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Susan Farrell Egan (born February 18, 1970) is an American actress, singer and dancer, known for her work on the Broadway stage. She is best known for originating the role of Belle in the Broadway musical adaptation of Beauty and the Beast (1994), as well as for providing the voices of Megara in Hercules (1997) and Rose Quartz/Pink Diamond on Steven Universe.

Susan Egan
Susan Egan 9-2007.jpg
Egan in 2007
Born
Susan Farrell Egan

(1970-02-18) February 18, 1970 (age 49)
Alma materUniversity of California, Los Angeles
Occupation
  • Actress
  • singer
  • dancer
Years active1982–present
Spouse(s)
Robert Hartmann (m. 2005)
Children2

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Early lifeEdit

Egan was born in Seal Beach, California on February 18, 1970. She attended Los Alamitos High School and the co-located Orange County High School of the Arts and UCLA.[1]

CareerEdit

Stage and other workEdit

Having long desired to become a performer, Egan spent most of her time taking dancing, concentrating on ballet, and singing lessons as a child, and trained as a competitive figure skater from ages five to ten.[2]

While attending Los Alamitos High School, the Orange County High School of the Arts, and the UCLA, she started her career touring with the performance group the Young Americans. While attending UCLA, Egan took time off when Tommy Tune cast her as Kim in his touring production of Bye Bye Birdie.[3] After the tour ended, she was cast in the tour of State Fair and won the coveted role of Belle in the original Broadway cast of Beauty and the Beast, for which she was nominated for the Tony Award and the Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Actress in a Musical.[4]

On Broadway, Egan portrayed Belle for one year and reprised the role in the Los Angeles production in 1995, along with many of the original Broadway cast members. At the Sacramento Music Circus, she portrayed Maria in The Sound of Music in 1996[5] and Molly Brown in The Unsinkable Molly Brown in 2002. Egan joined Thoroughly Modern Millie in February 2004 as Millie.[6]

Egan has performed in one-woman, cabaret-style concerts at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in 2000[2] and at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in October 2001.[3] In August 2001, Egan appeared at the Hollywood Bowl in the concert version of Show Boat as Julie. She sings with symphonies, as well;[7] she performed in concert at the Walt Disney Concert Hall with the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles in November 2004.[8]

From 2002 to 2003, she was the interim artistic director of the Orange County High School of the Arts.[7][9]

On June 6, 2016, Egan appeared alongside Brad Kane at the Hollywood Bowl as opening acts for Disney's "The Little Mermaid Live" show. Egan performed a medley of songs from Beauty and the Beast.[10] The June 6 performance also included the original Little Mermaid voice actress Jodi Benson performing with the rest of the "Live" cast.[11] From July 20–29, 2018, Egan reprised the role of Belle in the 5-Star Theatre's production of Beauty and the Beast at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.[12]

TelevisionEdit

On television, Egan is known for her co-starring role as Nikki Cox's best friend in Nikki.[13]

Voice actingEdit

Egan's voice has been featured in the English language versions of two feature films by Hayao Miyazaki, Spirited Away and Porco Rosso. She is most widely known for voicing Megara in the 1997 film Hercules[14] and reprised her role in both Kingdom Hearts II[15] and Kingdom Hearts III.[16]

Egan provided Angel's singing voice in Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure[17] and the voice acting for Rose Quartz/Pink Diamond on the Cartoon Network animated series Steven Universe along with various other characters.

Personal lifeEdit

Egan is married to Robert Hartmann and has two daughters, Nina (born February 6, 2007) and Isla (born December 15, 2009). She currently resides in Orange County, California.[18]

FilmographyEdit

Broadway and stageEdit

Source: Internet Broadway Database[4]

DiscographyEdit

Source:[33]

