The fast furious funny racing surf riding speedway rock musical
The fast furious funny racing surf riding speedway rock musical

The Royal George Theatre, Chicago

The Pedal Hits the Metal SEPT 8, 2016

Call The Royal George Theatre Box Office at 312-988-9000


James Nedrud

"Lucky Stubbs"

Samantha Pauly

"Pepper Johnson"

David Sajewich

"Count Portabello Porcini"

Julia Rose Duray

"Margaret Ann Olsen"

Andres Enriquez

"Pit Stop"

Rachel Melius


Claire Lilley

"Dee Dee"

Leah Morrow


Trey Curtis


Chris Selefski


Cara Smith

Swing, Assistant Dance Captain

Jerreme Rodriguez

Swing, Assistant Dance Captain

Adrienne Storrs

Swing, Dance Captain



Berton Averre


Berton has had a lifelong love affair with popular music. As the lead guitarist of the rock group The Knack, Berton co-wrote their hit single, “My Sharona”, which was awarded Billboard magazine’s 1979 Song of the Year, and their first album set a record for going Gold in two weeks. From The Knack, Berton went on to session dates and tours with such disparate performers as The Doors’ Robbie Krieger, Bette Midler, The Cowsills, and Sarah Brightman. In 1993 he joined the respected Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, where he met his partner in crime, Rob Meurer.


Mark Saltzman


Beginning his career with Jim Henson and the Muppets, Mark Saltzman won seven Emmy Awards for his songs (including “Caribbean Amphibian”) and sketches for “Sesame Street”. For the movies, he wrote “The Adventures of Milo and Otis” and “Three Ninjas Kick Back”. For TV, the WGA-Award nominated “Red Sneakers” with Gregory Hines, and the Emmy-winning TV musical “Mrs. Santa Claus” starring Angela Lansbury, and scored by Jerry Herman. Mark’s stage musical “The Tin Pan Alley Rag” was presented by New York’s Roundabout Theater, the Pasadena Playhouse and throughout the country. Member of Dramatists Guild, graduate of Cornell. More:


Rob Meurer


Rob’s musical theatre collaborations with Berton Averre have been seen in productions and festivals in Chicago, Los Angeles, and regionally, as well as featured in the ASCAP/Disney Workshop. Rob came to prominence in 1980 through his keyboard and arranging work on Christopher Cross’ Grammy-sweeping debut album, and has toured internationally with major acts. He was Music Director for Shelley Duvall’s celebrated Showtime series, “Faerie Tale Theatre”, and been awarded gold and platinum records as well as being thrice cited for excellence by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. More:


Danny Herman


Mr. Herman has appeared on Broadway in “Contact”, “A Chorus Line” (Mike), “Leader of the Pack”, “Song and Dance” (First National Tour), “Big Bad Burlesque” (off-Broadway), “Die Soldaten” (NYC Opera), and was the associate choreographer for Michael Bennett’s pre-Broadway workshops of “Scandal”. Mr. Herman has directed and/or choreographed World Premier musicals all over the country. He choreographed “George Lucas Super Live Adventure”, Jane Fonda workouts, “Tabalugo and Lilli”, and the 1987 National Tour of “Dreamgirls”.


Rocker Verastique


Mr. Verastique was in the original Broadway companies of “Contact”, “Chicago”, “Victor/Victoria”, and “Carousel”. Other Broadway credits include “Miss Saigon”, “Phantom of the Opera”, “The Ziegfeld Follies of 1936”, and the world premiere productions of “Hearts”, “Jekyll and Hyde”, “Spirit”, and the Broadway workshop of “Fosse”. Rocker danced six years in American Ballet Theatre, spent four years on the television series “Fame”, and was the male lead in the award-winning music video “Nasty”, opposite Janet Jackson. He has choreographed for stage and screen all over the country.


Natasha Davison


Natasha has over 30 years of professional experience in performing, choreography, broadcasting, writing and directing both domestically and internationally (“Cats”, Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”, “Joseph and the Amazing Techni-color Dreamcoat”, TV series “Fame”). She is Musical Theatre Faculty/ Director/ Choreographer at The University of Texas Austin and Artistic Director for New Musical Development, producing workshops for new musicals such as “Princesses”, “ZM” (Zombie Musical), “Giant Steps”, “Midsummer Nights”, and “Persuasion”. She is on the producing team for the new Broadway shows “Half Time” (formerly “Gotta Dance”) and “The Prom”.

Richard Friedman


Richard Friedman has served as Theatre at the Center’s General Manager since 2011. He has held leadership positions at many arts organizations, including nine years as Managing Director of Northlight Theatre, and stints at Organic Theater, Art Resources in Teaching, and The Institute for the Arts in Boston, MA. He is founder of the Illinois Arts Alliance and is the former President of the Board of CAN TV in Chicago. He has produced multiple commercial theatre productions and is also a published poet.

Vasi Laurence

Associate Producer

Vasi is a multi-award winning Creative/Commercial Producer on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Film. Credits include: “Passing Strange” (TONY and Drama Desk awards); “The Housewives Of Mannheim”; William Finn’s, “Make Me A Song” (NY New World Theater); “Masked” (NY Daryl Roth 2); “The Chocolate Tree” (NAMT); and in development, “The Amanda McBroom Project”. Films currently in development are “Sissyman”, “A Stonewall Riot Story”, and “The Girl With Pink Hair”. Vasi has shepherded and executive produced several new works selected for various festivals such as NAMT, 59E59, Edinburgh Festival, and Lincoln Center Summer Festival. She was executive producer and GM at Theater 47, an Off-Broadway theater in NYC.

Behind the Scenes

Musical Direction, LINDA MADONIA
Projection Design, ROSS HOPPE
Properties Design, BRITTNEY O’KEEFE
Production Stage Manager, KRISTI J. MARTENS
Production Manager, BRIAN CLAGGETT

Main Title Illustration, GLEN HANSON

The Royal George Theatre

1641 North Halsted Street (just north of North Avenue)
Chicago, IL 60614

The Royal George Theatre is 4-stage complex in the heart of Lincoln Park (located across the street from the world-famous Steppenwolf Theatre). Additional features include a popular eatery (the Balena Restaurant), walk-up box office, online tickets (Ticketmaster), full service bar, and valet parking.
For more information:

Box Office Hours
Monday-Saturday 12pm-6pm
Sundays 12pm-5pm
Direct line to Box Office: 312-988-9000
or call
Ticketmaster: 1-800-982-2787