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