  • 2002: So Far...
  • 2004: Coffee House
  • 2005: All That & More
  • 2006: Winter Tracks
  • 2007: Susan Egan Live!
  • 2011: Secret of Happiness (includes Nina Doesn't Care video, Brian Haner music video, filmed in 2011)[34]
  • 2015: Softly[35]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "NOTABLE ALUMNI ACTORS". UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved September 29, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Boehm, Mike. "This Belle Is Having a Ball"[permanent dead link] Los Angeles Times, February 14, 2000
  3. ^ a b Henerson, Evan."Broadway bent" Archived 2009-04-28 at the Wayback Machine, Long Beach Press Telegram , August 2001
  4. ^ a b "Susan Egan at Internet Broadway Database", ibdb.com, accessed February 19, 2010
  5. ^ "Susan Egan Biography", filmreference.com, accessed February 19, 2010
  6. ^ a b Jones, Kenneth."Beat the Drums: Susan Egan Is Broadway's New Modern Millie, Starting Feb. 16" Archived 2013-01-31 at Archive.today, playbill.com, February 16, 2004
  7. ^ a b "Press Release" Archived 2011-07-16 at the Wayback Machine susanegan.net, accessed February 19, 2010
  8. ^ Gans, Andrew."Susan Egan to Sing Jerry Herman at Nov. 8 L.A. Concert" Archived 2011-06-04 at the Wayback Machine, playbill.com, October 11, 2004
  9. ^ Gans, Andrew."Diva Talk:Sondheim Comes to NYC, Busy Newman, Your Little Shop Picks" Archived 2011-06-04 at the Wayback Machine playbill.com, July 19, 2002
  10. ^ STAGE TUBE: Watch Susan Egan Perform a BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Medley at The Hollywood Bowl Broadway World, Retrieved June 8, 2016
  11. ^ Lema, Michelle. "Jodi Benson to Reprise her Role as Ariel in Additional Performance of the 'Little Mermaid: Live in Concert'" ohmy.disney.com, April 25, 2006
  12. ^ Original Broadway Belle Susan Egan Will Return To The Role in Thousand Oaks This Summer Broadway World, Retrieved March 9, 2018
  13. ^ Sieberg, Daniel. "Susan Egan: 'A great time being a bad girl'" cnn.com, April 5, 2001
  14. ^ Hercules tcm.com, retrieved March 21, 2018
  15. ^ "Susan Egan at Internet Movie Database", imdb.com, accessed February 19, 2010
  16. ^ "Susan Egan" Instagram, accessed October 21, 2018
  17. ^ Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure tcm.com, accessed December 12, 2016
  18. ^ "Susan Egan gives back at Chance benefit" Archived 2013-06-11 at the Wayback MachineOrange County Register (reprint), August 24, 2009.
  19. ^ Men Don't Tell tcm.com, accessed December 12, 2016
  20. ^ Hercules' tcm.com, accessed December 12, 2016
  21. ^ Man of the Century tcm.com, accessed December 12, 2016
  22. ^ The Disappearing Girl Trick on IMDb
  23. ^ Revolution OS tcm.com, accessed December 12, 2016
  24. ^ Gotta Kick It Up! rottentomatoes.com, retrieved March 21, 2018
  25. ^ "'Porco Rosso' Cast and Crew" allmovie.com, accessed February 26, 2016
  26. ^ "'13 Going on 30' Cast and Crew" allmovie.com, accessed February 24, 2016
  27. ^ "Fusion Cuisine". Steven Universe. Season 1. Episode 32. November 6, 2014. Cartoon Network.
  28. ^ "(#701) "Summer Lovin'"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  29. ^ Churnin, Nancy. "Stage Review : 'Birdie' Soars on Dancing of Tommy Tune" Los Angeles Times, April 22, 2992
  30. ^ Drake, Sylvie. "Stage Review. 'State Fair'" Los Angeles Times, October 9, 1992
  31. ^ Howard, Jerry. "'Putting It Together' review talkinbroadway.com, 1999
  32. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Susan Egan Is Molly Brown July 22-28 at the Sacramento Music Circus", Playbill, July 22, 2002, accessed December 12, 2016
  33. ^ "Susan Egan listing", amazon.com, accessed February 19, 2010
  34. ^ Interview losangeles.cbslocal.com, November 14, 2011
  35. ^ BWW News Desk. "Susan Egan Releases New Solo CD SOFTLY Today" broadwayworld.com. Nov.ember 11, 2015

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