Susan Egan will forever be Disney’s first Broadway princess. Last night she returned to the stage 25 years after originating the role of Belle for a special moment with the cast of Frozen.
Last night during the curtain call for Disney’s Frozen on Broadway, Caissie Levy & Patti Murin invited Susan Egan, the original Belle from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Broadway musical, up on stage. It was 25 years ago when Beauty debuted on Broadway. It range for 13 years (1994-2007) and was Broadway’s 10th longest-running production in history. I’m sure Disney is hoping for similar numbers from Frozen.
As you can see in this video from the audience, it was a beautiful moment which Egan described as “coming full circle.” Then the three of them sang the title song from “Beauty and the Beast” together.
Later on her Facebook page Egan remarked, “What an honor and joy; I am forever grateful to Disney on Broadway and humbled to be in such an incredible company of strong women.”
We’re thankful to have you in the Disney family too, Susan!
Here’s a press clip of Egan back in 1994 singing one of my favorite songs from all of Disney history “Home.” Terrence Mann plays Beast.
Egan still performs and recently toured with a group of other Disney princesses from on screen and Broadway in a show called “Broadway Princess Party.”
I’ve been saying for a while now that Disney needs to build a Broadway caliber theatre at Disney Springs and I can’t think of a better show to open there then a revival of “Beauty and the Beast.” I know the idea has been discussed recently.