THE SCREENING ROOM: Amanda Green and Friends Birdland Concert, With Cast of Hands on a Hardbody
By Michael Gioia
Hands on a Hardbody cast members Jon Rua, Allison Case, Jacob Ming-Trent, Janet Krupin, Jim Newman, Kathleen Monteleone and William Youmans were among the performers who joined Tony nominee Amanda Green for her Sept. 29 concert, Amanda Green and Friends, at Birdland. Here are highlights from the evening.
The evening, which celebrated the release of the Ghostlight Records original Broadway cast album of Hands on a Hardbody, also featured High Fidelity star Jenn Colella, Van Hughes and Kyle Dean Massey.
The evening included members of the original Broadway "Pit Crew" for Hardbody, including musical director Matt Gallagher on piano, Skip Krevens on pedal steel, Shannon Ford on drums and Skip Ward on bass.
Videography is by Shoshana Feinstein.
The Tony Award-nominated score, written by Green and Phish frontman Trey Anastasio, features blues, folk, gospel and R&B music. The album, which was released Aug. 27, features a cut song from the show called “The Tryers” as a special bonus track.
Inspired by the 1997 documentary of the same name about a group of Texans competing for a pickup truck, the musical began previews at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre Feb. 23 prior to a March 21 opening. The show played its last performance April 13.
Amanda Green and Jim Newman - "Hands On A Hardbody":
Amanda Green - "Waiting On My Thank You":
Amanda Green - "Just Be Who You Are (The Fran Drescher Song)" (Stars of David):
Jenn Colella - "Number 5 With A Bullet" (High Fidelity):
Dale Soules and Bill Youmans - "If She Don't Sleep" (Hands on a Hardbody):
Kathleen Monteleone and Jim Newman - "Burn That Bridge" (Hands on a Hardbody):
Jon Rua and cast - "Born In Laredo" (Hands on a Hardbody):
Jacob Ming-Trent - "My Problem Right There" (Hands on a Hardbody):
Kyle Dean Massey and cast - "Stronger" (Hands on a Hardbody):
Amanda Green and cast - "If I Had This Truck" (Hands on a Hardbody):
Allison Case and Van Hughes - "I'm Gone" (Hands on a Hardbody):
Bill Youman, Amanda Green and cast - "Keep Your Hands On It" (Hands on a Hardbody):
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