Secret of Happiness

The Secret of Happiness

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by Susan Egan
     
 
Best known for her Tony-nominated performance in Beauty and the Beast and her role as Meg in Disney's Hercules, star of stage and screen Susan Egan's fifth studio album, The Secret of Happiness, is a refreshingly tongue-in-cheek affair that showcases a sense of humor often absent from similar musical theater-based

Overview

Best known for her Tony-nominated performance in Beauty and the Beast and her role as Meg in Disney's Hercules, star of stage and screen Susan Egan's fifth studio album, The Secret of Happiness, is a refreshingly tongue-in-cheek affair that showcases a sense of humor often absent from similar musical theater-based albums. Having given birth to two children since 2006's Winter Tracks, it's no surprise that her recently extended family appears to have provided much of the inspiration for its 12 theatrical tracks, whether it's the orchestral cover version of "Momsense," Christian comedian Anita Renfroe's YouTube sensation that reeled off her everyday sayings against a backdrop of The William Tell Overture; the emotive duet with producer Georgia Stitt on a rendition of "Children Will Listen," Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods Broadway number based on the relationship between child and parent; or the self-penned "Nina Doesn't Care," a delightfully self-deprecating account of her daughter's disinterest at having a Disney Princess as a mom. She's just as playful elsewhere, whether it's her simple acoustic take on Christine Lavin's regretful roll call of insults hurled during a fight ("And I was kidding when I said I hope the #103 bus hits and makes a pancake out of you"), her unique declaration of love on the heartfelt piano balladry of "I Have You" ("Newton had his apple/Michaelangelo had the Sistine chapel...I have you"), or her breezy jazz-tinged interpretation of Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific standard "Cock-Eyed Optimist." A gorgeously hushed and understated reworking of Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and the string-soaked self-help guide of the title track are proof, if any were needed, that she can play the leading lady just as well as the comic foil. But The Secret of Happiness is undoubtedly at its most endearing when it doesn't take itself too seriously.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/15/2011
Label:
Lml Music
UPC:
0711788026327
catalogNumber:
263

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Susan Egan   Primary Artist,Vocals
Sid Page   Violin,Concert Master
Bob Becker   Viola
Charlie Bisharat   Electric Violin
Jeff Bunnell   Trumpet
Bernie Dresel   Percussion
Jeff Driskill   Clarinet
Kevin Dukes   Guitar
Trey Henry   Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
Alan Kaplan   Trombone
Peter Kent   Violin
Joe Meyer   French Horn
Charlie Morillas   Trombone
Barbara Porter   Violin
Tom Walsh   Percussion,Drums
Craig Ware   Trombone
Julie Rogers   Violin
Nick Brown   Electric Bass,Electric Guitar
Wayne Bergeron   Trumpet
Rudy Stein   Cello
Amy Wilkins   Harp
Jennie Hansen   Viola
Chris Bleth   Oboe
Tim Christensen   Bass
Rose Corrigan   Bassoon
Jason Robert Brown   Organ,Piano
Georgia Stitt   Organ,Piano,Conductor
Diego Miralles   Cello
Becky Bunnell   Violin
Sharon Jackson   Violin
Andrew Synowiec   Guitar,Mandolin
Jessica van Velzen   Viola
Tiffany Yi Hu   Violin
David Stone   Bass
Lily Ho Chen   Violin
Daniel Fornero   Trumpet
Sara Andon   Flute
Andy Synowiec   Guitar,Mandolin
Giovanna Clayton   Cello
Brian O'Connor   French Horn

Technical Credits

Stephen Sondheim   Composer,Lyricist
Christine Lavin   Composer,Lyricist
Paul Simon   Composer,Lyricist
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Paul Gordon   Composer,Lyricist
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer,Lyricist
Gioachino Rossini   Composer
Andy Waterman   Engineer
Doug Haverty   Art Direction
Lee Lessack   Executive Producer
Dan Savant   Contracting
Dan Blessinger   Engineer
Jason Robert Brown   Arranger,Composer,Lyricist
Georgia Stitt   Arranger,Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Duet,Music Direction
Susan Egan   Composer,Lyricist
Brian Haner   Composer,Lyricist
Marcy Heisler   Composer,Lyricist
Anita Renfroe   Composer,Lyricist
Ethan Walter   Pro-Tools
Ashburn Miller   Pro-Tools
Lawrence Blank   Orchestration

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