Eric Millegan began his acting career at age 7, in the chorus of the 1981 Eugene (Oregon) Opera production of Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors. He continued with the company in several other productions, including Madame Butterfly, La Bohème, Carmen, and Hansel and Gretel. Throughout his childhood (which included three summers at the Interlochen Arts Camp), he appeared in productions of Oliver (twice), Annie, The Wizard of Oz, The King & I, Camelot, Bye Bye Birdie (twice), Snoopy, West Side Story, Cabaret, The Imaginary Invalid, Leader of the Pack, The Music Man (twice), Hello Dolly, HMS Pinafore, Iolanthe, The Mikado, Gypsy, A Christmas Carol (three times) and How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.
At The University of Michigan, Eric performed in Pal Joey, Brigadoon, The Baker’s Wife, Quilt: A Musical Celebration, The Most Happy Fella, Sunday in the Park with George, and 42nd Street. He also worked two summers at the Forestburgh Playhouse, appearing in Evita, Fiddler on the Roof, Camelot(again), Jesus Christ Superstar, and Promises Promises.
Upon graduation from Michigan, he moved directly to NYC where he made his Off-Broadway debut in Schoolhouse Rock Live! at the Atlantic Theater. He followed that up with an Off-Broadway production of The Imaginary Invalid, a show he had done at Interlochen in his youth. He got his Equity card playing “Doc” in Garland Wright’s production of Babes In Arms at the Guthrie Theater and as an understudy for the role of “Gus,” went on once performing opposite a relatively unknown Kristin Chenoweth. Eric followed this up with roles in The Most Happy Fella (yet again) in a joint production at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park & the Repertory Theater of St. Louis and Big River (as the “Young Fool”) at the Paper Mill Playhouse.
In 1998, he played “Kim McAfee” in Bye Bye Birdie: In Concert with an All Male Cast! in NYC. Then he went to Myrtle Beach, SC to play several roles including a dancing polar bear in The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Immediately, in early 1999, he was the “mistress” of ceremonies in Broadway La Cage at the Hilton in Atlantic City, NJ. He went to an open call for the 2000 Broadway production of Jesus Christ Superstar and was cast to play an apostle and to understudy Simon, a role he got to play 5 times.
With his career in high gear, he was cast to sing the famous “Aquarius” solo in the Encores production of Hair at City Center in 2001. He also began to work onscreen, guest starring in Law & Order: Criminal Intent’s first season and Sidney Lumet’s acclaimed series 100 Centre Street. His big screen debut came in his performance as “Ed Simone” in On_Line which made its world premiere at the 2002 Sundance International Film Festival. Later, in 2002, he returned to his opera roots and played the role of “Older Brother” in the New York premiere of Jake Heggie’s opera Dead Man Walking starring Joyce DiDonato at Lincoln Center. In the summer of 2003, he was cast to play a delivery boy on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm. He was in one scene acting alongside Larry David, Mel Brooks, and David Schwimmer but it was cut in the editing room and never seen. His name still appears in the credits of that episode which has caused confusion for some of his fans. Throughout this time, he helped shape new works of musical theater, playing lead roles in workshops and readings of Mask, Spring Awakening, With Glee and Altar Boyz to name a few.
In summer 2004, he landed the biggest break of his career being cast as “Harold” opposite Academy Award winner Estelle Parsons’ “Maude” in the world premiere of Tom Jones and Joseph Thalken’s Harold & Maude: The Musical at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey in January 2005. After that closed, he moved to Los Angeles. Three weeks later, he was cast to play “Zack Addy” on the FOX TV show Bones. In 2006, he returned to Eugene, Oregon, to play “Frederic” in Eugene Opera’s production of The Pirates of Penzance co-starring Christiane Noll and Richard White. In July 2013, he brought his critically acclaimed cabaret show to the Wildish Theater in Springfield, Oregon. Eric’s most recent film Lady Peacock is currently available to be seen on Prime Video. Eric has an international fan following. He has appeared and signed autographs at Paris Manga, San Diego Comic Con, New York Comic Con, Collectormania Milton Keynes (UK), LA Times Festival of Books, Wonder Con (Anaheim), and Space City Comic Con (Houston).
His voice over work includes spots for Hotels.com and the 2014 GMC Sierra. His debut album “Better… With Friends” is available at MilleganMusic.com and on all major internet platforms. He’s done standup comedy and is a professional magician.