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Elaine Paige, as an actress, singer, producer and broadcaster, has made a major contribution to the modern musical which ensures her own chapter in the entertainment world and justifies the title “The First Lady of Musical Theatre”. She has starred in numerous West End productions and on Broadway and in concert internationally, sweeping to fame when she created her award winning performance as Eva Peron in 'Evita'. Shortly afterwards she created the role of Grizabella in the original production of 'Cats' and the classic song Memory became one of Elaine's many hit records.
Further theatre productions: 'Hair', 'Jesus Christ Superstar', 'Grease', 'Billy', 'Chess' (with her record breaking number one hit 'I Know Him So Well' with Barbara Dickson), 'Anything Goes', 'Piaf', 'Sunset Boulevard' in London and Broadway, 'The King and I', 'Sweeney Todd' (New York City Opera). She has worked twice with Sir Peter Hall's Theatre Company in The Misanthrope and Feydeau’s 'Where There’s A Will.'
November 2010 saw the release of Elaine’s brand new studio album, Elaine Paige & Friends. Recorded in New York and produced by legendary record producer Phil Ramone for Rhino/Warner Bros Records. It features duets with 14 of her favourite musical performers, including (in alphabetical order): Paul Anka, John Barrowman, Michael Bolton, Kenny G, Barry Manilow, Johnny Mathis, Idina Menzel, Olivia Newton-John, Billy Ocean, Sinead O’Connor, LeAnn Rimes, Jon Secada, Neil Sedaka and Dionne Warwick. The album entered the Top 20 in the UK and Elaine was awarded a gold disc for sales over 100,000 by the end of the year.
In February 2011, Elaine returned to the concert stage with a new show which featured a selection of her favourite standards, her greatest hits and some of the modern classics from her new album. Following this tour Elaine flew to the US to star as Carlotta Campion in Stephen Sondheim’s Follies at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC where she received critical acclaim from reviewers and audiences alike:
“Paige throws a feisty earthiness into act one's electric I'm Still Here” - Variety
“Paige’s performance earned the longest, heartiest ovation on opening night” - Baltimore Sun
“She sings the song to perfection” - Talkinbroadway
Following a intimate concert at Chichester Cathedral as part of the 2011 festivities, Elaine reprised her role in Follies when she made her return to Broadway, at the Marquis Theater in New York – opening night 12th September. With tours throughout 2012, her continued success on BBC Radio 2 and another CD of duets, 'Elaine Paige & Friends 2', it’s very fitting for Elaine to be singing, in Follies, 'I’m Still Here!'