NASCAR Helldrivers Musical Kicks Off New Workshop Today

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The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance presents free workshop performances of Helldrivers of Daytona, a rock musical about the world of NASCAR, Jan. 15-16.

The new work is being developed by composer Berton Averre, writer Mark Saltzman and lyricist Rob Meurer. "Helldrivers of Daytona puts the pedal to the metal in this NASCAR musical where tensions race and drivers compete for the top slot in the 1965 Daytona Speedway Jackpot 500," state notes on "Amidst a sea of tanned surfers, speedway groupies, motorheads and bikinis, Lucky Stubbs must find a way to win his dream girl, Pepper Johnson, from rival driver Count Porcini Portobello, a dangerously enticing European hotshot. The race for love and glory is on in this spoof of 1960s rock n’ roll movies that’s fast, furious and funny."

Following an earlier workshop at the University of Texas in June 2015, the work then received a staging last summer at the Skokie Theatre in Illinois. The Helldrivers of Daytona was first staged by Sheridan College (Wyoming) at the WYO Theatre (2012), followed by a workshop by Chapman University (California, 2013).

The workshop performances take place at the Oscar G. Brockett Theatre at Texas Performing Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. To attend one of the 7:30 PM performances, contact

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