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Published: 2013/03/29

Trey Anastasio’s Hands on a Hardbody to Close?

Rumor has it that Trey Anastasio’s new Broadway musical Hands on Hardbody is about to close. The New York Post reports that the production made $211,000 last week, which is almost $250,000 below its running cost. The paper predicts that the musical will get its closing notice in two weeks. However, despite these rumors, The Post also predicts that Hands on a Hardbody will pick up several Tony nominations.

Hands on a Hardbody—which opened at the Brooks Atkinson Thatre on March 21—has been fairly well received by the critics. The New York Times praised the show, stating that, “You can hear the sound of America singing in Hands on a Hardbody, the daring new musical that opened at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on Thursday night.”

Nevertheless, the musical has also had its detractors. The Chicago Tribune‘s Chris Jones claimed that the “show that can’t quite decide whether it should ignite the gasoline in that fetishized truck,” and other critics have lamented the static nature of the production, which reportedly consists of numerous characters singing about their lives, one-by-one.

Anastasio recently joined co-composer Amanda Green and writer Doug Wright on MSNBC’s Morning Joe to discuss the show. Anastasio also let slip some details about the next Phish album during that interview.

Tickets to Hands on a Hardbody are now on sale, and can be purchased for as little as $49

Comments

There are 12 comments associated with this post

C April 4, 2013, 11:39:41

hate hate hate hate hate hate..sounds like the people on broadway are a bunch of pompous assholes.

shinymetalass March 29, 2013, 12:32:51

HA!

me March 29, 2013, 13:48:29

Had a bad feeling when Phish.com started offering deeply discounted tix to the show… oh well, can’t win them all!

BigFanofRed March 30, 2013, 08:27:37

Nahhh… the post is a piece of crap paper… pretty much an internet blog being printed these days. I think the show will pull through, and yes… it doesn’t hurt that Phish offered discounted tickets right before Summer tour tickets went on sale. My guess? A TON of Phish people bought tickets, the show is doing a lot better as a result… and it will ride out for at least the next few months. We shall see I guess.

FanofRed March 30, 2013, 08:28:12

Nahhh… the post is a piece of crap paper… pretty much an internet blog being printed these days. I think the show will pull through, and yes… it doesn’t hurt that Phish offered discounted tickets right before Summer tour tickets went on sale. My guess? A TON of Phish people bought tickets, the show is doing a lot better as a result… and it will ride out for at least the next few months. We shall see I guess.

FanofRed March 30, 2013, 08:28:20

Nahhh… the post is a piece of crap paper… pretty much an internet blog being printed these days. I think the show will pull through, and yes… it doesn’t hurt that Phish offered discounted tickets right before Summer tour tickets went on sale. My guess? A TON of Phish people bought tickets, the show is doing a lot better as a result… and it will ride out for at least the next few months. We shall see I guess.

Dee Brown March 30, 2013, 08:40:16

Oh please! Jumping on the negative NY Post bandwagon?? Really??
The reviews of this show have been VERY good. The NY Times, the Washington Post, etc. It doesn’t have a big name actor and it isn’t for kids, so it’s the kind of show that needs a little time and word of mouth. Come on- it only opened a week ago. I loved it. Music is great! Also- most shows have cheaper balcony tickets, and this didn’t. But now it does. Buy tickets please and save this wonderful musical. Word of mouth!

Corey March 30, 2013, 13:48:14

Saw it in La jolla 3rd night. Real good musical. Would see it again probably

Jdog March 31, 2013, 19:34:53

$$$$$$$

Jdog March 31, 2013, 19:35:53

$$

Hector Lugo April 2, 2013, 17:03:18

The Post’s got it correct. Honestly, inspite of the show’s mix to nice reviews this heartfelt mysical was DOA, as far as the ticket buying public is concerned. Smart if the producers to cut their losses and launch a regional tour stat. Done!

dk70 April 2, 2013, 18:37:04

It will change form into a live porno production: “hands on a hard weenie”.

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