NASCAR Musical Helldrivers of Daytona Begins Development in Texas | Playbill

News NASCAR Musical Helldrivers of Daytona Begins Development in Texas The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance will present a free workshop performance of the newly developed musical Helldrivers of Daytona — from composer Berton Averre, writer Mark Saltzman and lyricist Rob Meurer — June 20 at the B. Iden Payne Theatre.

The creative team was invited to develop their new musical in residence at the Department of Theatre and Dance as part of the Texas Musical Theatre Workshop.

Writer Saltzman said, "This is the opportunity to get our speedway musical not only standing on its feet, but kicking up its bootheels with dancing."

Helldrivers of Daytona, according to press notes, "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. 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."

The June 20 performance of Helldrivers of Daytona is at 2:30 PM and free and open to the public.

The Texas Musical Theatre Workshop, hosted at The University of Texas at Austin, is a pre-collegiate intensive for high school students interested in exploring a career in musical theatre. The program connects talented high school students with top musical theatre artists and teachers while offering outstanding training in acting, signing, dancing and audition techniques. Helldrivers of Daytona was first staged by Sheridan College (Wyoming) at the WYO Theatre (2012), followed with a workshop by Chapman University (California, 2013). Following its run at The University of Texas at Austin, Helldrivers of Daytona will be staged at the Skokie Theatre (Illinois) later this year.

The B. Iden Payne Theatre is located at 300 E. 23rd Street in Austin, TX. For more information on the musical, click here. For more information on the Texas Musical Theatre Workshop, visit

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