Megan Hilty to Join Seth Rudetsky in Concert on Nantucket
Mark Cortale's premiere season of the Broadway @ Dreamland concert series is set to welcome one of Broadway's favorite, and fastest-rising leading ladies to Nantucket next month. Megan Hilty, breakout star of NBC TV's "Smash" and Broadway's "Wicked" and a Tony nominee for the recent Broadway production of "Noises Off", makes her Nantucket debut on Wednesday, August 8 at 7:30 PM. She follows hot on the heels of 2-Time Tony Award Winner Christine Ebersole's stellar kick-off of the series in July. Seth Rudetsky, the Sirius XM radio star who the New York Times called "The Mayor of Broadway," will join the performance again as pianist and host. The format of the concert will be a seamless mix of intimate behind-the-scenes stories prompted by Rudetsky's insightful, funny and revealing questions - and the music from the star's stellar Broadway career. This is a spontaneous evening of show-stopping songs and hilarity not to be missed. For tickets and information, please visit https://www.nantucketdreamland.org/ or call 508 332-4822.
Megan Hilty is widely known for her breakout roles on NBC TV's "Smash" and "Sean Saves The World" (starring opposite Sean Hayes). She made her Broadway debut as Glinda in "Wicked" and most recently was nominated for a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, and Drama League Award for her critically acclaimed performance as Brooke Ashton in the Roundabout Theater Company's revival of "Noises Off," for which she also won a Broadway.com Audience Award for Favorite Featured Actress in a Play. Megan has also starred on New York stages as Lorelei Lee in the Encores! production of "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" and as Doralee Rhodes in Broadway's "9 to 5: The Musical," which earned her nominations for the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League Awards. On Television, she recurred on Bravo's dramedy "Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce" and the final season of CBS' "The Good Wife." She recently appeared in Hulu's "Difficult People" and CBS' "BrainDead." She has also been seen recently in "Rules Don't Apply," a feature film written, directed and produced by Warren Beatty and the TV LAND pilot "The First Wives Club" alongside Alyson Hannigan. In 2016, Megan released a live album comprising of songs from her recent concert tour, entitled "Megan Hilty Live at the Café Carlyle" after completing a residency at the legendary New York venue. She has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center and with the Cincinnati Symphony. Her voice was featured as Rosetta in Disney's "Tinker Bell: Secret of the Wings" and also in Disney's "The Secret Life of Magic Gourd," "Phineas & Ferb," "Glenn Martin DDS," "American Dad," "Tinker Bell and the Pixie Hollow Games," "Robot & Monster" as well as singing as Snow White in the film "Shrek the Third," and in Summertime Entertainment's "Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return" with Kelsey Grammer, Hugh Dancy and Lea Michele. She can also be heard alongside Placido Domingo on the opera star's duet album. In 2013 Megan released her debut solo album, "It Happens All The Time," which included fresh interpretations of compositions by contemporary songwriters and producers.
Seth Rudetsky is the afternoon host on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio's "On Broadway" as well as the host of Seth Speaks on Sirius/XM Stars. As an author, he penned "My Awesome/Awful Popularity Plan" and the sequel "The Rise And Fall Of A Theater Geek" (Random House) as well as three volumes of "Seth's Broadway Diary" featuring inside scoop and hilarious stories from all of the stars he's worked with. He co-wrote and co-starred in "Disaster!" (NY TIMES "critics pick") recently on Broadway. "Disaster!" also premiered to rave reviews in London's West End. In June 2016, he and his husband, James Wesley, co-produced a recording of "What The World Needs Now" with stars like Idina Menzel, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Carole King, Audra McDonald which went to number one on iTunes and raised $100,000 for the Orlando shooting victims (and is still raising money. Buy it!). On Inauguration Day 2017, he and James started "Concert For America", a monthly series around the country (including S.F.!) helping 5 non-profits being hurt by the current administration. Stars such as Kelli O'Hara, Barry Manilow, Stephanie Mills, Vanessa Williams, Andy Cohen and more have performed and you can watch the next one streamed live on ConcertsForAmerica.com. For more information visit www.sethrudetsky.com.
The Nantucket Dreamland is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the cultural and intellectual life of Nantucket by providing year-round films, educational programs, and a venue for community activities that engage Nantucket in the evolving world of entertainment and education. Located in the heart of downtown Nantucket, the Dreamland is LEED Certified from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) as an environmentally sustaining "green" facility and is open to the public year-round, including use of our public restrooms. This state-of-the-art complex features a 314 seat Main Theater along with flexible meeting and theater space in the Studio Theater and the beautiful Harborview Room. With a rich history dating back over 180 years, the Dreamland has been lovingly restored through the generous donations of private donors as the arts, education, cultural and community center of Nantucket.
Mark Cortale (Artist Manager & Producer) is the Producing Artistic Director at The Art House in Provincetown, Massachusetts. He produced Deconstructing Patti on Broadway this past September at the Nederlander Theatre with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS starring Patti LuPone and Seth Rudetsky which raised over $280,000 in one night. He also launched the Broadway @ concert series in 2011 at The Art House. The series, featuring creative partner Seth Rudetsky as music director and host, had its seventh season this past summer and guest artists included Sutton Foster, Jessie Mueller, Megan Hilty, Faith Prince, Beth Malone, Melissa Errico and Michael Cerveris. The Broadway @ series also premiered in 2013 in New Orleans, in Australia (Sydney & Melbourne) with Megan Mullally and in London's West End with Patti LuPone at the Leicester Square Theater. The series has since travelled to cities that include Chicago @ The Steppenwolf, Beverly Hills @ The Wallis, Fort Lauderdale @ The Parker Playhouse, San Francisco @ The Herbst Theatre and Scottsdale @ Scottsdale Center for the Arts. Other artists who have participated include Audra McDonald, Patti LuPone, Christine Ebersole, Chita Rivera, Kelli O'Hara, Neil Patrick Harris, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, Rosie O'Donnell, Vanessa Williams and Gavin Creel. Mark also produced the feature film "Varla Jean and the Mushroomheads" and the web television series "Seth's Reality". He manages the singing string quartet Well-Strung which he co-founded. Info at markcortalepresents.com.
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