After just 28 regular shows and 28 previews, Hands on a Hardbody is closing on Broadway, the show’s producers announced Monday. The musical, scored by Phish frontman Trey Anastasio, opened at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on March 21 and will play its last performance on April 13. The show is based on the 1997 documentary film of the same name, which followed the stories of people competing to win a Nissan pickup truck at a car dealership in Texas.
While the week after its debut ticket sales climbed 52 percent, last week’s box office total for Hands on a Hardbody was just $321,043 – just 30 percent of the show’s potential earnings and reportedly below its weekly operating costs.
EW writer Clark Collis gave the show a B-, noting that Anastasio and co-composer/lyricist Amanda Green’s music and lyrics left much to be desired: “the pair’s excursions into country, blues, and a clutch of other genres rarely rise above the generic,” he wrote.
The show launched at the La Jolla Playhouse in California last May and the entire original cast, including Dexter’s Keith Carradine, retained their roles in the Broadway production.