UNT Department of Dance and Theatre presents Hands on a Hard Body

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Hands on a Hard Body
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The University of North Texas Department of Dance and Theatre will present Hands on a Hard Body, a musical about people in Longview, Texas, competing to win the pick-up truck they’re holding their hands on.

The musical depicts 10 contestants competing for a truck by placing a hand on it for the longest time. One such contestant is Kelli Mangrum, a 22-year-old who sees it as a way to get out of the small East Texas town. For Chris Alvaro, who is fresh out of the Marine Corps, the truck is a way to get back to a normal life with his wife and son. Other characters include a former beauty pageant queen, a third-rate DJ, and a strong Christian.

The show, directed by Broadway veteran and award-winning director Michael Serrecchia, is based on real-life contestants. The 1995 contest lasted 77 hours and was made into a documentary film two years later. The musical was written by Pulitzer Prize winner Doug Wright, with music and lyrics by Amanda Green and Trey Anastasio, and was nominated for three Tony Awards in 2013.

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University of North Texas
1155 Union Cir.
Denton, TX 76203


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