'Belle of Broadway' Performs to Benefit Music Program


'Belle of Broadway' Performs to Benefit Music Program
Susan Egan will perform Nov. 2 in a benefit concert for the Music Industry Studies Program.

Broadway superstar Susan Egan will perform a special concert Thursday, Nov. 2, at 8 p.m. in the university's Music Recital Hall.

Proceeds will raise funds for merit-based and needs-based scholarships in the university's Music Industry Studies Program.

On Broadway, Egan most recently starred in the title role of “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” She has vividly portrayed Sally Bowles in “Cabaret” longer than any actress in Broadway history, winning critical acclaim. She originated the starring roles in “Triumph of Love” and “State Fair.” Most notably, she received both Tony Award® and Drama Desk® nominations for Best Actress as Broadways original Belle in Disney's “Beauty and the Beast,” earning her the nickname “The Belle of Broadway.”

“This is a chance to hear Susan singing in a much more intimate setting,” said Arthur Winer, a music professor who helped organize the event. “Watching Susan's personable and fun solo show, you feel as if you're enjoying an evening with your best friend. But in this case your best friend is a huge Broadway star with a world-class voice.”

Egan's evening performance features music from Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin, Rodgers and Hart, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Kander and Ebb, Jerry Herman, Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz, Strous and Adams, Schonberg and Boublil, Ahrens and Flaherty and many of Broadway's hot new writers.

While best known for her work on Broadway, Egan has also amassed numerous movie and television credits, including roles in “13 Going on 30” and two seasons on the WB's “Nikki.”

Winer, a personal friend of Egan, invited her to campus. The two met in New York when Winer worked as the mastering engineer for her solo album “Coffee House.”

Egan previously came to Cal Poly Pomona to provide a master class for students in the spring. The event was so successful the benefit concert for the Music Industry Studies Program was soon in the works.

The Cal Poly Pomona Music Industry Studies Program is one of the most unique and affordable programs of study in the nation. The rapidly-growing program currently comprises half of the Music department's 190 majors. MIS students may follow tracks in music business, production or recording. The program's wide-ranging curriculum provides students with a deep knowledge of music theory, performance, production, recording technology, and business as well as a well-rounded university education. In preparation for careers in music, all MIS students complete internships throughout the music industry.

“We currently don't have a scholarship for these students yet,” said Winer. “These are very talented students. Many have part-time jobs while also balancing their school work and internships. They're also expected to remain high-level musicians as well. They're under a lot of pressure, and many need financial help. That's why this benefit concert is so important.”

The concert performance is expected to sell out. Organizers suggest purchasing tickets in advance by calling (909) 869-3554. Tickets are $25 general admission, $15 for students. VIP packages, which include a cocktail reception with Susan Egan, start at $100 and are available by calling Lisa Nashua at (909) 869-6848.

To learn about the Music department's fall lineup go to: https://polycentric.cpp.edu/news.asp?id=1395