‘Smash’ Star Megan Hilty Lands Record Deal

Singer/actress will join co-star Katharine McPhee on Sony imprint Masterworks.

“Smash” has been renewed up for a second season, and now one of its stars has landed a record deal.

Megan Hilty is joining “Smash” co-star Katharine McPhee on Sony imprint Masterworks, also home to Wilson Phillips and Kristin Chenoweth. The Hollywood Reporter noted that while no release date has been set for Hilty’s first album, she is currently working on demos.

Hilty told MTV News last month that she would love to pattern her career after now-labelmate Chenoweth, who has transitioned from Broadway sensation to actress and singer. “I look at the people’s careers who I want to emulate, like Audra McDonald, Kristin Chenoweth, Bernadette Peters,” Hilty said. “They’ve all found the key to longevity in this business, and that is diversifying, doing as many things as possible to keep yourself relevant, and so hopefully I’m on the same track as all those amazing women.”

While these days she’s burning up the small screen, Hilty has put in plenty of work on the stage as well, acting in “Wicked” (like Chenoweth) and “9 to 5.” Before landing a lead role on “Smash,” Hilty appeared on “Desperate Housewives,” “Ugly Betty” and the Disney series “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.”

“It was something that I never really thought was possible,” Hilty said of her starring role on the show, which also includes Anjelica Huston and Debra Messing. “I always thought Broadway’s the goal, and then I moved out to L.A. with ‘Wicked’ and started doing guest-star spots and little recurring things, and I was like, ‘Well, this is pretty great, I’m kind of digging this.’ ”

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