Broadway at the Summit stars Megan Hilty
Most actors would envy how quickly Megan Hilty hit Broadway. Shortly before graduating from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, she auditioned for “Wicked.” As soon as she graduated, she moved to New York City and debuted on Broadway as the standby for Glinda. Less than 10 months later, she took over the lead role for a year, and then toured nationally with the show.In 2008, she starred on Broadway in the musical adaptation of “9 to 5” as Doralee Rhodes, the role played by Dolly Parton in the film.And her fame isn’t limited to the stage. She’s made guest appearances on television show including “The Closer,” “Ugly Betty,” “CSI” and “Desperate Housewives” and sang as Snow White in “Shrek the Third.”Saturday, she brings a bit of Broadway to the mountains at Lake Dillon Theatre Company’s annual gala fundraiser.”She’s kind of one of the ‘it’ performers on Broadway right now,” said producing artistic director Chris Alleman. “She’s just super talented and has an incredible voice, and an incredible personality.”But what’s most fun about her is her presentation, called Megan Sings the Blondes. A blonde herself, she’ll perform favorites either made famous or written for blondes. Her set list includes: “Big, Blonde & Beautiful,” a gentlemen-prefer-blondes medley, including “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” and a Dolly Parton medley including “Backwoods Barbie,” “Two Doors Down,” “Cowboy Take Me Away,” and, of course, “9 to 5.”In addition to the show, the theater company will serve plated dinners for the first time, as opposed to the hors d’oeuvres or family-style offerings in previous years. To top dinner off, Keystone’s executive pastry chef Ned Archibald has prepared his signature desserts.A silent auction will offer more than 100 items, including baskets of scotch and bourbon, trips and restaurant certificates. The live auction features a wagon full of 40 bottles of wine, a five-night stay at a Starwood Property anywhere in the world, one week in Las Vegas, Keystone Science School camp tuition, and dinner cooked for eight people, paired with wine and songs.The gala traditionally raises almost 10 percent of the theater’s budgeted revenue for the year.
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