Michigan Theatre Company Will Present First Amateur Production of Hands on a Hardbody

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Pit and Balcony Theatre in Saginaw, MI, will be the first amateur theatre in the country to present the Broadway musical Hands on a Hardbody, according to mlive.com.

The first production of the company's 83rd season will begin performances Oct. 3 and continue through Oct. 12. Tommy Wedge directs the short-lived Broadway musical, which debuted at the La Jolla Playhouse in 2012 before arriving in New York.

"We have cast members who are seniors in high school, and we have cast members who are approaching their 60s," Wedge told mlive.com. "We lucked out and found some talented people."

"The music is really lush and intricate. When I first heard of the musical, I thought it would be a country-western sort of musical," Wedge added. "It's not at all. It certainly has some of that country twang at different parts, but it also has sort of a rock edge at certain points and some really tender ballads."

The rock musical, inspired by true events, features music and lyrics by Amanda Green, music by Trey Anastasio and a script by Doug Wright, adapted from the 1997 documentary of the same name.

"Set at a Texas truck dealership that holds an endurance contest every year to win a hardbody pickup truck, a new lease on life feels so close for these ten hard-luck Texans that they can touch it," according to previous press notes. "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 this funny, intense, emotional, and revealing battle of pure stamina, only one winner will drive away with the American Dream." Tickets are available by visiting pitandbalconytheatre.com or by calling (989) 754-6587.

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