Megan Hilty

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Megan Hilty
Megan Hilty.jpg
BornMegan Kathleen Hilty
(1981-03-29) March 29, 1981 (age 33)[1]
Bellevue, Washington, U.S.
EducationCarnegie Mellon School of Drama
OccupationActress, singer
Years active2005–present
Spouse(s)Brian Gallagher (m. 2013)
ChildrenViola Philomena (b. 2014)
 
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Megan Hilty
Megan Hilty.jpg
BornMegan Kathleen Hilty
(1981-03-29) March 29, 1981 (age 33)[1]
Bellevue, Washington, U.S.
EducationCarnegie Mellon School of Drama
OccupationActress, singer
Years active2005–present
Spouse(s)Brian Gallagher (m. 2013)
ChildrenViola Philomena (b. 2014)

Megan Kathleen Hilty (born March 29, 1981)[1] is an American musical theatre and television actress, and singer. She rose to prominence for her roles in several Broadway musicals including her performance as Glinda in Wicked and her portrayal of Doralee Rhodes in 9 to 5: The Musical. Her best known role was as Ivy Lynn on the musical-drama TV series Smash, on which she sang many original songs, including the Grammy Award-nominated "Let Me Be Your Star". She last appeared in the sitcom Sean Saves the World.

Early life[edit]

Hilty was born in Bellevue, Washington, and is the daughter of Jack and Donna Hilty. She began taking vocal lessons at the age of 12, and was interested in performing opera. She attended Sammamish High School in Bellevue, and then transferred to the Washington Academy of Performing Arts Conservatory High School in Redmond, and later the Chrysalis School, Woodinville.[2] She graduated from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in 2004, and is a member of Actors' Equity. She is a recipient of the National Society of Arts and Letters Award for Excellence in Musical Theater.

Career[edit]

Broadway debut[edit]

Shortly before graduating from Carnegie Mellon University, Hilty auditioned for the hit musical Wicked. She moved to New York City after graduating and in August 2004, she made her Broadway debut in the show as the standby for Glinda, before taking over the lead role from Jennifer Laura Thompson on May 31, 2005. After playing the role for a year, Hilty ended her run on May 28, 2006 and was succeeded by Kate Reinders.

She then reprised the role on the first national tour of the show from September through December 2006, replacing Kendra Kassebaum. She was succeeded by Christina DeCicco. Soon after, she originated the role in the Los Angeles sit-down production, which began previews on February 10, 2007, and opened February 21. She left the production on May 18, and was replaced by Erin Mackey, only to return on October 31, 2008, to close the production, which played its final performance January 11, 2009.[3]

Continued stage success and television ventures[edit]

Hilty starred in a musical called Vanities during its premiere engagement at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts in Mountain View, California. In addition to her stage work, Hilty has made guest appearances on various television shows including The Closer, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, Ugly Betty, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Desperate Housewives, and Shark. She was the singing voice of Snow White in the animated feature film Shrek the Third.

In fall 2008, Hilty joined Emmy Award-winning The West Wing star Allison Janney, fellow Wicked alum Stephanie J. Block, and Broadway veteran Marc Kudisch in the new musical adaption of the 1980 film 9 to 5. The production was directed by Joe Mantello, director of Wicked, with a pre-Broadway tryout run at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, which opened on September 9, 2008. Hilty had participated in workshops and readings developing and originating the character of Doralee for the musical. Her character, executive secretary Doralee Rhodes, the role played by Dolly Parton in the film. Parton is the composer and lyricist of the musical. The musical began preview performances on Broadway at the Marquis Theatre on April 7, 2009, with an official opening on April 30, 2009. The show ended its Broadway run on September 6, 2009. For this role Hilty was nominated for the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical, the Drama League Award for Distinguished performance, and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical.[4][5][6]

In 2009, Hilty appeared in an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation entitled "Deep Fried and Minty Fresh", where she played a fast food manager helping out with a murder at Choozy's Chicken. She also appeared in two episodes of Desperate Housewives where she played the other woman to Carlos' boss. Hilty also lent her talents in Rated RSO: The Music and Lyrics of Ryan Scott Oliver at The Boston Court Performing Arts Center in December 2009, alongside Lesli Margherita, Steve Kazee, Morgan Karr, Natalie Weiss, among others. Hilty also branched off into a coffee and tea product line.[7]

Hilty began performing a variety show with her former Wicked co-star Shoshana Bean, called The Meg an' Sho Show. They often perform a "Wicked swap", in which Bean sings a medley of Glinda's songs and Hilty sings Elphaba's. She also continued her television work with appearances in the hit Disney Channel shows The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and Phineas and Ferb.

