• Monday, Jan 28, 2013

    Megan Hilty, Broadway Actress and Star of NBC's Smash, Joins The New York Pops for Luck Be a Lady at Carnegie Hall on March 8 

    Concert, Also Featuring Ryan Silverman, To Include Works Made Famous By Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and Marilyn Monroe Among Others 
    Image of Megan Hilty courtesy of Carnegie Hall 
    On Friday, March 8 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Megan Hilty, star of Broadway’s Wicked and 9 to 5: The Musical as well as NBC’s hit television show Smash, joins The New York Pops under the direction of Music Director Steven Reineke for an evening of songs made famous by such legendary entertainers as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Marilyn Monroe, and The Rat Pack. The program, entitled Luck Be a Lady: Megan Hilty Sings Sinatra and More, pays tribute to these legendary artists with selections to include “Come Fly with Me,” “Luck Be A Lady,” and “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend.” Fellow Broadway performer Ryan Silverman—star of productions including Cry-Baby and The Phantom of the Opera—is also featured for this performance.

    The New York Pops closes its 2012—2013 Carnegie Hall concert series on Friday, April 12 at 8:00 p.m. when the orchestra and Mr. Reineke are joined by Broadway performers Norm Lewis (The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, The Little Mermaid), Julia Murney (Wicked, The Wild Party), and Jennifer Laura Thompson (Urinetown, Nice Work If You Can Get It) for The Wizard and I: The Musical Journey of Stephen Schwartz. The performance commemorates Schwartz’s 65th birthday and the 10th anniversary of the hit musical Wicked through performances of some of his most notable compositions for film, opera, television, and Broadway.

    About the Artists
    Megan Hilty stars in NBC's musical drama Smash as the seasoned triple-threat Ivy Lynn, an ensemble performer who has spent years pursuing stardom only to be bumped back into the chorus again and again. A native of Seattle, Hilty moved to New York City after graduating from Carnegie Mellon University and quickly made her Broadway debut as Glinda in Wicked. She went on to perform the role in both the national tour and in Los Angeles. After receiving rave reviews for her portrayal of Doralee Rhodes in Broadway's 9 to 5: The Musical, Hilty was honored with nominations for Lead Actress in a Musical at the Drama Desk Awards, Outer Critics Circle Awards, the Drama League Awards, and L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Awards. She starred in Two by Two as part of the Reprise series in Los Angeles, opposite Jason Alexander, Steve Weber, and Faith Prince and last season starred in New York City Center Encores! production of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Hilty has also performed with the National Symphony Orchestra for “A Capitol Fourth,” the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and at Feinstein's in New York City. Her voice has been featured on Disney's The Secret Life of Magic Gourd, Phineas & Ferb, Glenn Martin DDS, and American Dad, as well as singing as Snow White in the film Shrek the Third. Her additional television credits include guest-starring roles in Melissa & Joey, Bones, The Closer, Desperate Housewives, CSI, Shark, Ugly Betty, Eli Stone, and The Suite Life of Zach & Cody.

    Ryan Silverman’s vocal range has allowed him to move smoothly across various genres including opera, symphony concerts, pop, traditional music theater, and big band. He recently starred as Raoul in the Broadway and Las Vegas productions of The Phantom of the Opera. Other credits include the Broadway production of Cry-Baby, Karl in Music in the Air at New York City Center Encores!, and Al in Most Happy Fella at New York City Opera. Concert work includes appearances with the Cincinnati Pops, The New York Pops, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the symphonies of Utah, Vancouver, Edmonton, Modesto, Hartford, and Fort Worth. Cabaret appearances include Feinstein’s and Café Carlyle.

    Steven Reineke’s boundless enthusiasm and exceptional artistry have made him one of the nation’s most sought-after pops conductors, composers and arrangers. In recognition of his successful leadership, The New York Pops has extended his contract through the 2015-2016 Season. In addition to conducting the orchestra’s annual Carnegie Hall concert series, Reineke leads concert tours, recordings and nationwide telecasts, including the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks on NBC Television. Mr. Reineke is the newly appointed Principal Pops Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra and began his first season in 2011-2012. In addition, he serves as Principal Pops Conductor of the Long Beach and Modesto Symphony Orchestras. Previously, he was Associate Conductor of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, where for fifteen years he served as a composer, arranger and conducting protégé of the late celebrated pops conductor Erich Kunzel. Steven Reineke’s notable guest conducting appearances include the Boston Pops, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra and his debut at the Hollywood Bowl in 2007. Reineke is also an established symphonic composer, with his works most recently performed by the New York Philharmonic and Los Angeles Philharmonic.

    The New York Pops is the largest independent pops orchestra in the United States, and the only professional symphonic orchestra in New York City specializing in popular music. Led by Music Director Steven Reineke, the orchestra performs an annual subscription series and birthday gala at Carnegie Hall, enjoying one of their highest subscription renewal rates. The New York Pops was founded by Skitch Henderson in 1983 with a mission to create greater public awareness and appreciation of America’s rich musical heritage. Along with performing at Carnegie Hall, The New York Pops tours throughout the world and gives free concerts in New York City parks. The New York Pops’ extensive education programs allow thousands of public schoolchildren to participate in concert and music-making experiences at Carnegie Hall and in schools throughout the five boroughs of New York City.

    Program Information
    Friday, March 8 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
    THE NEW YORK POPS
    Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
    Starring Megan Hilty and featuring Ryan Silverman

    LUCK BE A LADY: MEGAN HILTY SINGS SINATRA AND MORE

    Sponsored by Deloitte LLP

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.
    Ticket Information
    Tickets, priced $37—$112, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, carnegiehall.org.

    For Carnegie Hall Corporation presentations taking place in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, a limited number of seats, priced at $10, will be available day-of-concert beginning at 11:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 12:00 noon on Sunday until one hour before the performance or until supply lasts. The exceptions are Carnegie Hall Family Concerts and gala events. These $10 tickets are available to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis at the Carnegie Hall Box Office only. There is a two-ticket limit per customer.

    In addition, for all Carnegie Hall presentations in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage a limited number of partial view (seats with obstructed or limited sight lines or restricted leg room) will be sold for 50% of the full price. For more information on this and other discount ticket programs, including those for students, Notables members, and Bank of America customers, visit carnegiehall.org/discounts. Artists, programs, and prices are subject to change. 
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