Broadway star Susan Egan announced she was diagnosed with Bell’s palsy just weeks before her scheduled 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, announced the disturbing news on social media.
“Last week I was diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy (cute huh? Belle!) – a temporary condition that paralyzes one side of the face,” Egan wrote on Instagram. “I’ve been told it’s caused by a virus and it seems we have something of the sort lurking.
“I should be making a full recovery, but like Justin Bieber (good company!) who announced a similar condition, I am unable to perform at this time and will therefore not be touring with Disney Princess – The Concert this fall. ”
Bell’s palsy is a condition that causes temporary facial paralysis. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, it is “the most common cause of facial paralysis, although the exact cause is unknown.”
Symptoms of the condition appear “suddenly” over the course of two to three days, but may improve “after a few weeks” without treatment. Recovery can take about six months in some cases.
Egan was referring to Bieber’s Ramsay Hunt Syndrome diagnosis, which resulted in him having partial facial paralysis in June. The pop star had to postpone her world tour after the diagnosis.
According to New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital, Ramsay Hunt syndrome is characterized by a painful rash around the ear, face, or mouth. It manifests when the varicella-zoster virus infects a nerve in the head, sometimes causing paralysis.
While Disney fanatics won’t be seeing Egan on stage, she will still be fulfilling her duties as executive producer behind the scenes. The tour is scheduled to begin on October 20th.
“Obviously I will continue to fulfill my role as Executive Producer alongside my amazing partners, working behind the scenes every day to bring you an absolutely incredible production,” she added.
Disney Concerts also shared the news of Egan’s diagnosis on social media, before announcing that That’s So Raven star Anneliese van der Pol and actress Sarah Uriarte Berry will be joining the tour.
“Susan will continue her daily production work behind the scenes to bring our guests an incredible production,” they wrote.
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