Megan Hilty aims to be a smash in her PBS concert

Singer-actress stars in new ‘Live From Lincoln Center’ offering

Megan Hilty of ‘Live From Lincoln Center’ Friday on PBS.

Q: As the featured performer in a new “Live From Lincoln Center” program, how was it for you to tape the show?

A: It’s an iconic space that everybody wants to perform at. The room is so beautiful, and it’s like none other because the backdrop is New York City. It’s thrilling to know that’s behind you, or to see a concert there and see it behind someone else. I’m just beyond thrilled that I got to do this show, and have it beautifully captured on film on top of that.

Q: You’ve just made a Lifetime movie in which you play country-music icon Patsy Cline. What do you attribute your versatility to?

A: It’s really boring to just keep doing the same thing. That’s why I wanted my PBS concert to reflect that; it’s all over the place stylistically. That’s just who I am. I like to try everything and possibly fail miserably, but at least I tried it.

Q: There’s still talk about your former series “Smash” being revived in stage-musical form. Can you say anything about that?

A: I keep hearing about it, too… but I don’t know what that would be and what it would look like. Of course, I would love to be a part of it at the point where it actually is done, but I will say this: Every single day, I am approached by strangers asking me about the future of “Smash.” I’m not exaggerating. You can ask my husband.

It’s just a testament to the power of the show and the momentum it got after we went off the air — like, six years ago — that people are still asking me every day. So, it’s wonderful to me that people are still interested.

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

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