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Seth McFarlane Cancels Kennedy Center Concerts With the NSO

“Smash” star Megan Hilty will replace the “Family Guy” creator for three shows in November.

Photograph of Hilty courtesy of the Kennedy Center. Photograph of McFarlane courtesy of Featureflash /

Seth McFarlane has been popping up all over the place recently—as the host of
Saturday Night Live for its season premiere earlier this month, wrestling with microphone issues at the
Emmys—but one place you won’t find him this fall is at the Kennedy Center.

Family Guy creator was scheduled to perform three concerts with the National Symphony Orchestra
in November, showcasing songs by legendary performer
Sammy Cahn. He’s now been replaced by
Megan Hilty, star of NBC’s
Smash, who’ll sing “Luck Be a Lady”—a tribute concert to Frank Sinatra, the Rat Pack, Ella
Fitzgerald, and Etta James.

The Kennedy Center’s
Patricia O’Kelly says McFarlane’s concerts were canceled due to a scheduling conflict. “We obviously
were disappointed, but we were so happy that Megan was able to help out,” says O’Kelly,
who also told us that Hilty has been on the center’s wish list for NSO Pops concerts
for a while. “She’s a big star, and we’re lucky that it worked out.” O’Kelly wasn’t
able to say whether McFarlane would be coming to the Kennedy Center for any possible
future performances.