True Megan Hilty, a star of the TV show "Smash" and a prominent player of Glinda in "Wicked," performs with pianist Matt Cusson at The Cabaret at the Columbia Club downtown, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. Hilty performed Broadway covers and selections from her new album, "It Happens All the Time." Alex Farris
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2014.01.20
While most other sane people were staying inside and out of the new snow that came down Saturday evening, I drove downtown to get photos of Megan Hilty. Hilty, who was big on NBC's Smash and played Glinda in the early runs of Wicked, was someone I had never heard of, like most of my recent music photo assignments. I also had never heard Rosemary Clooney's "When October Goes". Hilty sang that song, though, and I thought, "Damn, that was good."

As a symptom of not knowing who Megan Hilty was, I went into the assignment thinking it would be the sort of concert where I could quite easily get pictures of people enjoying the show. This was at The Cabaret at the Columbia Club, though, a place far removed from Radio Radio. This is a ritzy, highfalutin place, and people weren't going to get up from their dinner tables to dance. So, in order to fill out an IndyStar photo gallery, I had to rely on just the performer doing the things performers do. She was definitely evocative, so my job wasn't too hard.

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