Saratoga Springs, N.Y. - In a few short years, Megan Hilty has gone from understudy on Broadway to a star of stage, screen, and music whose impressive accomplishments mark her as one of the fastest rising talents in the entertainment world. Steven Reineke's boundless enthusiasm and exceptional artistry have made him one of the nation's most sought-after pops conductors, composers and arrangers. Ms. Hilty and Mr. Reineke come together to headline Pops Night with The Philadelphia Orchestra on August 13, during the Orchestra's 2015 summer residency at Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
Broadway performer and television actress Megan Hilty has had a fast ride to the top. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon with a degree in theater she immediately landed the role of Glinda in Wicked on Broadway, later performing the role on tour and in the Los Angeles production. Her next role was Doralee in 9 to 5: The Musical, for which she was nominated for Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, and Ovation Awards for Best Actress in a Musical. Busy making guest appearances on TV shows, in 2011 Ms. Hilty joined the cast of NBC's Smash as Ivy Lynn, an actress desperate to land the lead in a Broadway musical about Marilyn Monroe. The New Yorker wrote of her performance, "Hilty has built a character who feels like a real Broadway diva: sexy, funny, ambitious, insecure, at once selfish and giving." During the hiatus between the first and second seasons of Smash, Ms. Hilty starred in the New York City Center Encores production of Gentleman Prefer Blondes, earning her stellar notices. Ben Brantley in The New York Times called the opening performance "...one of those single, golden nights, so cherished by theatergoers, that thrust its leading lady into the firmament of musical stardom." Megan regularly performs with orchestras and symphonies across the country and her solo show-including her sold out Carnegie Hall debut-has received critical acclaim. Her solo album It Happens All the Time is available on Sony Records.
Mr. Reineke is the Music Director of The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, Principal Pops Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Principal Pops Conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He is a frequent guest conductor with The Philadelphia Orchestra and has been on the podium with the Boston Pops, The Cleveland Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia. His extensive North American conducting appearances include San Francisco, Edmonton and Pittsburgh. As the creator of more than one hundred orchestral arrangements for the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Mr. Reineke's work has been performed worldwide, and can be heard on numerous Cincinnati Pops Orchestra recordings on the Telarc label. His symphonic works Celebration Fanfare, Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Casey at the Bat are performed frequently in North America. His numerous wind ensemble compositions are published by the C.L. Barnhouse Company and are performed by concert bands around the world.
The program for Pops Night with The Philadelphia Orchestra will include Ms. Hilty performing songs from some of her notable onstage and onscreen roles, including Smash, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and Wicked, as well as numerous standards from the genre's storied repertoire.