In 2010, Hilty confirmed that she will be voicing the character of the China Princess in the upcoming animated feature Dorothy of Oz, and she appeared as the "Heckler" in an episode of Louis CK's comedy, Louie on FX. In 2011, it was confirmed that Hilty would star in the NBC musical television series Smash, also starring Debra Messing, Katharine McPhee, Christian Borle, Anjelica Huston, and Brian d'Arcy James.[8][9][10] The show was officially picked up on May 11, 2011,[11] and made its series premiere on February 6, 2012.[12] The show was cancelled after two seasons by NBC on May 10, 2013.

In May 2012, Hilty appeared in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, as a part of the Encores! program. She appeared as Lorelei Lee alongside such performers as Brennan Brown, Simon Jones and Rachel York. Hilty received rave reviews for her performance, with the New York Times rating her performance on par with those of Carol Channing and Marilyn Monroe.[13][14]

In November 2012, it was announced that Hilty will be appearing on the upcoming album release I'm Ready: The Songs of Rob Rokicki and will be performing at the album release concert on November 19, 2012.[15] Hilty released her debut solo album, It Happens All the Time, on March 12, 2013. The singer described the album as “a breakup album".[16] On June 13, 2013, it was announced that Hilty would be starring alongside Sean Hayes as Liz on the upcoming NBC sitcom Sean Saves the World. The series has since been cancelled by NBC.

In 2014, Hilty was featured on the Wesley Taylor[17] web series It Could Be Worse[18]

In August 2014, she appeared in a segment on the first episode of the rebooted "Candid Camera" show airing on TV Land.

Personal life[edit]

On November 2, 2013, Hilty revealed she married Brian Gallagher at a chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada.[19] On March 29, 2014, she and her husband announced that they are expecting their first child. In April 2014, Hilty announced that she is having a girl. Hilty gave birth to their first child, Viola Philomena on September 18th 2014. [20][21]

Credits[edit]

Broadway[edit]

YearTitleRoleVenueNotes
2005—06WickedGlinda the Good WitchGeorge Gershwin TheatreNominated—Broadway.com Audience Award for Favorite Female Replacement
20099 to 5: The MusicalDoralee RhodesMarquis TheatreNominated—Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Nominated—Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance
Nominated—L.A. Ovation Award for Lead Actress in a Musical
Nominated—Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical

Other theatre[edit]

YearTitleRoleVenue
2006VanitiesMaryMountain View Center
2012Gentlemen Prefer BlondesLorelei LeeNew York City Center

Concerts[edit]

YearTitleVenueNotes
2010"Don't Stop Believing"Cobb Energy Performing Arts CentreJune 13, 2010
2011"Megan Sings the Blondes"Rrazz RoomJanuary 24, 2011
2012"Barack on Broadway"New Amsterdam TheatreJune 4, 2012
2012"Christmas in Washington"National Building MuseumDecember 21, 2012
2012"Pandora's Unforgettable Moments On Ice"Grand Canyon University ArenaNovember 25, 2012
2012"One Singular Sensation: Celebrating Marvin Hamlisch"Lincoln CenterDecember 31, 2012
2014"Totally Wicked (Songs of Stephen Schwartz)" with Seattle Men's ChorusMcCaw Hall, Seattle, WAMarch 29 & 30, 2014

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2007Shrek The ThirdSnow WhiteSinging voice only
2010What Happens NextRuthie
2010Bitter FeastPeg
2010Happiest Man AliveN/AShort film
2011The Maiden and the PrincessAdult MaidenVoice only
2012Secret of the WingsRosetta (voice)Fills in for Kristin Chenoweth
2014The Pirate FairyRosetta (voice)Fills in for Kristin Chenoweth
2014Legends of Oz: Dorothy's ReturnChina Princess (voice)Post-production

