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Hands on a Hard Body

“Hands on a Hard Body” is based on the 1997 documentary film of the same name by S.R. Bindler. The musical opened on Broadway in 2013.

The story revolves around a real-life competition held annually by a car dealership in Longview, Texas. The contest, which is both bizarre and highly competitive, is simple: the person who can keep their hand on a brand-new truck the longest, without leaning on it or squatting, wins the vehicle. The competitors come from all walks of life, each with their own reasons for joining the grueling contest. The contestants, along with their family members, friends, and the dealership staff, create an ensemble cast that tells a distinctly American story of endurance, competition, and personal struggle.

The musical explores various themes, including economic hardship, desperation, American dream, and the human spirit’s endurance. Despite its short run on Broadway, it received a Tony nomination and several other accolades, praising its unique story and character-driven songs.


Character(s) Actor(s)
Don Curtis Burt Keirstead
Frank Nugent Cameron Kirkland
Kelly Magnum Keegan McGee
JD Drew Blake Osner
Norma Valverde Renee Riso
Janis Curtis Sherry Rosen
Benny Perkins Bo Strange
Cindy Barnes Kelly Brown
Heather Stovall Isabella Casillas
Ronald McCowan Phedre Delinois
Greg Whilhote Logan Everson
Jesus Pena Jose Fuentes
Mike Ferris Jalen Hardy
Virginia Drew Helena Helms
Chris Alvaro Cameron Hodges


Title(s) Member(s)
Director Lee Hamby
Assistant Director Cathy O'Brien
Music Director Ben Beck
Stage Manager Sophie Willis
Costumes Cathy Dooley
Lighting Carl Liberatore
Sound Design Bradley Cooper
Sound Board Franchesca Bellavista
Technical Director/Set Design Tyler Hammond
Assistant Stage Manager Evan Hayes
Choreographer Jocelyn Geronimo
Light Board Operator Ashley Taylor
Shop Foreman Dom Grasso
Scenic Artist Nancy Grasso

Cast: 15  Crew: 14  Total: 29