Monday, March 12, 2012

Cast Announced for Hands on a Hardbody

La Jolla Playhouse announces the cast and creative team for its world-premiere  musical Hands on a Hardbody, book by Pulitzer Prize winner Doug Wright (I Am My Own Wife, Creditors), lyrics by Amanda Green (High Fidelity), music by Trey Anastasio (lead singer of the popular band Phish) and Amanda Green. The musical will be directed by Neil Pepe (Speed-the-Plow), with musical staging by Benjamin Millepied (Black Swan), and will run April 27 – June 17, 2012 in the Mandell Weiss Theatre.

Check out the stellar cast:
Keith Carradine as JD Drew
Allison Case as Kelli Mangrum
Jarrod Emick as Mike Ferris
Hunter Foster as Benny Perkins
Jay Armstrong Johnson as Greg Wilhote
David Larsen as Chris Alvaro
Kathleen Elizabeth Monteleone as Heather Stovall
Mary Gordon Murray as Virginia Drew
Connie Ray as Cindy Barnes
Jon Rua as Jesus Peňa
Keala Settle as Norma Valverde
Dale Soules as Janis Curtis
Jacob Ming Trent as Ronald McGowan
Scott Wakefield as Frank Nugent
William Youmans as Don Curtis/Dr. Stokes

Additional creative team members include: Zachary Dietz (music direction), Christine Jones (scenic design). Susan Hilferty (costume design), Kevin Adams (lighting design), Steve Canyon Kennedy (sound design), and Playhouse Resident Dramaturg Shirley Fishman (dramaturgy).

When an auto dealership in Longview, TX launches an endurance contest, ten economically-strapped strangers embark on a journey that puts their hearts, minds and bodies to the test. The contestant who keeps at least one hand on a brand-new hardbody truck the longest gets to drive it off the lot. What initially seems like a mere publicity stunt soon becomes a soul-baring battle of wills. Only one can win, but for all involved, the truck holds the key to their own private American dream. Based on the documentary film of the same name.

For tickets and more information go to www.lajollaplayhouse.org or call (858) 550-1010.

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