Megan Hilty’s professional career began on the stage – her Broadway debut was Glinda to Idina Menzel’s Elphaba in Wicked – and has since transitioned to the small screen on NBC’s musical drama Smash to her recently released solo album, It Happens All the Time (available in stores and on iTunes). She’ll be returning to the stage at Austin’s Zach Theatre on June 18 (shows at 7:00pm and 9:30pm), and she graciously took time to speak with BroadwayWorld to discuss her album, Smash, her upcoming concerts, and what’s next for Megan Hilty.
You were in Austin relatively recently – what brought you to Texas?
I was! The producer of my album, It Happens All the Time, lives in Austin and so last summer I came down three or four times for an extended period of time and stayed in a hotel and would go work in the studio all day and go listen to music at night. Well, really, most importantly, I’d go to all the amazing restaurants there. I’m going to have to revisit all of them in the 48 hours that I’m there.
What spurred your decision to release a solo album?
It’s something that I always wanted to do but didn’t know what my voice was or what my sound would be. I always felt like I didn’t have anything to say, so why make an album? And I never wanted to make just an album with all the musical theatre songs I knew – that wasn’t appealing to me. We originally started out with a totally different concept – it was going to be all covers of top songs from soundtracks, and then Columbia started sending down all these originals for us to try out and so many of them worked out that we just we abandoned that original concept. It sort of turned into a break-up album, without us ever intending it to.
If someone had asked you 10 years ago where you thought you would be today, would it have been anything like your reality?
No! I would have told you the exact same thing that I would tell you now if you asked me what I’ll be doing in 10 years: I want to be working, and that is it. I would have never imagined this, quite frankly, but I’m happy that I’m actually working.