Broadway star Susan Egan has revealed that she was diagnosed with Bell’s palsy just weeks before going on tour.
The 52-year-old, who was nominated for a Tony Award for her role as Belle in the 1994 musical Beauty and the Beast, took to social media to announce the troubling news.
“So, last week I was diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy (isn’t it pretty? Bell!) – a temporary condition that paralyzes one side of the face,” Egan said. wrote on Instagram“I’ve heard it’s caused by viruses, but one of them seems to be lurking.
“I need to make a full recovery but, like Justin Bieber (Good Company!) who has announced a similar condition, I am unable to perform at this time, so I will not be attending Disney Princess The Concert this fall. I will not participate in the tour of
Bell’s palsy is a condition that causes temporary facial paralysis. It is “the most common cause of facial paralysis, although the exact cause is unknown.” National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
The symptoms of this condition appear ‘suddenly’ over the course of a few days, but may improve ‘after a few weeks’ without treatment. In some cases, recovery can take about six months.
Egan noted that Bieber was diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, which caused partial facial paralysis in June.
according to Mount Sinai Hospital in New YorkRamsay-Hunt syndrome, is characterized by a painful rash around the ears, face, or mouth. It occurs when the varicella-zoster virus infects nerves in the head, sometimes causing paralysis.
Disney aficionados won’t get to see Egan perform on stage, but she will be performing her duties as executive producer behind the scenes. The tour is scheduled to start in October. 20.
“I will, of course, continue in my role as Executive Producer, working with great partners every day behind the scenes to deliver an absolutely stunning production,” she added.
Disney Concert also shared news of Egan’s diagnosis on social mediabefore ‘That’s So Raven’ star Anneliese van der Pol and actress Sarah Uriarte Berry announced they were going on tour.
“Susan continues her day-to-day production work behind the scenes to deliver an amazing production to our guests,” they wrote.