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Hilty hooks up with SMC for Schwartz concert

Megan Hilty may have a big Broadway voice, but she wants the world to know she is nothing like scheming Ivy Lynn on the TV series Smash.

Megan Hilty sings the songs of Stephen Schwartz with SMC in March.
Megan Hilty, courtesy of Seattle Men's Chorus

“That’s why I took the role on Sean Saves The World. I wanted to do something different and play a nice girl,” said the actress who grew up in Bellevue, WA. The role of Liz also gave her a chance to break out of the “singer” category with casting directors.

Still, she never wants to give up music. Back in Seattle for two concerts with the Seattle Men’s Chorus, Hilty is looking forward to entertaining Northwest fans, friends, and family with the melodies of Stephen Schwartz.

“Schwartz’s music has impacted me in so many ways,” she said. “I sang ‘Corner of the Sky’ (Pippin) for my audition at Carnegie Mellon. That made them sit up. Not many girls do a boy’s song.”

Hilty also made her Broadway debut as the popular blonde in another Schwartz musical, Wicked, in 2005. As the very good witch Glinda, she also toured the United States the following year, including the musical’s first time in Seattle.

“That was a great part of the tour,” she recalled. “They asked us if we wanted to play our hometowns. Which is unusual. But it was magical to bring what we do home.”

Two years ago, she returned to Seattle for a concert with SMC and was delighted to be invited back, especially since she celebrates her birthday this weekend. “I’ll be staying with my family and we’ll go out to lunch Saturday before the concert,” she said. “And singing with the Chorus is a blast. The audience has such a great time.”

Although SMC is featuring the music of Schwartz in their concert labeled Totally Wicked, one song originally not on the roster was Glinda’s anthem “Popular.”

“I told them that we had to do it. People still ask me for it,” she said with a laugh. “And I’m looking forward to ‘Stranger to the Rain’ (Children of Eden) – which, of course I’m not, as I’m from the Northwest!”

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Totally Wicked with the Seattle Men’s Chorus and Megan Hilty takes place at McCaw Hall, Seattle Center, on March 29, 8:00 p.m., and March 30, 2:00 p.m.. For ticket information, visit the Flying House Productions website.