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Come And Meet Those Dancing Feet... In Lexington

Josh James
42nd street cast perform in front of the Lexington Opera House

Monday morning Lexington Mayor Jim Gray announced a road name change downtown, but this one had nothing to do with construction.

"As of today, I am declaring this street has a new name, for a little while, a place where you can come and meet those dancing feet... at 42nd Street," Gray said.

In honor of the Lexington Theatre Company’s inaugural production, Gray temporarily renamed the block of Short Street in front of the Lexington Opera House after the musical and presented a key to the city to the show’s lead actress, Tony Award-winning Karen Ziemba.

"We have a cast of students from across the country and right here in our backyard putting the show together for the first time, so we are putting this entire gargantuan production up in literally about two weeks," says Lyndy Franklin Smith, who started the company with her husband.

She says audience members can expect a lively, fresh take on the popular musical.

42nd Street runs from July 23-26 at the Opera House.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.