Broadway’s ‘Hands on a Hardbody’ to Shutter

Originally posted on Variety:

“Hands on a Hardbody” is taking its hands off the vehicle and withdrawing from the competition, with the Broadway musical posting a closing notice for the end of the week.

Most legiters had already seen the writing on the wall for the ensemble-based tuner. With no big-name thesps to turn heads and a title taken from the little-seen 1994 documentary on which it was based, “Hardbody” has struggled to attract audiences since it began perfs Feb. 23.

After earning generally encouraging press in a tryout run at the La Jolla Playhouse in spring 2012, critical reaction in Gotham last month ran the gamut from raves to pans. It wasn’t enough to jumpstart sales at the modestly scaled musical, which has largely been nudged from the media spotlight by splashier tuners (“Kinky Boots,” “Cinderella”), Brit hits (“Matilda”) and star-driven plays (“Lucky Guy,” “I’ll Eat You Last”).

Musical marked the legit debut…

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