‘Belle’ vocalist to perform at Rancho Santa Fe concert


By Gail Kendall

Community Concerts of Rancho Santa Fe is still on a high following its successful 2014-15 Season Opener with Fernando Varela last month. Superb talent and entertainment is in store for the audience this month too, with a performance Oct. 24 with Broadway star Susan Egan at the Village Church Fellowship Hall. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m.

Egan has traveled all four corners of the entertainment industry, making powerful impressions in theatre, film, television, and music. She is probably best known for her Tony Award-winning role as the original “Belle” in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” but she has also been a hit on Broadway, starring in the title role of “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” and won critical acclaim as Broadway’s longest-running “Sally Bowles” in “Cabaret.” She has also starred alongside Carol Burnett in Stephen Sondheim’s “Putting it Together,” with Tommy Tune in the national tour of “Bye Bye Birdie,” and created works at Yale University, Baltimore Center Stage, South Coast Repertory, and the Mark Taper Forum.

Egan has also recorded the voice of “Belle” for all Disney Princess CDs and toys. In animation, it is her sultry voice as “Meg” in Disney’s “Hercules,” and she sang as “Angel” in “Lady and the Tramp II.”

Her credits in animation go on and on, including television. She has appeared in more than 300 solo concerts from coast to coast, including the high seas with the Disney Cruise Line. She has taken the stage with symphonies nationwide, including at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, and the Hollywood Bowl. She has more than 40 recording credits from Broadway and six solo CDs. She also offers master classes at universities across the country. Canyon Crest in San Diego is looking forward to a master class with Egan, an outreach program made available by Community Concerts with most of its concert performers.

Find Egan’s full bio on the Community Concert Facebook page and a short video clip at Single tickets are available for $75. Those who bought single tickets for Fernando can still upgrade to the full season for $150. Checks are always appreciated and Master Card and Visa are also accepted. Send your order to CCRSF, PO Box 2781, RSF 92067. Include name, address, e-mail, and phone number. If using credit card, please include the 3-digit security code.