In the hit NBC series Smash
, Megan Hilty
plays a struggling Broadway actor looking for her big leading lady break in a musical about Marilyn Monroe. In real life, Hilty will take to the Encores! stage at City Center
to play gold-digger Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
—a role made famous by Monroe herself in the film version, and by Carol Channing in the original 1949 Broadway musical. In rehearsal, Hilty and co-star Rachel York
(Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
, Les Misérables
) were joined by dancers Jared Grimes and Phillip Attmore to give Playbill a musical glimpse of the upcoming performance directed by John Rando. Songs included "A Little Girl From Little Rock," "Mamie is Mimi" and "I Love What I'm Doing."