MUSKEGON — One of the stars of Muskegon Civic Theatre’s new production is not human.
A real Nissan hardbody truck is the onstage centerpiece of “Hands on a Hardbody,” a two-act musical comedy to be performed Nov. 18 through Dec. 4 at the Beardsley Theater in downtown Muskegon.
To the tune of roots-rock music, “Hands on a Hardbody” is about 10 Texans competing to win the titular truck. In a four-day competition that takes place in sweltering heat under a scorching sun, whoever leaves his or her hand on the truck the longest wins the truck.
The story is based on a real-life event, and the documentary film of the same name. The show reveals the characters’ hopes, humor and ambitions.
Created by Doug Wright, Amanda Green and Trey Anastasio, “Hands on a Hardbody” features a book by Wright, lyrics by Green and music by Anastasio and Green.
The original, 2013 Broadway production was nominated for three Tony Awards, including Best Original Score.
MCT’s production is being directed by Andrew Zahrt, with music direction by Kevin Foley.
The cast includes Dave Mathews, Ray Brazaski, Jacob Zobl, Jarod Peterson, D’marco Hughes, Tiffanie Miller, Mary VanWyken, Kristopher Arnold, Colleen Murphy, Cruz Russick, Kim Sorenson, Kendyl White, David Riegler, Colton Hall and Sarah Schultz.
Assistant director and stage manager is Chelsea Zobl. Choreography is by Jana Warren. The artistic staff also includes sound designer Mike Munson, lighting designer James Allen, set designer Kirk Wahamaki, costume designer Paula Walters, properties mistress Leslye Witt, makeup-and-hair designer Jennifer Mrotz, technical director Bill Hendon and rehearsal pianist Janie Glerum.
Also working on the show are Ken’s Auto Parts, Patrick Harker, Witt Buick, The Mart Dock, Veronica Lamphere, Mike Pallasch, and Jim Payne of Witt Buick. Transportation of the truck, and rehearsal space, have been provided by Ramos and Sons Towing.
The show is being sponsored by Nichols Paper, CamCar Plastics, and My Auto Imports.
Performances will be 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays.
Tickets are $22 for adults and $20 for students and senior citizens. They are available at the box office of the downtown Frauenthal Center, online at MCT’s web site (www.muskegoncivictheatre.org), any StarTickets outlet or by calling (800) 585-3737.
For further information, call the MCT office, (231) 722-3852, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.