Vulture interview with Daisy Eagan (Can it really be 26 years since "The Secret Garden?")
Posted by: SallyFx01:36 pm EDT 03/20/17
At 11 years old, she was the youngest ever female to win a Tony for her performance as Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden — an emotional experience that coincided with her mother’s fatal cancer diagnosis.
You’ve been on tour doing Secret Garden. Is it strange to go back to that production? It was such a big part of your life early on.
It’s definitely strange and I feel very fortunate to get to do it. In a lot of ways, it’s very restorative for me, because my mom was very ill when I was doing the show originally and now I get to go back and address my inner child and put that stuff to bed, which is nice. And I’ve had some mixed feelings about it. I was asked recently if I would do a concert version not attached to the production, and I thought, you know, I don’t need to be the woman who goes around doing Secret Garden all over the place, willy-nilly. I’m a part of this production because Lucy [Simon] and Marsha [Norman] asked me to be a part of it and that’s important to me. It’s a great opportunity to revisit and accept some stuff from the past.