When originally staged at the Uptown Theatre in 1989, the cast consisted of a mere eight performers. This year’s extravaganza will feature more than 100 singers, dancers, and “Little Rascals.” In addition to the 12 new songs and dance routines added last year, Easy Street promises even more surprises for returning audience members to enjoy in 2010.
Although there have been many changes over the years, some aspects of the show have remained the same. Easy Street co-founders Maureen Collins and Todd Hancock will once again host the event. Musical director Jeff Sanders will also return with an expanded Easy Street Little Big Band blending a mixture of the season’s most popular tunes both old and new. Dancers from studios all across the valley will perform new routines featuring a wide variety of styles including tap, jazz and hip hop by the show’s longtime choreographer Renee Rogers.
Fans and holiday music lovers will be able to bring Easy Street’s “Miracle” home this year. The troupe’s new Christmas CD “Believe in Miracles; The best of Miracle on Easy Street” is now available and features more than 20 seasonal favorites sung by Collins, Hancock and Easy Street alumni James McClellan, Colleen Chance, Illa Willis, Candace Campana, Alyssa DiBernardi, Layla Harrison, Gina Martini and Rosie Jo Neddy. The disc includes past favorites as well as all of the new arrangements added to the show.
A CD launch party was scheduled for Nov. 24 at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in the shops at Boardman Park.
Miracle on Easy Street show times are 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19. Tickets and CDs can be purchased at the Easy Street Box Office, 865 Mahoning Ave. or charged by phone at 330-743-8555. For more information, visit Easy Street’s new website www.easystreetshows.com.
Photos special to the Town Crier
Todd Hancock as Charlie Chaplin with Jonathan “the Ghost” Scurich star in the new Easy Street production.