Playbill: Trey Wrote Musical “Hands on a Hard Body” with Amanda Green

Trey and Amanda Green
Amanda Green and Trey Anastasio, co-writers of the musical "Hands on a Hard Body."

Now look, I have nothing wrong with hands on hard bodies. But, well, I’m not sure how to come to terms with the fact that we live in a world where the guy who wrote “Reba”–a guy whose band plays a song called “Fuck Your Face”–has a musical coming out. I want to keep an open mind, but Trey’s songwriting over the last couple years kinda makes it tough. Here’s the report, from Playbill via

Next up for [Brian D’arcy James] is a workshop of Hands on a Hard Body, based on the 1997 documentary about a pickup-truck competition in Longview, TX. “ Neil Pepe‘s directing it. He’s a fantastic director. That was a huge reason for wanting to do it. The composer is the lead singer of Phish, Trey Anastasio, and Amanda Green is doing the lyrics. Doug Wright is doing the book.”

Keith Carradine, Annie Golden, Glory Days’s Nick Blaemire, and Celia Keenan-Bolger, will co-star with James in the presentation which La Jolla Playhouse [near San Diego] will be producing on Nov. 8.

A friend who works in theatre and is a Phish fan tells me that Pepe is “about as hot a director as there is right now.” He adds, “fml.”