleasure to get to know each contestant briefly during Hands on a Hardbody. Among its most infectiously charming individuals is Norma (Shayla Lowe), a religious woman who has entire churches praying for her victory. Prone to fits of uncontrollable laughter, she also gets swept away by spirituals. Like Norma, Keegan audiences will undoubtedly "feel the joy" as they're swept up into the trying but ultimately uplifting life stories of Hands on a Hardbody's hearty competitors."
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Missy Frederick


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