Actress and singer Megan Hilty, known globally as the seasoned triple-threat Ivy Lynn in the NBC hit “Smash,” will perform at the Irvine Barclay Theatre on April 20. We asked about her career and upcoming concert.
When did you know you wanted to be a singer?
I was always singing as a kid, and luckily I have very supportive parents who never told me that I couldn’t pursue a career in the arts. My parents introduced me to all kinds of music, and my mother made a point of taking me and my sisters to see live performances all the time.
Describe your Broadway debut as Glinda the Good Witch in “Wicked.”
It was thrilling and terrifying and literally a dream-come-true. I spent 4 1/2 years in that show, and it changed the course of my entire life and career. Over the course of my time in the show, I worked with 17 Elphabas, and every one of them is a remarkable talent onstage, as well as being wonderful people in real life.
What is one of your proudest accomplishments?
You’re probably looking for an answer that includes a specific show or project, but I am most proud of the work my husband, Brian Gallagher, and I have done – and continue to do – to support our family as artists.
Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people.
I really love jigsaw puzzles. I actually work on puzzles while I’m listening to new songs that I’m learning. Something about it helps me learn the lyrics quicker.
What can we expect to hear at the Barclay performance?
Audiences can expect an intimate evening comprising personal stories and songs that reflect my eclectic career. There’s something for everyone in this set, ranging from Broadway tunes to country classics from Patsy Cline and Dolly Parton. And, of course, I have to include a bunch of songs from ‘Smash.’