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2007The Suite Life of Zack & CodyEnidEpisode: "The Arwin That Came to Dinner"
2007The CloserMichelle Edwards2 episodes
2007Ugly BettyHerself as GlindaEpisode: "Something Wicked This Way Comes"
2007Deal or No DealHerself as GlindaAppearance as part of prize; Fall 2007
2008SharkLaurel HasbrouckEpisode: "One Hit Wonder"
2009CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationKiwi LongEpisode: "Deep Fried and Minty Fresh"
2009Desperate HousewivesShayla Grove2 episodes
2009Eli StoneCherylEpisode: "Flight Path"
2010Phineas and FerbAunt Tiana (voice)Episode: "Just Passing Through/Candace's Big Day"
2010American Dad!Unknown (voice)Episode: "Return of the Bling"
2009–10Glenn Martin, DDSUnknown (voice)2 episodes
2010BonesJulie CoyleEpisode: "The Death of the Queen Bee"
2010LouieHecklerEpisode: "Heckler/Cop Movie"
2011Melissa & JoeyTiffany LongoEpisode: "#1.13"; "#1.22"
2011The Penguins of MadagascarFrances Alberta (voice)Guest star
2011Tinker Bell and the Pixie Hollow GamesRosetta (voice)Fills in for Kristin Chenoweth
2012–13SmashIvy LynnLead role
2012–presentRobot and MonsterJD (voice)Lead role
2013Jake and the Never Land PiratesRosetta (voice)
2013–14Sean Saves the WorldLizSeries regular

References[edit]

Notes

  1. ^ a b "30 Under 30 - Megan Hilty". BroadwaySpace.com. 2011. 
  2. ^ Owen, Rob (January 29, 2012). "'Smash's' Megan Hilty 'obsessed' with singing". The Seattle Times. Retrieved March 20, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Espinosa and Hilty to Return to Los Angeles Cast of Wicked". Playbill.com. October 17, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Billy Elliot and Shrek Top Outer Critics Circle Awards Nominations". Playbill.com. April 20, 2009. 
  5. ^ "75th Annual Drama League Award Nominees Announced". Playbill.com. April 21, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Drama Desk Nominees Announced; 9 to 5 Garners 15 Nominations". Playbill.com. April 27, 2009. 
  7. ^ Net Worth Coffee Brokers, networthcoffeebrokers.com; accessed April 16, 2014.
  8. ^ "Megan Hilty to Star in NBC's Musical Pilot". BroadwayWorld.com. February 9, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Katharine McPhee cast in NBC musical pilot 'Smash'". Hollywood Reporter. February 13, 2011. 
  10. ^ Smash (TV 2011)
  11. ^ "Breaking News: NBC Picks Up Broadway-themed SMASH". BroadwayWorld.com. May 11, 2011. 
  12. ^ A Show Just for Us: "Smash," Starry New Drama Series About the Making of a Musical, Debuts on NBC
  13. ^ "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, with Megan Hilty, at City Center". The New York Times. May 10, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Review". Theatre Mania. May 10, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Megan Hilty, Emma Hunton and More Set for Rob Rokicki's Album Release Concert, 11/19". BroadwayWorld.com. November 2, 2012. 
  16. ^ "New CD from ‘Smash’ star Megan Hilty doesn’t ease on down the Broadway-diva road". The Washington Post. March 15, 2013. Retrieved March 21, 2013. 
  17. ^ "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wesley_Taylor". 
  18. ^ "WesTayTay: With m'ladies... @meganhilty". Twitter.com. 2014-01-29. Retrieved 2014-04-13. 
  19. ^ "https://twitter.com/meganhilty/status/396850859117531136". 
  20. ^ Amanda Michelle Steiner (2014-03-29). "Megan Hilty Is Pregnant: Expecting First Child With Husband Brian Gallagher". Hollywood Life. Retrieved 2014-04-13. 
  21. ^ "BrianGGallagher: Yup! Working on a new project". Twitter.com. 2014-03-29. Retrieved 2014-04-13. 

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