February 18, 1970 |
Seal Beach, California, U.S.
Susan Egan (born February 18, 1970) is an American actress and singer known for her work on the Broadway stage. She is best known for originating the role of Belle in the Broadway musical adaptation of the Disney animated feature Beauty and the Beast as well as for providing the voice of Megara in the Disney animated feature, Hercules.
Egan was born in Seal Beach, California. Always wanting to be a performer, she spent most of her time taking dancing and singing lessons as a child. She remarks she took a lot of ballet as she heard it would help with all forms of performing. She attended Los Alamitos High School and the co-located Orange County High School of the Arts and UCLA. In the meantime, she started her career touring with the performance group The Young Americans. While attending UCLA, she took time off when Tommy Tune cast her as Kim in his touring production of Bye Bye Birdie. 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. She is married to Robert Hartmann and they had two daughters, Nina, born February 6, 2007, and Isla, born December 15, 2009. She currently resides in Orange County, California. She played "Belle" for one year on Broadway and then reprised her role in the Los Angeles production in 1995 along with many of the original Broadway cast members. At the Sacramento Music Circus, she played "Maria" in The Sound of Music in 1996 and "Molly Brown" in The Unsinkable Molly Brown in 2002. She joined the Broadway musical Thoroughly Modern Millie in February 2004 as "Millie".
Egan's voice has been featured in the English-language versions of two feature films by Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki, Spirited Away and Porco Rosso, as well as the Disney animated feature, Hercules as Megara, the role she is most widely known for playing. She reprised the role of Megara in the Disney/Square Enix video game Kingdom Hearts II. Egan appeared at the Hollywood Bowl in the concert version of Show Boat in August 2001 as "Julie". She has performed in one-woman cabaret-style concerts at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in October 2001, and the Orange County Performing Arts Center in 2000. She sings with symphonies as well; she performed in concert at the Walt Disney Concert Hall with the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles in November 2004.
Susan Egan was in Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure as Angel (singing voice). She was the Interim Artistic Director of the Orange County High School of the Arts in 2002-2003. On television, she is best known for her co-starring role as Nikki Cox's Eve Arden-ish best friend on the WB sitcom Nikki, which ran for two seasons from 2000-2002.
- Porco Rosso (1992) as Madame Gina (English voice)
- Men Don't Tell (1993) as the Florist
- Hercules (1997) as Megara (voice)
- The Drew Carey Show (1998) 1 episode
- Man of the Century (1999) as Samantha Winter
- Spirited Away (2001/2002) as Lin (English voice)
- The Disappearing Girl Trick (2001) as Bridget Smith
- Revolution OS (2001) as Narrator
- Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure (2001) as Angel (singing voice)
- Gotta Kick It Up! (2002) as Heather Bartlett
- 13 Going on 30 (2004) as Tracy Hansen
Broadway and stage
- Beauty and the Beast (1994, Belle)
- State Fair (1992, tour; 1996, replacement Margie)
- Triumph of Love (1997, Princess Léonide)
- Putting It Together (1999, The Mark Taper Forum, California)
- Cabaret (1998 revival) (various, 1999, 2000, 2003, Sally Bowles)
- The Unsinkable Molly Brown (2002, "Molly Brown", Sacramento Music Circus)
- Thoroughly Modern Millie (2004, replacement Millie Dillmount)
- Bye Bye Birdie (U.S. Tour)
- 2002: So Far...
- 2004: Coffee House
- 2005: All That & More
- 2006: Winter Tracks
- 2007: Susan Egan Live!
- 2011: Secret of Happiness (includes Save me video, Brian Haner music video, filmed in 2011)
- Revolution OS (2001) as Narrator
- Kingdom Hearts II (2006) as Megara (voice)
- House M.D. Episode 5.17 (2009) as Audrey
- Henerson, Evan."Broadway bent", Long Beach Press Telegram , August 2001
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- Jones, Kenneth."Beat the Drums: Susan Egan Is Broadway's New Modern Millie, Starting Feb. 16", playbill.com, February 16, 2004
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- Boehm, Mike."This Belle Is Having a Ball",Los Angeles Times (reprint), February 14, 2000
- "Press Release" susanegan.net, accessed February 19, 2010
- Gans, Andrew."Susan Egan to Sing Jerry Herman at Nov. 8 L.A. Concert", playbill.com, October 11, 2004
- Gans, Andrew."Diva Talk:Sondheim Comes to NYC, Busy Newman, Your Little Shop Picks" playbill.com, July 19, 2002
- The Disappearing Girl Trick at the Internet Movie Database
- Howard, Jerry."'Putting It Together' review talkinbroadway.com, 1999
- Gans, Andrew."Susan Egan Is Molly Brown July 22-28 at the Sacramento Music Circus", playbill.com, July 22, 2002
- "Susan Egan listing", amazon.com, accessed February 19, 2010
- Interview losangeles.cbslocal.com, November 14, 2011
- Susan Egan at the Internet Movie Database
- Susan Egan at the Internet Broadway Database
- Official website
- More Than Just a Beauty—Show Music Magazine