She is joined by Rachel York as Dorothy Shaw, the brunette best friend of Lorelei. The company also includes Phillip Attmore, Steven Boyer, Brennan Brown, Stephen R. Buntrock, Jared Grimes, Simon Jones, Aaron Lazar, Deborah Rush, Sandra Shipley, Megan Sikora and Clarke Thorell with Callan Bergmann, Charissa Bertels, Sam Bolen, Eric Bourne, Kyle Brown, Robin Campbell, Brandon Davidson, Christine DiGiallonardo, Luke Hawkins, Arlo Hill, Michael Marcotte, Nick McGough, Shannon M. O’Bryan, Lindsay O’Neil, Kristyn Pope, Lindsay Roberts, Heath Saunders, Kelly Sheehan, Jessica Vosk, Anna Aimee White and Matt Zimmerman.
About working with director Rando, star Hilty recently told Playbill.com, "Well, this is my first time working with him, and I've always been a fan of his work — I mean, who isn't a fan of Urinetown? I had a meeting with him about a month ago, and I think he's the greatest guy, and he's so smart. He really knows how to talk to actors and keep it really light and fun in the rehearsal room. I feel like we make so much progress in such little time, which is really great for us because we only have a week-and-a-half to put this on. He's just a lot of fun blended with a lot of brains." Read her full interview here.
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Set in the Roaring Twenties, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, according to press notes, "follows the madcap adventures of the original 'dumb blonde,' Lorelei Lee (Hilty), as she sets sail for Europe with her best friend Dorothy Shaw (York). Lorelei is engaged to Gus Esmond, the Button King (Clarke Thorell) and has a flirtation with Josephus Gage, the Zipper King (Stephen R. Buntrock). Traveling with them are Mrs. Ella Spofford (Deborah Rush), the richest woman in Philadelphia, her son Henry (Aaron Lazar) and a ship full of colorful characters." Based on Anita Loos' bestselling novel, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes has a book by Loos and Joseph Fields, music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Leo Robin.
Megan Hilty made her Broadway debut as Glinda in Wicked, a role she repeated on the national tour and in Los Angeles. She played Doralee, the Dolly Parton role, in the Broadway production of 9 to 5: The Musical (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League Award nominations) and starred in Two by Two opposite Jason Alexander and Faith Prince as part of the Reprise series in Los Angeles. She is currently in production on the animated film "Dorothy of Oz" with Kelsey Grammer, Hugh Dancy and Lea Michele.
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