Susan Egan Is Playing Mother Gothel

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Susan Egan might have been the original Belle in the Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast and the sarcastic heroine Megara in Hercules, but now the actress and singer has revealed that she’s playing a Disney villain for part of Disney Princess – the Concert, which is currently on tour and features performers like Courtney Reed, Aisha Jackson, Christy Altomare, Arielle Jacobs, Anneliese van der Pol, and Syndee Winters! Susan spoke to the D23 podcast recently and revealed that she will play Mother Gothel briefly during the Disney show.

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“We have some sneaky things in there that you might be surprised [by],” Susan said on the podcast. “I guess I can spill it here: I get to play a villain for a moment, as Mother Gothel”. Since Mother Gothel (the evil stepmother and villain in the 2010 Disney animated film Tangled who kidnapped Rapunzel as a little girl to use the magical powers from her hair) only had one villain song in Tangled, “Mother Knows Best”, it seems likely that that’s the song Susan Egan will perform. With her dark hair, vocal range, and talent for musical theater, there’s no doubt that Susan will perform an impressive rendition of the song!


Rapunzel, voiced by Mandy Moore in Tangled. Credit: Disney

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“Mother Knows Best” was originally sung by Donna Murphy, the Broadway actress and Tony Award-winner who voiced Mother Gothel throughout the movie. With one Broadway star handing over the musical reins to another Broadway star (even if it is just for one song in a concert), it seems like the audience can’t go wrong! The original Belle from Broadway also revealed on the podcast that Anastasia and Megara will both be joining the show, even though neither beloved princess character is an official Disney princess.

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Donna Murphy, the voice actor for Mother Gothel in ‘Tangled’. Credit:

Could this lead to Susan Egan playing Mother Gothel in a live-action adaptation of Tangled down the road, or would the original voice actor for Mother Gothel, Donna Murphy, take the role? As a Disney fan, which actress and singer would you rather see playing this Disney villain?

About Sharon

Sharon is a writer and animal lover from New England. Sharon's two main focuses in her work are Disney's correlations with pop culture and the significance of Disney princesses (which was the basis for her college thesis). When she's not writing about Disney, Sharon spends her time singing, dancing, and cavorting with woodland creatures!

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