Egan in 2007
|Born||Susan Farrell Egan
February 18, 1970
Seal Beach, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, singer, dancer, voice actress, comedian|
|Spouse(s)||Robert Hartmann (m. 2005)|
Susan Farrell Egan (born February 18, 1970) is an American actress, singer, dancer, voice actress, and comedian, 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 voice of Megara in Hercules (1997), and the voice for Rose Quartz on Steven Universe.
Stage and other work
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.
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. 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.
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 and Molly Brown in The Unsinkable Molly Brown in 2002. Egan joined Thoroughly Modern Millie in February 2004 as Millie.
Egan has performed in one-woman cabaret-style concerts at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in 2000 and at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in October 2001. In August 2001, Egan appeared at the Hollywood Bowl in the concert version of Show Boat as Julie. 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.
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. The June 6th performance also included the original Little Mermaid voice actress Jodi Benson performing with the rest of the "Live" cast.
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 Hercules and reprised her role in Kingdom Hearts II.
- Men Don't Tell (1993) – Florist
- Hercules (1997) – Megara
- Man of the Century (1999) – Samantha Winter
- The Disappearing Girl Trick (2001) – Bridget Smith
- Revolution OS (2001) – Narrator
- Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure (2001) – Angel (singing voice)
- Spirited Away (2002) – Lin
- Gotta Kick It Up! (2002) – Heather Bartlett
- Porco Rosso (2003) – Madame Gina
- 13 Going on 30 (2004) – Tracy Hansen
- Steven Universe (2014–present) – Rose Quartz, Various characters
- Achmed Saves America (2014) – Ginny
Source: Internet Broadway Database
- Bye Bye Birdie (1992, U.S. Tour as Kim MacAfee)
- State Fair (1992, tour; 1996, replacement Margie)
- Beauty and the Beast (1994, Belle)
- Triumph of Love (1997, Princess Léonide)
- Cabaret (1998 revival) (various, 1999, 2000, 2003, Sally Bowles)
- Putting It Together (1999, The Mark Taper Forum, California)
- The Unsinkable Molly Brown (2002, "Molly Brown", Sacramento Music Circus)
- Thoroughly Modern Millie (2004, replacement Millie Dillmount)
- 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)
- 2015: Softly
- Revolution OS (2001) as Narrator
- Kingdom Hearts II (2006) as Megara (voice)
- House M.D. Episode 5.17 (2009) as Audrey
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