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The History of Easy Street Productions

Easy Street Productions, Youngstown’s first and only professional stock theatre company, began in 1988 when co-founders, Todd Hancock and Maureen Collins, wrote, directed, and starred in “429 Miles Off Broadway.” The show featured moments from their favorite musicals including a little known show called “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” The audience response to the Pump Boys segment of the show prompted the troupe to mount a full-scale production of the show at the Uptown Theatre, a forgotten movie house in the city’s fledgling Uptown District. “Pump Boys and Dinettes” was an immediate success garnering rave reviews from every local newspaper as well as Cleveland’s Plain Dealer, the first and only time the publication traveled to Youngstown to review a show. The show went on to become Youngstown’s longest-running musical playing for an unprecedented two-years and 200 performances.

In 1993 Easy Street moved their productions from the 275-seat venue on Market Street to the 2,000+ seats of Powers Auditorium in downtown Youngstown’s newly renovated DeYor Performing Arts Center. For nearly 30 years Easy Street Productions has mounted full-scale Broadway shows and in many cases have rented the original Broadway sets and costumes for musicals such as “The Will Rogers Follies,” “Annie,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Music Man,” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” just to name a few. Their annual holiday spectacular, “Miracle on Easy Street,” has been growing stronger over the past twenty-eight years and now entertains over 10,000 people every Christmas season.

Throughout Easy Street’s history, they have raised over a million dollars for local charities, enriched the lives of young people through their musical workshops, and have established a brand of family entertainment that is unsurpassed in the tri-country area.


Show History

2016

  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
  • Cabaret Nights Concert Series: Easy Street Goes Hollywood
  • Cabaret Nights Concert Series: Natalie Sprouse in Concert
  • Cabaret Nights Concert Series: Tania Grubbs in Concert
  • Cabaret Nights Concert Series: Eric, Janeen & James; A Lovely Night
  • Cabaret Nights Concert Series: Songs of the King; A Salute to Elvis
  • The Revenge of the Monster Mash Bash
  • Miracle on Easy Street

2015

  • Grease
  • 25 Years of Cabaret at the Hoyt
  • Miracle on Easy Street

2014

  • Collins Sings Cline
  • SchoolHouse Rock Live!
  • Studio Session Concert Series: Nashville Comes Home
  • Studio Session Concert Series: Halfway to Somewhere
  • Studio Session Concert Series: Feels Like Home
  • Studio Session Concert Series: Lost in the Stars
  • Miracle On Easy Street

2013

  • Girls Night Out
  • Las Vegas Valentine
  • Pump Boys and Dinettes - 25 year anniversary
  • Cabaret at the Hoyt
  • Miracle On Easy Street

2012

  • 429 Miles Off Broadway - Kids!
  • Annie
  • Miracle on Easy Street

2011

  • Forever Plaid
  • 101 Dalmatians
  • Legends
  • Miracle on Easy Street

2010

  • Morley Pavilion Concert
  • Miracle on Easy Street

2009

  • The Music Man
  • The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
  • Miracle on Easy Street

2008

  • Forever Plaid
  • High School Musical
  • Hello, Dolly!
  • The Good in You
  • Miracle on Easy Street

2007

  • The Kids and I
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • The Good in You
  • Miracle on Easy Street

2006

  • Slick Uptown's Ritz Rock Reunion
  • Hometown Heroes
  • Miracle on Easy Street

2005

  • That’s Entertainment
  • Miracle on Easy Street

2004

  • Life Story: Maureen Collins in Concert
  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
  • Miracle on Easy Street

2003

  • The Will Rogers Follies
  • Annie
  • Miracle on Easy Street

 

2002

  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
  • Annie
  • Miracle on Easy Street

2001

  • Easy Street Goes Hollywood
  • Miracle on Easy Street

2000

  • Pump Boys and Dinettes - 10 year anniversary
  • Always…Patsy Cline
  • Miracle on Easy Street

1999

  • 429 Miles off Broadway
  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
  • You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
  • Miracle on Easy Street

1998

  • Ursuline Motherhouse Show
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Canfield Fair Concert
  • 429 Miles off Broadway
  • Miracle on Easy Street

1997

  • Ursuline Motherhouse Show
  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
  • Canfield Fair Concert
  • Oliver
  • Miracle on Easy Street

1996

  • Into the Woods
  • The Will Rogers Follies
  • Canfield Fair Concert
  • Always… Patsy Cline
  • Miracle on Easy Street

1995

  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
  • Morley Pavilion Concert
  • The Music Man
  • Monster Mash Bash
  • Annie
  • Miracle on Easy Street

1994

  • Legends
  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
  • Pump Boys and Dinettes - 5 year anniversary
  • A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine
  • Rock Around the Clock
  • Monster Mash Bash
  • Miracle on Easy Street

1993

  • 429 Miles Off Broadway
  • Rock Around the Clock
  • Monster Mash Bash
  • Miracle on Easy Street

1992

  • 429 Miles off Broadway
  • Puttin’ on the Ritz
  • Rock Around the Clock
  • Miracle on Easy Street

1991

  • 429 Miles Off Broadway
  • Puttin' on the Ritz
  • Monster Mash Bash
  • Pump Boys and Dinettes
  • Miracle on Easy Street

1990

  • Pump Boys and Dinettes
  • Puttin’ on the Ritz
  • Monster Mash Bash
  • Miracle on Easy Street

1989

  • Pump Boys and Dinettes
  • Monster Mash Bash
  • Miracle on Easy Street

1988

  • 429 Miles Off Broadway