Show Report Card
A true American Musical, Hands on a Hardbody will keep your head bobbing and your feet tapping. With incredible music and a mega-talented cast, Hardbody leaves something to be desired in means of the story-line. While I appreciate the main focus (a bunch of people with their hands on a truck to win it) the secondary storyline (a suffering dealership) was weak and, in my opinion, not needed. Overall one heck of a show!
Great for everyone from pre-teens to adults, especially if you have a southern twang
large cast, several large featured roles
moderate, can be as simple or complex as you want
very fun! small to medium sized pit
very basic lighting to more complex lighting
pretty much one single set – the parking lot of a car dealership, there are a few moments inside of the dealership – can be easily done with a desk rolled on
great vocals to simple vocals, some really great moments!
WOW! Douglas Carter Beane has really outdone himself this time. It’s as if this part was made for Nathan Lane! This beautiful and hilarious story tells of Chauncey Miles (Lane) and his love of men and burlesque. There is an emotional struggle that only Beane can walk you through. With amazing direction (Jack O’Brien) and an unbelievable set (John Lee Beatty) this is the play to see on Broadway!
This show is great for adults due to the subject matter. I would consider bringing a high school class to see this after a historical discussion of burlesque.
mid-size cast, leading male with several large supporting roles
moderate, while this is not a musical there is some music and dancing
not a musical but has a few songs
very basic lighting to more complex lighting – especially in the ‘show’ scenes
several sets – stage, backstage, apartment, etc.
again not a musical but Chauncey sings along with a few other characters
This, amazing, show had more emotion than Texas has Republicans. The first act of Unbroken Circle by James Wesley will have your laughing out loud in your seat. With quick wit and amazing humor, supplied suddely by Eve Plum (as June) and in a fun-snarky way by Annika Larsen (Edna), this play keeps you panting for more. It isn’t until the second act that you realize that Wesley has been preparing you for an amazing emotional journey. With shocking revelations and unforeseen epiphanies this show will leave you with much to talk about on the trip home.
This show is great for everyone ages 14 and up (some adult material is presented)
an extended family
not a musical
very basic lighting is needed
simple interior set – a living room, kitchen, bedroom
not a musical