About Megan Hilty
Born on March 29, 1981 in Bellevue, WA, Megan Kathleen Hilty developed her love for acting at an early age. She honed her talents while attending Sammamish High School in Bellevue and the Washington Academy of Performing Arts Conservatory in Redmond. Hilty blossomed into a stage-ready performer by the time she enrolled at the prestigious Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, the oldest degree-granting drama program, located in Pittsburgh, PA. Hilty soon began making inroads in the theater world with appearances in regional theater, from "Café Puttanesca" (2004) to "The Wild Party" (2000). Prior to graduating from Carnegie Mellon, Hilty auditioned for "Wicked," the Tony Award-winning musical based on characters created by L. Frank Baum in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) and Gregory Maguire's 1995 novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. "Wicked" centered on the untold story of the witches of Oz, and featured music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz.
After graduating from Carnegie Mellon and moving to New York City, Hilty made her Broadway debut in 2004 as Glinda, the beautiful and popular witch in "Wicked." She started as an understudy for the role before taking over as the lead in less than a year. Hilty reprised the role for the 2006 national tour of "Wicked" and originated the role during its Los Angeles premiere. Around this time, Hilty began pursuing roles in front of the camera, including guest appearances on the popular teen sitcom "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody" (Disney Channel, 2005-08) and a two-story arc on the crime drama "The Closer" (TNT, 2005- ). Hilty recreated her breakout Broadway role of Glinda with a cameo in a 2007 episode of "Ugly Betty" (ABC, 2006-2010) that saw the title character (America Ferrara) taking a date to see "Wicked." In 2008, Hilty returned to Broadway in the musical theater adaptation of "9 to 5," based on the 1980 film about three working women (Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin). The production "9 to 5: The Musical" co-starred Hilty, Allison Janney, and Stephanie J. Block, and featured music and lyrics by Parton. Hilty reprised Parton's film role of buxom blonde secretary Doralee Rhodes, which earned her a Drama Desk Award nomination in 2009 for Outstanding Actress in a Musical. With such high-profile stage roles on her résumé, Hilty was perfectly cast as a Broadway veteran on NBC's "Smash," a series created and executive produced by Steven Spielberg. The ensemble cast included everyone from film legend Anjelica Huston to TV leading lady Debra Messing, to acting newcomer Katherine McPhee. "Smash" followed the behind-the-scenes drama of putting together a Broadway musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe, with Hilty and McPhee's characters vying for the lead role.
By Candy Cuenco
|Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania|
|Made her Broadway debut in "Wicked" as the standby for the role of Glinda the Good Witch; took over the lead role from Jennifer Laura Thompson in 2005|
|TV acting debut with guest appearances on "Ugly Betty" (ABC), "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody" (Disney Channel), and "The Closer" (TNT)|
|Cast as executive secretary Doralee Rhodes, originally played by Dolly Parton in the 1980 film of the same name, in the musical production "9 to 5"; Parton was the musical's composer and lyricist|
|Cast as a veteran stage actress competing for a role against a newcomer in a Broadway musical on NBC's "Smash"|