Susan Egan -- she of the silver screen, small screen, Broadway stage,
concert halls and beyond -- doesn't seem to get tired.
She lives on both coasts, tours the world and speaks with so much
"aw shucks" enthusiasm that it's easy to think she just started doing
The truth is, she's been doing Broadway for the better part of the
last decade, she'll release her third album -- "Coffee House" -- on
Sept. 7, and she's starred in five films in the past year, including
"13 going on 30" with Jennifer Garner.
"I have a lot of interests, and they're all a lot of fun to me in
different ways," Egan said. "I feel really lucky that I am able to be
involved in so many things. The grind of doing eight Broadway shows a
week can be tough, so it's nice to break things up."
The role of the actor on the stage compared to the screen is an
extension of the spirit of the task, and that is what Egan feels
keeps her on her toes.
"Film is really an actor's medium," she said. "You can convey your
emotions as you really would in life. On stage, you have to project
so the people in the rafters can hear you ... it's a different
As is singing.
"Coffee House" is a compilation of Egan singing the works of
classic/folk rock stalwarts like Joni Mitchell and Cat Stevens,
juxtaposed with some new, unreleased tunes written by some of today's
biggest Broadway composers. The album is an amalgam of the direction
the productions on the Great White Way seem to be taking musically.
"A lot of the newer musicals incorporate a lot of rock, and I
wanted to explore that," she said.
Egan, 34, plans on touring with a pianist and a guitarist to
promote the release of the album and will make a stop at the Orange
County Performing Arts Center on Aug. 28.
"Playing live and singing the songs is completely different to
being on stage on Broadway," she said. "On Broadway, you're playing
someone else, and you're wearing a mask of sorts ... it's not the
real you. At my concerts, I get much more personal, and I relay
personal stories and feelings."
The tour will take the Seal Beach native as far away as Iceland
and Europe, but a stop on her home turf can sometimes be the most
"There's a lot of pressure when I play Orange County because a lot
of my friends and family are in the area, and I want to give them the
best performance that I can," she said.
While it's back to Broadway after the tour to close "Cabaret" as
the final Sally Bowles and then a lead role as Millie in "Thoroughly
Modern Millie," Egan sees herself moving more in the direction of
film and TV in the next few years.
"I'm getting a bit older, and the biological clock is ticking,"
she said. "I'd like to work in something steady. On Broadway, you're
always working at night and on the weekends, so it can be tough."
Egan will perform in Founders Hall, and the evening will also
serve as the album-release party for "Coffee House." Each person in
attendance will receive a copy of the album.