A Fan’s View: Hilty Says Goodbye to ‘Wicked’

Graig Agop

With her lips pierced tightly and her eyes gazed above. Tears begun gently strolling down the porcelain like face of the dazzling, brave, and stunning Megan Hilty only as the golden lights began to dim over the stage and her time as “Galinda the Good” in The L.A Company’s production of “Wicked. ”
Fans of the perky Broadway bombshell gathered early and wore round violet glow-sticks around their necks in show of support. Hilty was welcomed with an overwhelming standing ovation during her final bubbly entrance. Instead of crying, Hilty kept it together until the very end. She laughed alongside “Alphaba” Teal Wicks in “Popular,” which highlights glittery persona that theater-goers so easily fall in love with night after night.
Though Hilty had been with the L.A. cast since opening day, her four-year-run was scheduled to end May 11. After being asked to stay an additional week, Hilty bid farewell on the warm evening of May 18 at The Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.
After her performance Hilty stayed out until after 11:30 signing autographs, taking photos and greeting her devoted fans.
Hilty was Galinda. The sense of humor and fun she brought to her role will be impossible to replace. As for Hilty she can see this as a “regime change.” Her next role will be onstage in Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5: The Musical,” playing at The Ahmanson Theatre this September.