LAST CHANCE: What's Closing This Week

By Michael Gioia
11 Apr 2013

Jay Armstrong Johnson and Allison Case
Jay Armstrong Johnson and Allison Case
Photo by Chad Batka

Here's Playbill.com's weekly "Last Chance" reminder to catch Broadway, Off-Broadway and world-premiere productions before they take a final bow.

Concluding April 13

Hands on a Hardbody (Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre). Hands on a Hardbody, the new musical featuring a score by Amanda Green and Phish frontman Trey Anastasio, with a book by Pulitzer Prize winner Doug Wright, features Keith Carradine, Mary Gordon Murray, Hunter Foster, Jon Rua, Keala Settle, Allison Case, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Kathleen Elizabeth Monteleone, David Larsen, Jacob Ming-Trent, Dale Soules and William Youmans. Here's how the producers bill the fact-inspired new American musical: "For ten hard-luck Texans, a new lease on life is so close they can touch it. Under a scorching sun for days on end, armed with nothing but hope, humor and ambition, they'll fight to keep at least one hand on a brand new truck in order to win it. In the hilarious, hard-fought contest that is Hands on a Hardbody, only one winner can drive away with the American Dream." Visit HandsOnAHardbody.com.

Concluding April 14



Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Musical Mystery (Off-Broadway at the DR2 Theatre). Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Musical Mystery, which is based on the children's book series by Deborah and James Howe, features a book by playwright and Tony Award nominee Charles Busch, music by Sam Davis and lyrics by Drama Desk nominee Mark Waldrop. "Lock up your lettuce! Protect your parsley! Rescue your rutabaga! One dark and stormy night, the Monroe family brings home orphaned rabbit with mysterious habits... and sharp fangs," according to press notes. "Could this new member of the family possibly be a vampire bunny?" Visit DR2KidsTheatre.com.

Belleville (Off-Broadway at New York Theater Workshop). Amy Herzog's Belleville, which explores the eroding marriage of an American couple living in Paris, stars Tony Award nominee Maria Dizzia and Greg Keller. Here's how it's billed: "Abby and Zack—young, American and married – have shirked the stability of a comfortable post-graduate life in the States for Belleville, a bustling, bohemian, multicultural neighborhood in Paris. In an attempt to build a life together away from their family and friends, their passive-aggressive and aggressively passionate relationship is put to the test after an awkward afternoon discovery, a landlord's ultimatum and a cracked toenail." Visit NYTW.org.

The Mound Builders (Off-Broadway at The Pershing Square Signature Center). Lanford Wilson's The Mound Builders, a tale of archaeologists exploring the remains of an ancient culture, features Zachary Booth, Janie Brookshire, David Conrad, Lisa Joyce, Rachel Resheff, Will Rogers and Danielle Skraastad. According to Signature Theatre Company, "A team of archaeologists descends on an Illinois town to unearth the mysteries of the Mound Builders. As they excavate the remains of this Native American civilization, they confront powerful and dangerous forces of ambition and legacy. Signature 2002-03 Playwright-in-Residence Lanford Wilson's searing drama of class, culture and gender clash won the 1975 Obie Award for Distinguished Playwriting." Visit SignatureTheatre.org.