Elaine Paige

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Elaine Paige

English singer and actress best known for her work in musical theatre add

Category: Music

Born in 1948.

Countries: United Kingdom (49%), United States (29%), Australia (10%)

Main connections: Cheryl Barker, Marina Prior, Teddy Tahu Rhodes

Linked to: The Independent, Daily Mirror, The Daily Telegraph, National Operatic and Dramatic Association




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Elaine Paige was born in 1948 add something


Raised in Barnet, North London, Paige attended the Aida Foster stage school, making her first professional appearance on stage in 1964, at the age of 16 add something


Her appearance in the 1968 production of "Hair" marked her West End debut add something


Tim Rice - Rice married Jane McIntosh on 19 August 1974, but the marriage dissolved in the late 1980s after the British tabloid newspapers revealed that he had been conducting an affair with actress/singer Elaine Paige


Following a number of roles over the next decade, Paige was selected to play Eva Perón in the first production of "Evita" in 1978, which brought her to the attention of the broader public add something


She played the role for 20 months in total, from 1978 to 1980 add something


She released her first studio album in 1978, entitled "Sitting Pretty" add something


Don't Cry for Me Argentina - When Covington chose not to reprise the role in the 1978 stage musical, Elaine Paige was cast as Eva in the London production


In the 1980 ITV drama series, "Lady Killers", Paige played convicted murderer Kate Webster add something


Paige has never married nor had children, although she had an 11-year affair with the lyricist Tim Rice throughout the 1980s add something


Muriel Young - Changing direction again in the mid 1980s, Young made two series of "Ladybirds", a Channel 4 programme from Mike Mansfield's independent company, in which she interviewed female singers including Barbara Dickson, Elaine Paige and Kiki Dee


Compilation album with material taken from the WEA albums; 1981 to 1994 add something


Paige went on to portray some of Lloyd Webber's most notable female characters, creating the role of Grizabella in the original production of "Cats" from 11 May 1981 to 13 February 1982 add something


Judi Dench - In 1981, Dench was due to play the title role of Grizabella in the original production of "Cats", but was forced to pull out due to a torn Achilles tendon, leaving Elaine Paige to play the role


She originated the role of Florence for the 1984 concept album of "Chess", with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Ulvaeus and Andersson add something


In 1985, Paige released "I Know Him So Well" with Barbara Dickson from the musical "Chess", which remains the biggest-selling record by a female duo add something


In 1985, Paige released "I Know Him So Well", a duet from "Chess", singing with Barbara Dickson add something


"Time", 18 March 1985 add something


From 1986 to 1987, Paige appeared as Florence in the stage production of "Chess", a role that earned her another Laurence Olivier award nomination in the category of Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Musical add something


She next sang at the White House in 1988 add something


Beyond her theatre roles, she appeared in the television programme "Unexplained Laughter" in 1989 alongside Diana Rigg add something


Paige took on the part of Reno Sweeney in the musical production of "Anything Goes", which she co-produced and starred in from 1989 to 1990 add something


John Barrowman - Barrowman's professional acting career began in London's West End in 1989, playing the role of Billy Crocker in Cole Porter's "Anything Goes" at the Prince Edward Theatre, alongside Elaine Paige as Reno Sweeney and Bernard Cribbins as Moonface Martin


Jonathan Pryce - Royal Festival Hall - Pryce returned to the London stage the following year to star for one night only at the Royal Festival Hall for an AIDS charity alongside Elaine Paige and Lilliane Montivecchi in the 1992 revival of the Federico Fellini-inspired musical "Nine"


In 1993, Paige signed up for a year as French chanteuse Édith Piaf in Pam Gems' musical play, "Piaf", to critical acclaim add something


Paige stepped briefly into the role of Norma Desmond in Lloyd Webber's West End production of "Sunset Boulevard" in 1994, when Betty Buckley was taken ill due to her undergoing an emergency appendectomy add something


During the run of "Sunset Boulevard" at the West End's Adelphi Theatre in 1995, Paige discovered a lump in her breast, prompting her to consult her doctor, who at first reassured her there was nothing to be concerned about add something


In 1995, Paige was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth for her contributions to musical theatre add something


The last track was unreleased until the album was re-issued on CD in 1995 add something


Arts commentator Melvyn Bragg hosted a special edition of "The South Bank Show" about Paige's career in 1996, entitled "The Faces of Elaine Paige" add something


Paige made her Broadway debut in "Sunset Boulevard" in 1996, playing the lead role of Norma Desmond, to critical acclaim add something


She won the Variety Club award for Best Actress of the Year, and was nominated for a best actress Olivier award in 1996 for her performance in the musical add something


Paige transferred to the American production of "Sunset Boulevard" to make her Broadway debut at the Minskoff Theatre on 12 September 1996, staying with the show until it closed on 22 March 1997 add something


"The New York Times", 13 September 1996 add something


In 1997, Paige made her United States concert debut when she opened the Boston Pops season, which was aired on WGBH in America add something


Paige's next role was Célimène in the non-musical play "Le Misanthrope" in 1998, but she admitted that she missed the musical element and that the silence was slightly unsettling to her add something


"The New York Times", 1 November 1998 add something


She later performed alongside Bette Midler in a 1999 New York concert to raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation add something


From 2000 to 2001, she starred as Anna Leonowens in a revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The King and I" at the London Palladium add something


She appeared in "The King and I" from 2000 to 2001, and six years later she returned to the West End stage in "The Drowsy Chaperone" add something


"Evening Standard" , 25 April 2000 add something


"Metro", 5 January 2001 add something


Fei Xiang - In 2001, Andrew Lloyd Webber produced and personally supervised a major production of "The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber" starring Elaine Paige and Fei Xiang


