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Published: 2013/02/20

Hear a New Trey Anastasio/Amanda Green Hands on a Hardbody Song

Ann Harada, Jen Colella, Amanda Green and Trey Anastasio. Photo from Playbill.com

Hands on a Hardbody, the new musical featuring original music by Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green, will open on Broadway at Brooks Atkinson Theatre this weekend. Previews begin on February 23 and the musical will open on March 21. The play’s website has launched the “Your Hardbody Handbook,” a micro-section featuring information on the musical. Included in the section is the Anastasio/Green collaboration “I’m Gone.” The song can be streamed here

A few numbers from the musical, including “Burn That Bridge” and “My Problem Right There,” have been performed by Phish.
Click here for our Jambands.com interview with Green.

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PhishinPhool February 20, 2013, 16:37:08

As a lover of both phish and broadway – I had high hopes for this. But all signs point to this being a BOMB. I’ve heard from multiple people “in the know” that its just awful… and honestly – when you take a step back and think about what it is… I’m not surprised. It seems to cater to the least common denominator of everyone involved. The recipe:
Find a story about middle america – but don’t bother writing one, just base it on a documentary. Get Trey Anastasio to write music in a genre that is the antithesis of everything that makes him a special musician. Write song lyrics that are so lame it makes you want to cry (see link above)
“I work at the UPS – the job is pretty good I guess”
...come on…. Then direct it as campy as possible (again – hearsay from people I know who’ve sat in on rehearsals) It just seems like a bust in the making.
And it sucks… because I think Trey’s music – writing in his element – could be viable on a broadway stage. Gamehendge and the like.. But in this vehicle I just can’t see it working. It’s like “spring time for hitler” or something.. All that being said – I’m going to see it for sure.
And I hope I’m wrong..
But I’m pretty sure I’m right..

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