Megan Hilty: Broadway star sings in the Moonlight for one night only

Megan Hilty is one of Broadway’s brightest stars, having starred in several Broadway shows including  WICKED  and 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL, and brought Broadway to our televisions as Ivy in the musical drama series SMASH. For one night only, here is your chance to see this star under the stars at Moonlight Stage, Friday, October 2nd at 8pm!

Megan Hilty brings her cabaret to Moonlight Stage.
Megan Hilty brings her cabaret to Moonlight Stage.

This star of stage and screen is coming to San Diego to support the Moonlight Cultural Foundation to raise funds for arts education programs for youth and adults and is committed to providing education in theatre arts..  Megan admits that part of the reason is that this foundation benefits speak to her interests.

“That was all I did growing up and thankfully I had programs that helped facilitate my passion.  All of those programs are suddenly gone because of lack and funding, so this is something that is near and dear to my heart and something that I will always be there for.”

So what is it that she hopes people attending her concert come away with form the performance?

“I think the whole point for a one person show is for the audience to go away thinking they know that person better,  So I try to steer away from too much scripted stuff, even the set list can change based on who the audience is reacting to certain songs.  I have been known to turn to the band and say ‘we’re doing this now,’ even if it’s something that is not on the list.  If it seems like the audience is appreciating more musical theatre or more American songbook standards, or SMASH, I’m always pleasantly surprised when people want more of those songs.  I want people to feel like they’re in our living rooms.  I don’t want them to feel like I have this super polished show where there is kind of a wall up between me and them.  They’re going to  see me being my wacky self, and my husband, and the band, chime in whenever they want and call me out when I’m saying something stupid. “

Joining Hilty on stage during the concert will be Celeste Butler, a student from the Moonlight Youth Theatre.  Celeste, who last performed in June in ONCE ON THIS ISLAND for th Moonlight Youth Theatre will join her in singing “For Good” from WICKED .  It is that kind of collaboration that Megan really wants to impress upon anyone who is interested in theatre.

“I would advise you do other things in the theatre, instead of being an actor.  So you understand that you are a small piece in the large puzzle that happens to have the spotlight on them.  I would advise to take tickets, clean the theater, build sets, build costumes, and understand that you are part of something much bigger.”

Hopefully this performance is the start of a lovely relationship between Megan and Moonlight.

“I don’t have a long history with them but I am hoping to create one though, starting when I come out there!”

So come out and see Megan and her talented band as they support the Moonlight Cultural Foundation on Friday, October 2nd at 8pm at the Moonlight Amphitheatre .  For ticket and VIP meet and greet experience information please go to www.moonlightfoundaton.com or call 760-724-2110.

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