ONSTAGE & BACKSTAGE: Photo Ops With Megan Hilty and Peter Joback Loves Musicals

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26 Aug 2013

Megan Hilty and Seth
Megan Hilty and Seth

A week in the life of actor, radio and TV host, music director and writer Seth Rudetsky.


I'm just starting my long Provincetown stay. I arrived Friday and I ain't leaving 'til Labor Day! It didn't make sense to fly back and forth so much when I have so many shows scheduled here: it started with Megan Hilty, mid-week is Megan Mullally (we just added a show!) and Labor Day weekend is Patti LuPone. Get your tix at PtownArtHouse.com.

I love it here so much. Megan Hilty arrived Sunday morning after a red-eye flight from L.A. I was so nervous that she'd be exhausted or vocally shot. First of all, her voice is so solid that she sang full out in tech rehearsal and was flawless in both shows. And in terms of looking/feeling exhausted, she's so stunning that when she stood next to me, she looked as if she just left a spa and I looked like I hadn't slept in two days. I posted a picture of the two of us together and wrote a caption about how fresh she looked compared to me. Of course, I expected a few comments along the lines of, "Oh, come on, Seth. You look great!" but received none. The only comment I got was: "Genes, Seth." Yay! I definitely wasn't fishing for a compliment. I was specifically looking for a scientific answer as to why I'll never look that good. Phew! I'm very relieved to know it's completely out of my hands because, apparently, her genes are superior. And, I'm out.

Megan is co-starring on the new Sean Hayes sitcom called "Sean Saves The World." Unlike "Smash" it has a live audience and she's already filmed three episodes. She went to L.A. right after the Broadway production of 9 to 5 (she played the role Dolly Parton did in the film). She felt very dark after the show closed and didn't want to bring that darkness into auditions in NYC, so she thought a dose of the LA sun would pick her up. While she was there, she got a slew of TV roles where she played the "b*tch or the killer." On one episode of "Desperate Housewives," she was the reason one of the characters died.

When a character dies on a TV show, the actor is then out of work, and the "fun" part was, the actor found out it was his last episode ever while Megan was with him. So much for the positive energy of L.A. Regardless, I asked her about auditioning for "Smash." Turns out, she taped it. She read the scenes, sang a Marilyn version of "Happy Birthday" and then her own version of "Bye Bye Baby" from Gentleman Prefer Blondes. She had a great arrangement because she was doing her own show called "Megan Hilty Sings the Blondes," which she told us was a one-woman act where she sang songs made famous by blondes. She then added, "I threw in a couple of songs by brunettes…for depth." While she was waiting to hear back from "Smash," she wound up then getting a final audition for a new TV show. When you do TV, you have to complete your deal and sign a seven year contract before your final audition! When Steven Spielberg found out she might not be available to do "Smash," he skipped the regular process of auditioning and simply gave her the role of Ivy.


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