Megan Hilty, the blonde bombshell of TV‘s “Smash” and Broadway’s “9 to 5,” joins the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra this weekend for “Luck Be a Lady: Megan Hilty Sings Sinatra and More," the final concerts of the PNC Pops season
The Carnegie Mellon Universtiy alum whose big voice has graced "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," "Wicked" and "9 to 5" on the Great White Way and the NBC musical series ”Smash“ has been called ”the new princess of Broadway“ by Time magazine. She returns to Pittsburgh accompanied by conductor Steven Reineke June 19-22 for a Sinatra tribute that include "The Lady Is a Tramp," "New York, New York”," and "I've Got You Under My Skin," plus popular songs and show tunes such as "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend," "Almost Like Being In Love" and "Someone to Watch Over Me."
Ms. Hilty has performed the program with the New York Pops and with Mr. Reinke at the Kennedy Center in 2012, when Nelson Pressley of the Washington Post wrote:
“ ‘Smash’” star Megan Hilty sashayed into Rat Pack territory, belting and crooning with a swinging National Symphony Orchestra in a pops concert titled “Luck Be a Lady” at the Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall. That Frank Loesser song from “Guys and Dolls” was Hilty’s opener, and the orchestra displayed a puncher’s attitude that seemed to go right to Hilty’s hips and spine, inspiring long, muscular phrases in her singing. The tune roared, and the big-band era was back.“
The 33-year-old singer actress married Brian Gallagher last year and revealed to US Weekly that the couple is expecting a baby girl. On Wednesday night, she was in town and tweeted: ”Great night watching the @Pirates at PNC Park tonight w/ @BrianGGallagher! Pittsburgh was gorgeous tonight!“
The concerts in Pittsburgh mark the PSO‘s first annual Nurses Weekend, with a 20 percent discount offered to all nurses and nursing students (available at pittsburghsymphony.org/nurses or 412-392-4819). Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. June 19-21 and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 22. Tickets are $15-$99 at 412-392-4900 or pittsburghsymphony.org.
Ms. Hilty recently was featured in NBC's comedy "Sean Saves the World” and in March 2013 released her debut solo album, "It Happens All the Time.“ Next up, she will be a guest artist for the Broadway Triple Threat New York summer program for young theater performers July 21-26.