Cast set for new musical at La Jolla

Keith Carradine along with Broadway regulars Jarrod Emick and Hunter Foster have joined the cast of “Hands on a Hardbody,” the new tuner bowing at La Jolla Playhouse later this spring.

Thesps Allison Case, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Connie Ray and William Youmans also are on board for the production, to be helmed by Neil Pepe (“Speed-the-Plow”) and choreographed by Benjamin Millepied (“Black Swan”). Trey Anastasio, frontman of the band Phish, pens the music with Amanda Green (“Bring It On,” “High Fidelity”), who also writes the lyrics. Doug Wright (“I Am My Own Wife,” “Grey Gardens”) pens the book.

Design team includes Christine Jones (set), Susan Hilferty (costumes), Kevin Adams (lights) and Steve Canyon Kennedy (sound).

Based on the 1997 doc, the tuner follows a contest at a car dealership that will give away a hardbody truck to whoever can keep one hand on the vehicle for the longest time. A La Jolla commission, the musical also has attracted the interest of Gotham producers eying it for future commercial life.

“Hands on a Hardbody” plays La Jolla April 27-June 17.

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