The Secret of Happiness

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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/15/2011
  • Label: Lml Music
  • UPC: 711788026327
  • Catalog Number: 263
  • Sales rank: 227,110

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
Dan Fornero Trumpet
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
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 II Composer, Lyricist
Gioachino Rossini Composer
Andy Waterman Engineer, Mastering
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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