Hilty will play sharpshooter Annie Oakley, the role originated on Broadway by Ethel Merman. Directed by Tony Award winner John Rando, the concerts will feature The Encores! Orchestra led by Encores! music director Rob Berman.
Just in! Megan Hilty and Andy Karl Rehearse for Annie Get Your Gun
Hilty earned acclaim for headlining the 2012 Encores! production of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. She was recently the star of the one-night-only Broadway concert of the fictional "Smash" musical Bombshell. Her stage appearances also include Wicked and 9 to 5. On screen, she's appeared in "Sean Saves the World" and the upcoming "Untitled Warren Beatty Project," scheduled for release in 2016.
Karl will play leading man Frank Butler, with Cooper as Pawnee Bill, Kaye as Dolly Tate, Oscar as Charlie, and Raines as Buffalo Bill. Annie Get Your Gun has music and lyrics by Berlin and a book by Herbert and Dorothy Fields. The musical is loosely based on the story of sharpshooter Annie Oakley and her tempestuous romance with gunslinger Frank Butler.
The score includes "You Can't Get a Man With a Gun," "There's No Business Like Show Business," "I Got Lost in His Arms" and "Anything You Can Do." The original production starred Ethel Merman as Annie Oakley.
The concert's ensemble will include Ward Billeisen, Sam Bolen, Laura D'Andre, Nicolas Dávila, Christine DiGiallonardo, Leah Horowitz, Miles Johnson, Andrea Jones-Sojola, Amy Justman, Patricia Noonan, Daniel Schwait and Nicholas Ward.
The Oct. 27 gala begins with a 5:30 PM cocktail reception, followed by the 6:30 PM performance. A post-show dinner will be held in the Grand Ballroom of The Plaza Hotel. Benefit tickets range $5,000-$25,000. To buy these tickets, call (212) 763-1205. For additional information and show-only tickets (starting at $35), visit NYCityCenter.org.
Tickets for the Oct. 28 added performance start at $35 and go on sale Oct. 5 at noon, along with single tickets for the 2016 Encores! Season (Cabin in the Sky, Feb. 10—14; 1776, March 30—April 3; and Do I Hear a Waltz?, May 11—15). Tickets can be purchased at the New York City Center Box Office (West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues), through CityTix at (212) 581-1212, and online at NYCityCenter.org. Further information is available at NYCityCenter.org.