Edited by Brian Dunning
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Egan has starred in more Broadway shows than you can wave
a baton at, including Beauty and the Beast, for which
she received a Tony nomination; Cabaret, State Fair, and Bye
Bye, Birdie. On the small screen, Susan spent two seasons
as a regular on the WB's Nikki, and has appeared on NYPD
Blue, Arli$$, and The Drew Carey Show. Her
charming voice has graced animated characters in movies such
as Miyazaki's Spirited Away, Disney's Hercules and Lady
and the Tramp II. And, just to be sure that she covers
all four corners of the entertainment industry, she sings
some of her favorite Broadway numbers for you on her debut
solo album, So
Susan gives back by serving as Artistic Advisor at her alma
mater, the Orange
County High School of the Arts.
Although she declares her knowledge of technology to be "painfully
limited," Susan now answers our 1000 Questions:
0001. In all of history, what is your favorite invention?
than duct tape, which isn't truly technology oriented but
can apparently save our lives should we be attacked, I
would have to say ... recording technology. That music
and speech can be stored on wax, or tape, or microchip
-- I am grateful. How I wish I could hear Shakespeare's
voice, or Beethoven's first performance, or our founding
fathers battling it out in Philadelphia.
Funny that technology can actually make something or someone
MORE human to us through our ability to hear their voice.
0010. What do you hope will be invented next?
Just last night I was telling a friend that I can't wait
to be able to beam (or email) her the programs I record
on TiVo. Have I mentioned that TiVo is my best friend?
It's right up there with the GPS in my car!! I LOVE that! "You
have now arrived at your destination ..." If only
that little voice could make me eligible for the carpool
lanes on the freeway!
0011. What do you hope will never be invented?
Too late ... da bombs are here.
0100. What popular invention do you consider the most
I LOVE that little thing that foams the milk for my coffee
every morning -- I will not let you call it silly, and
I will guard it WITH MY LIFE.
0101. When have you suffered at the hands of technology?
Long lonely hours on hold. My world shaken to the core
when my DSL fizzes. Self-abuse when I don't "save" often
enough and the power goes. Therapy bills to survive the
0110. When has some technology suffered at your hands?
You mean like when my pager fell in the toilet?
Thank GOODNESS I don't use a pager now -- but the cell
phone is nervous each and every day!
0111. If your personal computer suddenly came to life,
what would it say to you?
You poor, sweet ignoramus. Don't you know what I'm CAPABLE
Or it might just hum the Jeopardy theme with a subtle
air of sarcasm.
1000. If you found yourself sitting at a Unix terminal
as Earth's last hope while, outside, aliens were wiping
out humanity, what would you type?
It was a lovely dance, thanks.