Hands on a Hardbody has soft sales and will close April 13

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Hands on a Hard BodyWe are sad to have been correct as we announced earlier today that it looked like Hands on a Hardbody (4 out of 5 stars from TheaterAdvisor reviewers) would close due to lack of sales significant enough to sustain the production. Today the production announced it will close on April 13, 2013 after 28 previews and 28 regular performances. Over 6 weeks of total performances, the show grossed a total of $1.38MM and we estimate its weekly running costs to be near $2.8MM for the 6 week period, so the losses total ~$1.5MM above and beyond the production capitalization.

According to pres notes, “Inspired by true events and based on the acclaimed 1997 documentary of the same name that was created by S.R. Bindler and produced by Bindler and Kevin Morris, the musical features a book by Doug Wright (Pulitzer Prize winner, I Am My Own Wife), lyrics by Amanda Green (Bring It On: The Musical), music by Trey Anastasio (Phish) and Amanda Green, direction by Neil Pepe (Broadway’sSpeed-The-Plow), and musical staging by Sergio Trujillo (Memphis, Jersey Boys).”

We are sad to see the show close as critics received the show well and the word of mouth has been solid for the show.

The Broadway production featurest: Keith Carradine (Tony Award® nominee, The Will Rogers Follies), Allison Case (Hair), Hunter Foster (Tony Award® nominee, Little Shop of Horrors), Jay Armstrong Johnson (Catch Me If You Can), David Larsen(American Idiot), Jacob Ming-Trent (Shrek The Musical), Kathleen Elizabeth Monteleone (Tales of the City), Mary Gordon Murray (Into The Woods), Jim Newman (Curtains), Connie Ray (Next Fall), Jon Rua (In The Heights), Keala Settle (Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Dale Soules (Hair), Scott Wakefield(Ring of Fire), and William Youmans (Wicked).

HANDS ON A HARDBODY also boasts an award-winning design team including scenic design by Tony Award® winner Christine Jones (American Idiot), costume design by Tony Award® winner Susan Hilferty (Wicked), lighting design by Tony Award® winner Kevin Adams (Spring Awakening), sound design by Tony Award®winner Steve Canyon Kennedy (Jersey Boys), orchestrations by Trey Anastasioand Don Hart, and vocal arrangements/musical direction by Carmel Dean(American Idiot).

Tickets for the last week of performances are available at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre box office and at Ticketmaster.com (877-250-2929). The playing schedule is as follows: Monday at 7:30pm, Tuesday at 7:30pm, Wednesday at 2pm and 7:30pm, Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and 8pm.

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