Dallas — The Broadway Babies will love this: Great White Way star Megan Hilty (Wicked, 9 To 5: The Musical, the TV show Smash) and our favorite obsessed musical theater fan Seth Rudetsky (also a music director and radio host) will headline the Dallas Theater Center's 2015 Centerstage Gala on May 9. If you don't know who these people are, then maybe you're not so into musical theater and, well, that's just weird.
Here's the scoop from the DTC news release:
Dallas Theater Center announced today Megan Hilty and Seth Rudetsky will headline Centerstage 2015 on Saturday, May 9. Chaired by Yvette Ostolaza, with Underwriting Chair Kersten Rettig and Honorary Chair Jeanne Marie Clossey, Centerstage 2015 will take place at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, which will be transformed for the evening.
Centerstage 2015 supports DTC’s innovative artistic programming—with fresh takes on classics like Les Miserables and world premiere musicals like Fortress of Solitude and Stagger Lee —as well as its inspiring, lifechanging and award-winning education programs like Project Discovery.
“Centerstage provides critical funding so that DTC can fulfill its mission of both high quality theater and significant community outreach,” said Chair Yvette Ostolaza. “But the gala is also a really fun party! And we are so thrilled to have Megan and Seth joining us for the evening.”
Megan Hilty is best known for playing the seasoned triple-threat Ivy Lynn in NBC’s musical drama Smash for two seasons. She recently starred alongside Sean Hayes in NBC’s 2014 comedy Sean Saves the World. This February Hilty will perform at Lincoln Center as part of their American Songbook series. And on June 8th she will appear in a one night only concert of Smash's original musical Bombshell in New York for the Actors Fund.
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 a pianist, Seth has played for more than a dozen Broadway shows including Ragtime, Les Miz and Phantom. He was the Artistic Producer/Music Director for the first five annual Actors Fund
Fall Concerts including Dreamgirls with Audra McDonald (recorded on Nonesuch Records) and Hair with Jennifer Hudson (recorded on Ghostlight Records, Grammy Nomination).
"I'm so excited to play Dallas,” said Hilty. “The last time I was there I was 12 and bought cowboy boots and a bunch of fake hair. I'm running low on both of those things so I can't wait to go back! Oh yeah... It'll be fun to sing too!"
“Megan Hilty is a rare combination of beautiful and funny and an amazing singer,” said Rudetsky. “Even though I'm jealous of her, I can't wait to perform our show in Dallas. I've done Dallas shows before and that town loves theater!!”
Centerstage 2015 will begin at 6:30pm with a cocktail hour followed by delicious dinner, a special performance from Hilty and Redetsky and an after-party with DJ Lucy Wrubel. Individual tickets for Centerstage 2014 are $1,000 and underwriting levels start at $2,500.