Beat the Drums: Here Comes Susan Egan as Broadway's New Millie, Starting Feb. 16

News   Beat the Drums: Here Comes Susan Egan as Broadway's New Millie, Starting Feb. 16 Susan Egan, the final Sally Bowles of the just-closed hit Broadway staging of Cabaret, will keep her bobbed hair and hustle over to the Marquis Theatre, where she'll take over for Sutton Foster Feb. 16 in Thoroughly Modern Millie.
Susan Egan
Susan Egan

New to principal roles, Foster took home the 2002 Tony Award for her ebullient, belt-voiced performance as the country hick who comes to Manhattan in the 1920s to be a modern woman. Foster has been in discussions to play Jo in a new Broadway-bound musical, Little Women, expected to debut regionally in fall 2004 before a holiday time opening.

She exits Millie Feb. 15, as does Delta Burke. No replacement for Burke has been named. Egan debuts in the Millie role at a special 2 PM Feb. 16 matinee.

Egan previously told Playbill On-Line she was in talks to play Millie when Foster's long contract ends. "I'm really excited!" Egan said. " I love [director] Michael Mayer! I love the show and I'm excited to get to do a happy 1920s musical. It's like the carbon copy of Cabaret — it's the polar opposite. The same time period basically, a little earlier. Same haircut, different story."

Egan was Tony Award-nominated for her turn in Beauty and the Beast. Her other credits include a prior stint as Sally Bowles in Cabaret as well as Triumph of Love, Putting It Together and State Fair. She also provided voices for the Disney film "Hercules"; the Japanese animated feature, "Spirited Away"; and the upcoming release of "Porco Rosso." The singer-actress will also release her third album, which will include a few Broadway tunes as well as music that she grew up with.