ACC, Toronto - December 15, 2007

Miley Cyrus, seen in a recent Universal Music Canada photo, yields plenty of screams during her...

Miley Cyrus, seen in a recent Universal Music Canada photo, yields plenty of screams during her Best Of Both Worlds tour.

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, Last Updated: 1:34 AM ET

TORONTO - Hurricane Hannah blew into Toronto early last night, preceding forecasts of the worst December snow storm to hit the city in nearly half a century.

Hannah, of course, being Hannah Montana, the international pop star and alter-ego of regular high-schooler Miley Stewart, both fictional characters played by real-life Miley Cyrus, the 15-year-old daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus, on her insanely popular Disney Channel show Hannah Montana (seen in Canada on Family Channel).

Actually, the sold-out crowd at the Air Canada Centre got two concerts for the price of one, which is a good thing considering the hundreds of dollars many parents had to shell out to get their tiny tots one of the hardest tickets of the year.

Dates on the North American leg of the so-called Best of Both Worlds tour -- Toronto was the only Canadian stop -- sold out in minutes, scalpers were reportedly getting four to five times the face value, and some fan club members even launched a class-action suit when they were unable to get tickets.

But it was all smiles -- actually ear-piercing screams -- last night as mostly young girls and their parents snapped up merchandise (T-shirts averaged $30-$35) before heading to their seats to whip around glowsticks and take photos with cellphones while singing and dancing along to the two eight-song, 35-minute sets that made up the show.

First up was Hannah Montana, with Cyrus decked out in Hannah's long blond wig, a sequined black silver cardigan and tank top, sparkling black cropped tights, and black boots, as she emerged from inside a pink neon cube that descended from above onto the stage.

Backed by a seven-piece band, Montana belted out the opening song, Rock Star, while fireworks exploded around her and quickly made her way along a catwalk that led out into the crowd on the floor, a journey she made often over the next 70 minutes.

By the next song, Life's What You Make It, she was joined by eight dancers and the only time the show ever really slowed was whenever the vivacious star left the stage to make a costume change, of which there were several during both sets.

Hannah, or Miley, sure has spunk and one big-sounding voice with choreographed dance moves kept to a minimum and lots of stage banter that encouraged even louder approval from fans.

"It's my first time performing in Toronto and we've got to make some memories here," she shouted. "I want everyone out of their seats, singing and dancing."

Mission accomplished, for the most part.

The excitement of the whole experience seemed to knock the wind out of the sails of some of the younger girls, who could be seen slumped in their seats about halfway through the show.

But audience participation generally wasn't a problem, and the flashing lights, video screens, fireworks, confetti and both Hannah and Miley's various outfits and vocal power engaged any short attention spans.

Costumes included a matching sparkly denim vest and jeans followed by a pink sequined mini-dress and fuschia tights for the Hannah numbers Old Blue Jeans and Pumpin' Up The Party, respectively, and a fuschia-coloured bustier and short, black ruffled skirt for the Latin-infuenced Miley song, Let's Dance.

Meanwhile, equally energetic opening act Jonas Brothers joined Hannah for her set-ending number, We Got The Party, before she left to let them perform two songs alone while she got ready to re-emerge as Miley.

Miley, it turns out, is the marginally tougher cookie of the two singers, as indicated by her initial outfit of black leather vest and matching glove, and studded jeans, while she whipped her long, brown curly hair around her face.

Not that the transformation dampened the spirits of the Montana faithful.

Not for a second.

Miley standout songs were See You Again, the aforementioned Let's Dance, Right Here, Girls Night Out -- with its appropriate chorus "Let's Go! GNO!" -- and the show-ending The Best of Both Worlds, which is also the theme song of her TV show.


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