This past weekend, March 9-11, 2018 Susan joined conductor Todd Ellison and fellow vocalists Debbie Gravitte and Christopher Seiber for an incredible night of Broadway music! The concert, “Best of Broadway”, took place at the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts in Philadelphia, PA.
Thanks to Bachrach Photography we have some beautiful professional photos of the concert and rehearsal. Thanks to The Philly Pops on Facebook, we have 2 videos of the concert as well! We at Susan Egan Online attended this event and were able to record the entire Q&A with Susan and Todd prior to the concert. All of this and more can be found below!
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Reminder that Susan will be attending the Dallas Fan Expo convention April 6-8. The blog iliveindallas conducted an interview with Susan in preparation for her con appearance. Check it out below, at this link, and it will also be archived in our Interviews section of the website!
Who do you consider the best Disney princess and why?
Susan Egan: Linda Woolverton is the best Disney princess. She is the one that actually wrote Beauty And The Beast. She is a screenwriter in Hollywood that also wrote Maleficent and so many wonderful things. She was Belle. She based the story all on her. Gaston was actually based on an ex-boyfriend of hers. But what I love mostly is that she is so wickedly, beautifully intelligent and adds dimension to characters which could easily be very two dimensional, making them more relatable. I think this ‘modern’ Disney princess was conceived by Linda.
What was your favorite part about your role in the film?
Susan: I had always been cast in live action stage things and had always been the good girl. It was really fun and a bit of a departure in that time of my career to get to play the bad girl, one who doesn’t always make the right decision and is a little sassy. It was such a great script!
How much do you identify with your character?
Susan: I am 100% Meg. When I play Belle, I am acting.
Out of all Disney movies, who would you consider the worst villain?
Susan: Gosh…okay there are so many great villains. I think Ursela is fantastic in The Little Mermaid. I love Mother Gothel from Tangled because it is so scary how duplicitous she is. I love Gaston as well because he is buffoonish so we take him very lightly, even Belle does and she outsmarts him very easily. But when he goes dark it is truly dangerous.
What is your favorite Disney song?
Susan: It is probably “When You Wish Upon A Star” because I love Jiminy Cricket.
What has been the best perk that resulted from you voicing Disney royalty?
Susan: Definitely meeting people who have been affected by the Disney cannon. It is such an honor to be a small part of it and it is why I love doing these Cons as well. It gives them a chance to share their experience. I take no credit; I just get to inhabit the role for a short time and really credit the artists and writers. I love getting to hear the personal stories of people who say, “Oh my gosh, this song just effected me this way because of a certain thing in their life” and see the universal effect that these Disney movies have on so many people. I love that.
Should Meg be considered a Disney Princess? Why hasn’t she joined ranks with the rest?
Susan: No! She is not technically a princess; she is a common girl and that is what I love about her. She is the only Disney character that falls between heroine and villain. She works for the wrong side and has a change of heart. She has a much larger arch than the Disney princesses do. I love that Disney didn’t crown her in the film and subsequently afterward. She is definitely a heroine but not a princess. I think that she is more relatable because of that; she’s flawed.
Did Belle ever actually get to eat during the “Be our guest” routine or did the dishes merely tempt her with a feast and run?
Susan: No, she doesn’t. She only really gets soup later during “Something There” and even then she really doesn’t get to eat her soup. It is a strange phenomenon how they starve her in that play and somebody needs to write a paper on that, “The Starvation Of Belle: A Sociological View”.