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ShowTickets Q&A: Megan Hilty

Category Broadway

|by Jeryl Brunner |

Megan Hilty shares one of the greatest gifts she received from her ‘Wicked’ co-star Idina Menzel

Tony nominee Megan Hilty has been performing on Broadway since 2004 when she made her Broadway debut as the standby for Glinda the Good Witch in Wicked. The show had only been open for nine months and Hilty, who had just graduated from Carnegie Mellon University starred opposite Idina Menzel’s Elphaba. Hilty is known for her breakout TV roles in in NBC’s Smash and Sean Saves The World, opposite Sean Hayes. She has also starred in 9 to 5, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Annie Get Your Gun. She was nominated for a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award and Drama League Award for her critically acclaimed performance as Brooke Ashton in the Roundabout Theater Company's revival of Noises Off. On Dec. 2, Hilty and Tony winner Jessie Mueller will be performing in a special concert, Seth Rudetsky's Broadway. The show is hosted and music directed by Sirius/XM Radio star Seth Rudetsky at The Town Hall. The concert series is raising funds for Sandy Hook Promise, which honors all gun violence victims. Mueller and Hilty recently starred in the Lifetime film Patsy and Loretta, the untold true story of the friendship between two of country music's greatest legends, Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn.

Megan Hilty at the premiere of ‘Patsy and Loretta’ (Photo: Cindy Ord/Stringer)

Megan Hilty at the premiere of ‘Patsy and Loretta’ (Photo: Cindy Ord/Stringer)

A concert with you, Jessie Mueller and Seth Rudetsky sounds like a dream come true! Can you share even a tiny hint of what audiences can expect?
Megan Hilty: I love Seth's interview and singing format. He is so good about getting great stories out of us that we might not consider telling in our own concerts. And we never quite know what we're singing next! With this particular show, it will be as if you stumbled into our living room and overheard us telling our backstage stories and singing around the piano. It will be really fun doing this with two people I love so much!

What was one of the first times you performed on stage?
MH: I was really little, and I played the pivotal role of Bet in Oliver. I had a little solo, like one line in “Oom-Pah-Pah,” and I had to kiss Oliver on the cheek. It was a really big deal.

What is an ideal day off for you?
MH: Staying in my pajamas all day, drinking coffee with my husband and wrestling with my kids.  

Can you talk about your Broadway debut as the standby for Glinda in Wicked
MH: I got two hours notice and made my Broadway debut opposite Idina Menzel, who was incredibly gracious and supportive. It was a literal dream come true, and I will never forget Idina's kindness that night.

You have played so many eclectic roles? Is there a role you are aching to play? 
I always wanted to play Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, my favorite musical. I think every note in the score is perfectly written and she, in particular, would be a dream to play.

What was one of the first Broadway shows you ever saw?
MH: I saw Beauty and the Beast on my eighth grade trip to New York City (from Washington State). I remember being totally blown away by the performance. I also remember sitting in the back of the theater and it was FREEZING! 

Who has been one of your greatest inspirations or role models and why? 
MH: I have always looked up to Bernadette Peters. She is a singular talent who makes the most interesting & honest choices. After working with her on Smash, my adoration only grew because I got to witness how incredible she is as a person on top of all her talent.

Is it hard to describe how being a mom has changed you? 
MH: For one thing, I'm a lot more tired that I was before I had kids. I always say that, for me, being a parent is the MOST of every feeling: the most fun, the most exhausting, the most love and the most frustrating. 


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