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Broadway star Susan Egan reveals Bell’s palsy diagnosis after suffering facial paralysis


Broadway star Susan Egan revealed she’s been diagnosed with Bell’s palsy just weeks before she was attributable to head on tour.

The 52-year-old, who was nominated for a Tony Award for her role as Belle in 1994’s musical “Beauty and the Beast,” announced the troubling news on social media.

“So, this past week I used to be diagnosed with Bell’s palsy (cute right? Belle!) – a brief condition which paralyzes one side of the face,” Egan wrote on Instagram. “I’m told it’s triggered by a virus, and it seems we now have considered one of those lurking about.

“I should make a full recovery, but like Justin Bieber (good company!), who announced an analogous condition, I’m unable to perform at the moment, and thus won’t be on tour with Disney Princess – The Concert this fall.”

Bell’s palsy is a condition that causes temporary facial paralysis. It’s “probably the most common explanation for facial paralysis, although its exact cause is unknown,” in response to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

The condition’s symptoms appear “suddenly” over the course of two to a few days but can improve without treatment “after a couple of weeks.” Recovery can take about six months in some cases.

Egan referred to Bieber’s Ramsay Hunt Syndrome diagnosis, which caused him to have partial facial paralysis back in June. The pop star was forced to postpone his world tour following the diagnosis.

In accordance with Recent York’s Mount Sinai Hospital, Ramsay Hunt syndrome is marked by a painful rash across the ear, on the face, or on the mouth. It manifests when the varicella-zoster virus infects a nerve in the top, sometimes causing paralysis. 

Although Disney fanatics won’t see Egan acting on stage, she’s still going to be carrying out her duties as the manager producer behind the scenes. The tour is scheduled to start on Oct. 20.

Susan Egan said she is unable to perform “at the moment,” and won’t be on tour with Disney Princess this fall.The Walt Disney Company via Gett

“I’ll after all proceed in my role as executive producer, alongside my amazing partners, working each day behind the scenes to bring you a fully incredible production,” she added.

Disney Live shows also shared the news of Egan’s diagnosis on social media, before announcing “That’s So Raven” star Anneliese van der Pol and actress Sarah Uriarte Berry shall be joining the tour.

“Susan shall be continuing her each day producing work behind the scenes to bring our guests an incredible production,” they wrote.

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