PHOTO CALL: Megan Hilty and Encores! Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Celebrate First Curtain Call

By Joseph Marzullo
10 May 2012

The City Center Encores! production of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes began its limited engagement at the famed Manhattan venue May 9.

Megan Hilty, the Wicked and 9 to 5 star who can be seen in NBC's new musical series "Smash," stars as Lorelei Lee, the diamond-loving blonde made famous by Carol Channing.



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Aaron Lazar, Rachel York, Megan Hilty and Clarke Thorell
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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.

Directed by John Rando with music direction by Rob Berman and choreography by Randy Skinner, performances continue through May 13.

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.

Read about the Broadway history of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes in the Playbill Vault.

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.

City Center is located on 55th Street, between 6th and 7th avenues. Tickets start at $25 and 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 or online at www.NYCityCenter.org.