The new musical Hands on a Hard Body is making the move to Broadway for the 2012-2013 season after its current run at California’s La Jolla Playhouse, the show’s producers announced Tuesday. The show, based on the quirky 1997 documentary of the same name by S.R. Bindler and Kevin Morris, follows the contestants of a car dealership contest, in which the competitors must keep at least one hand on the body of a truck for as long as possible. The last person standing drives the car away. The musical was scored by Phish frontman Trey Anastasio with lyrics by Amanda Green (Bring It On: The Musical), and premiered May 12 at the La Jolla Playhouse, which commissioned the work. Hands on a Hardbody is directed by Neil Pepe (Speed the Plow) and features staging by Benjamin Millepied (Black Swan) and book by Doug Wright, who won the Pulitzer Prize for I am My Own Wife.
The Broadway theater, cast, and opening dates have not yet been announced. The La Jolla staging featured Keith Carradine, Hunter Foster, and Allison Case.