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"Smash" star appears in Lauderdale as part of WinterStage

Staff Writer

Broadway belter and “Smash” star Megan Hilty is coming to Fort Lauderdale’s Parker Playhouse on Thursday.

The show will feature songs from the defunct NBC musical drama “Smash” and a few show tunes, especially from Hilty’s stage hits “Wicked,” “9 to 5: The Musical” and “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.” The appearance is part of the WinterStage Concert Series and will feature show tunes interspersed with interviews with Seth Rudetsky, a musical theater savant for Sirius XM Radio.

“I love these concerts,” Hilty says in a telephone interview. “It’s such an interesting format. It feels more natural to have someone interviewing you instead of telling stories on your own in a cabaret show. There is something about that I just hate. You know, you end up saying, “Then I did this and then I did that.’ It’s just the nature of cabaret. The difference with Seth is he knows how to ask the questions that make you think about things in a different way. It’s not how you would tell the story if you were doing the show by yourself.”

Even though she was well-known in Broadway circles, it was exposure on two seasons of “Smash” in 2012 and 2013 that bumped her career up to the next level.

“I think everybody should try to diversify what they do,” she explains from her home in Los Angeles where she and actor/singer hubby Brian Gallagher moved so she could do the just-canceled “Sean Saves the World” series for NBC. “There’s no such thing as an actor who does one thing anymore. The key to longevity is to diversify what you’re doing. That was the big reason why I wanted to push TV and voice-over work [“Secrets of the Wing,” “Family Guy,” “American Dad,” “Robot Chicken”].”

But that doesn’t mean she wants to give up the stage.

“As a matter of fact they may be more willing to hire me because I have more Twitter followers. That’s the harsh reality and a bitter pill I swallowed a long time ago…because Broadway shows are so expensive to mount you need the insurance and the guarantee of a star. I remember hearing time after time, ‘You’re perfect. No one can do this role better than you. We just need a star.’ “

Now she is a bona fide star with a short musical film for Disney called “Lucky Duck” coming out this spring or summer and an animated feature,  “Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return,” scheduled for release in May.

“Megan Hilty with Seth Rudetsky” is at 8 p.m. at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets range from $51.50 to $126.50. Contact: 954-462-0222 or

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