Sunday, June 24, 2012


Last Sunday evening I was in La Jolla to see the provocatively named "Hands on a Hardbody" at the La Jolla Playhouse.

It's a terrific new musical based on a documentary about 10 residents of an east Texas town competing to win a new truck in an endurance contest -- whoever can keep a hand on the truck the longest wins.

The show looks at the ultimate American dream -- winning something for free -- along with America's economic decline, immigration, aging and our competitive spirit.

The score is a toe-tapping rock-a-billy one -- the type of music you might actually hear in east Texas.

Doug Wright (I Am My Own Wife) wrote an outstanding book.

And imagine staging a show where the actors have to keep one hand on an on-stage truck at all times and still make it interesting to look at!  They pull it off big time.

Co-starring Keith Carradine and Hunter Foster, the entire cast really impresses.

The hope is this musical will make the move to Broadway.  If they have the dollars to do it I'm convinced it will be a hit and a major Tony contender.
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