Helldrivers of Daytona
by University of Texas Theatre & Dance
Jan. 15 - Jan. 16, 2016
From the award-winning creative minds of composer BertonAverre, 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. 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 PorciniPortobello, 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 University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance brings Broadway talent to Austin with the newly developed rock musical, Helldrivers of Daytona, for a free workshop performance.
The performance is free and open to the public. Helldrivers of Daytona contains mature content and is not recommended for young audiences. The running time is approximately two hours and fifteen minutes.
About the Creative Team
Music by Berton Averre - Lyrics by Rob Meurer - Book by Mark Saltzman
Composer Berton Averre is a multi-platinum recording artist, best-known for his work as lead guitarist with The Knack (”My Sharona”). Mark Saltzman, an Emmy-winning writer, has written for both stage and screen, including work with Showtime and the Disney Channel. He has earned nominations for a Writers Guild Award, five Los Angeles Ovation Awards and a New York Outer Critic’s Choice Award. Grammy-winning lyricist, Rob Meurer, a Texas-native, enjoyed great success as a band member with Christopher Cross before joining forces with Berton Averre at the Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop where the pair have developed popular works Jungle Man! and Robin Hood: The Untold Story.
About Texas Musical Theatre Workshop
Helldrivers of Daytona is presented as part of Texas Musical Theatre Workshop. Hosted at The University of Texas at Austin, Texas Musical Theatre Workshop 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, singing, dancing and audition techniques. Learn more at the Texas Musical TheatreWorkshop website.
The University of Texas at Austin requires all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to pay for parking on campus. Please be aware when you come to a performance that UT parking has changed and new signage has been posted in regards to the changes. All parking on campus – both ADA and non-ADA requires a permit or payment of fees.
Attendees may purchase parking in advance online at https://utparking.clickandpark.com/. Simply select "College of Fine Arts" as the venue and select the performance date. The discounted parking is only available online until 10:00 p.m. the day prior to the event.
The Oscar G. Brockett Theatre is located in the F. Loren Winship Drama Building on The University of Texas at Austin campus (300 E. 23rd Street, Austin, Texas 78712).
January 15 - January 16, 2016
300 East 23rd Street
Austin, TX, 78712
January 15 and 16, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Oscar Brockett Theatre, Winship Drama Bldg, 23rd & San Jacinto, University of Texas, Austin