Daisy Eagan blossoms from Broadway baby to cabaret mama 

When Daisy Eagan appeared as one of the headliners in a Carnegie Hall concert of Stephen Sondheim’s music in 1992, she already was a Tony winner for the musical “The Secret Garden.” She was 12.

Now 34, this “Broadway Baby” — the tune she sang that night in 1992 — has a baby of her own, something she celebrates in her new act “One For My Baby” onstage Friday and Saturday at the Hotel Rex, presented by Society Cabaret.

There’s no tragic “child star gone bad” cautionary tale for Eagan.

“I think I may have flirted with that when I was a teenager, but I think more than being a tragic ex-child-star, it was actually just an angry teenager,” she says.

There were reasons to be angry. Chief among them was losing her mother to cancer just months after becoming the youngest actress ever to win a Tony.

“That certainly had a major, major impact on my career,” she says. “I was not necessarily emotionally available for work, even though I kept working, which is probably what I shouldn’t have done.”

She did take time off from her career before returning to Broadway in 2000 for “James Joyce’s The Dead.” She moved to Los Angeles in 2003 and made several television series guest appearances. She also appeared in a well-received production of Michael John LaChiusa’s “The Wild Party” in 2005.

“I have to say that was one of my favorite theater experiences ever. It was just so much fun,” she says.

Still, after a few years in Hollywood, Eagan contemplated leaving show business entirely. She studied psychology and creative writing.

“I was going to become a therapist,” she says.

Then in 2010, she had a turn-around.

“I did my first one-woman show and decided to get back in the business,” she says, noting the solo experience was “far more creatively rewarding than trying to hawk your wares for TV.”

Two years later, she had another turnaround, discovering she was unexpectedly pregnant not long after breaking up with her partner, writer Kurt Bloom. The pair reunited and parenting ensued when son Monty arrived in May.

Eagan’s creative writing classes have been put to hilarious and unexpurgated use, documenting the parenting adventure in both her blog (daisyeagan.com) and Twitter feed (@DaisyEagan).

“The show is largely pulled from my blog,” Eagan says of the part monologue, part jazz-pop standards cabaret directed by Drew Droege. “A lot of it is going to be very off the cuff and very funny.”


Daisy Eagan

Presented by Society Cabaret

Where: Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St., S.F.

When: 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday

Tickets: $25 to $45

Contact: (415) 857-1896, www.societycabaret.com

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Robert Sokol

Robert Sokol

Robert Sokol is the editor at BAYSTAGES, the creative director at VIA MEDIA, and a lifelong arts supporter. Diva wrangler, cinefiler, and occasional saloon singer, he has been touching showbiz all his life. (So far no restraining orders have been issued!)... more
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