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Megan Hilty

Megan Hilty, vocalist

"She's a star. She has always been a star." - Louis Peitzman, Buzzfeed

In a few short years, Megan Hilty has gone from understudy on Broadway to a star of stage, screen, and music. Her impressive accomplishments have made her one of the fastest rising talents in the entertainment world.

Hilty was born in Bellevue, Washington on March 29, 1981. Drawn to music at a young age, she explored a career in opera before deciding to pursue musical theatre. After graduating from the Washington Academy of Performing Arts Conservatory High School in Redmond, Washington, she moved to Southern Oregon and spent two years waiting tables and working odd jobs while performing in shows such as Jesus Christ Superstar, Hello Dolly!, and My Fair Lady. She then enrolled in Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she performed in a variety of college and regional productions.

She graduated from CMU in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in theatre.

Upon graduation, Hilty was offered the role of "Glinda" standby for the Broadway company of Wicked. She made her Broadway debut in the fall of 2004 opposite Tony winner Idina Menzel, and was asked to take over as principal Glinda in May 2005. After a year on Broadway, she performed the role on tour and in the 2007-2009 Los Angeles production.

During her years with Wicked, Hilty was workshopping the role of "Doralee" in 9 to 5: The Musical, Dolly Parton's adaptation of the popular film. In 2009, she starred in the show on Broadway alongside Allison Janney and Stephanie J. Block. She was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical, an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Actress in a Musical, a Drama League Award, and an Ovation Award for Best Actress in a Musical.

During this time period, Hilty made guest appearances on many television shows, including Bones, The Closer, Desperate Housewives, and Ugly Betty, while also providing the singing voice for Snow White in Shrek the Third. She also made concert appearances around the U.S. in the Meg an' Sho Show (alongside Shoshana Bean) and with a solo cabaret show called Megan Hilty Sings the Blondes.

In 2011, Hilty joined the cast of NBC's Smash as "Ivy Lynn," an actress who is desperate to land the lead in a musical about the life of Marilyn Monroe.

During her hiatus between Smash's first and second seasons, Hilty starred in the New York City Center production of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes as Lorelai Lee, a role made famous by Carol Channing and Marilyn Monroe. She received rave reviews for both the production and its cast recording.

In 2013, Hilty released It Happens All the Time, her first solo album with Portrait (an imprint of Sony Masterworks), and also made her Carnegie Hall debut. Megan also returned to TV with NBC's Sean Saves the World starring Sean Hayes.

Hilty currently makes frequent concert appearances, both with symphony orchestras throughout the United States and in solo concert at smaller venues. She also regularly performs in a variety of special events, such as the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade or Christmas in Washington. She maintains an active voiceover career, providing the voice of "Rosetta" in the Disney Fairies series and the "China Doll Princess" in the animated feature Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return. This is her first appearance with the RPO.

Hilty and her husband, Brian Gallagher, were married in November 2013. Their first daughter, Viola, was born in September 2014.

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