"The Daily Telegraph", 5 December 2002 add something


In 2003, she played Angèle in "Where There's a Will", directed by Peter Hall add something


Since 2004 she has hosted her own show on BBC Radio 2 called "Elaine Paige on Sunday" add something


The Stephen Sondheim Society, 12 March 2004 add something


In September 2004, Paige began a weekly radio show, "Elaine Paige on Sunday", on BBC Radio 2, featuring music from musical theatre and film add something


Paige focused on television appearances, playing Dora Bunner in the 2005 ITV adaptation of Agatha Christie's "A Murder is Announced" in the "Marple" series, before performing a guest role as a post mistress in "Where the Heart Is" add something


Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 11 October 2005 add something


The release of Paige's first full studio album of new recordings in 12 years was marked in 2006, entitled "Essential Musicals" add something


With a noticeable absence from musical theatre, having not taken a role for many years, she explained in 2006 that "there's been nothing that I've wanted to do, and if you're going to commit to a year at the theatre, six days a week, and have no life, it's got to be something that you want to do with all your heart" add something


"Swindon Advertiser", 15 July 2006 add something


"Manchester Evening News", 17 October 2006 add something


On 20 and 21 December 2006, she performed in concert in Shanghai, extending her concert tour to two dates to satisfy demand add something


She next collaborated with the duo Secret Garden in recording the song "The Things You Are to Me" for their 2007 album, "Inside I'm Singing" add something


Society of London Theatre, 6 June 2007 add something


"The Star", 8 June 2007 add something


Nickolas Grace - Grace played Underling the Butler in "The Drowsy Chaperone" with Elaine Paige at the Novello Theatre, which ended its run on 4 August 2007


In 2008, she celebrated the 40th anniversary of her professional debut on the West End stage debut add something


Mark Shenton highlighted her voice in 2008 as "one of the most distinctive and impressive voices in the business" add something


"Wrexham Evening Leader", 15 January 2008 add something


"Western Mail", 27 June 2008 add something


She opened the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in July 2008, performing some of her well-known songs from her 40-year career add something


"The Desert Sun", 10 August 2008 add something


"The Daily Telegraph", 20 September 2008 add something


To further celebrate 40 years since her professional stage debut, in October 2008 Paige released a picture-based autobiography entitled "Memories" add something


Hayley Westenra - On 30 November, Westenra was presented by Elaine Paige with the Variety Club Showbiz *awards 2008 Classical Performer of the Year for raising money to help sick, disabled and disadvantaged children and young people


An album entitled "Elaine Paige and Friends" was produced by Phil Ramone in 2010 add something


Paige has been dating Justin Mallinson since spring 2010 add something


Cliff Richard - The official party celebrating his 70th birthday was held on 23 October 2010, with guests including Cilla Black, Elaine Paige and Daniel O'Donnell


Paige played the role of Carlotta Campion in the Kennedy Center production of "Follies" in May and June 2011 at the Eisenhower Theatre in Washington, DC, receiving favourable reviews for her performance of the showstopper, "I'm Still Here add something


She reprised this role in the Broadway transfer of the musical at the Marquis Theatre beginning 7 August 2011 and ending on 22 January 2012 add something


Barbara Windsor - Since 2011 she has regularly stood in for Elaine Paige on her BBC Radio 2 show on Sunday afternoons between 1,00pm and 3,00pm


Paige played Carlotta in the engagement at the Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, California from 3 May 2012 through 9 June 2012 add something


The 400th edition was broadcast on Sunday 29 July 2012 add something


In 2014, Paige became involved in a six-episode limited show for Sky Arts television called "The Elaine Paige Show", featuring Broadway and West End stars add something


The inaugural Australian cruise of the performing arts on the in November 2014 included Paige as well as, among others, Cheryl Barker, David Hobson, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Simon Tedeschi, Marina Prior, and John Waters add something


Tommy Fleming (musician) - In November 2014, Fleming participated in the inaugural cruise of the Australian performing arts on the along with, among others, Cheryl Barker, David Hobson, Colin Lane, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Simon Tedeschi, Elaine Paige, Marina_Prior, and Jonathon Welch


Cheryl Barker - The inaugural Australian cruise of the performing arts on the in November 2014 included Barker as well as, among others, David Hobson, Colin Lane, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Simon Tedeschi, Elaine Paige, Marina_Prior, and Jonathon Welch


David Hobson (tenor) - The inaugural Australian cruise of the performing arts on the in November 2014 included Hobson as well as, among others, Cheryl Barker, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Simon Tedeschi, Elaine Paige, Marina_Prior, and John Waters


Teddy Tahu Rhodes - The inaugural Australian cruise of the performing arts on the in November 2014 included Rhodes as well as, among others, Cheryl Barker, David Hobson, Simon Tedeschi, Elaine Paige, Marina_Prior, and John Waters


Postponed Irish dates have been re-scheduled, with Paige giving four sold-out concerts in Dublin , Limerick and Cork between 10 and 16 February 2015 add something


On 11 July 2015 she starred at Scarborough Open Air Theatre, accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and with support from Collabro and Rhydian add something


A few days later, on 18 July 2015 Paige headlined the "Glamis Prom 2015" , with Susan Boyle as her special guest, once again with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra add something


In April 2016, it was announced that Paige would perform a number of concerts - on successive weekends rather than intensive schedule of a regular tour - entitled "Stripped Back" add something


In 2018 she played the part of Mercy Hackett in the BBC TV comedy "Home from Home" add something