Elaine Paige Biography (Wikipedia)
Elaine Paige OBE (born Elaine Jill Bickerstaff, 5 March 1948) is an English singer and actress best known for her work in musical theatre. Raised in Barnet, Hertfordshire, Paige attended the Aida Foster Theatre School, making her first professional appearance on stage in 1964, at the age of 16. Her appearance in the 1968 production of Hair marked her West End debut.
Following a number of roles over the next decade, Paige was selected to play Eva Perón in the first production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita in 1978, which brought her to the attention of the broader public. For this role, she won the Laurence Olivier Award for Performance of the Year in a musical. She went on to originate the role of Grizabella in Cats and had a Top 10 hit with "Memory", a song from the show.
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. She then appeared in the original stage production of Chess, followed by a starring role in Anything Goes which she also co-produced. Paige made her Broadway debut in Sunset Boulevard in 1996, playing the lead role of Norma Desmond, to critical acclaim. 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. She has also worked sporadically in television.
- Bette Midler talks about how Hello, Dolly! has changed her life: “I’ve lost 30 pounds!”https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p055z9x9.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p055z9x9.jpg2017-06-15T12:23:00.000ZElaine Paige chats to Bette Midler in a stairwell following her Tony Awards win!https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p055z9kz
Bette Midler talks about how Hello, Dolly! has changed her life: “I’ve lost 30 pounds!”
- Andrew Lloyd Webber: “You can’t listen to music if you can’t look at it”https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p052245f.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p052245f.jpg2017-05-05T14:59:00.000ZAndrew describes how director Hal Prince helped him understand what makes a musical workhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p052233g
Andrew Lloyd Webber: “You can’t listen to music if you can’t look at it”
- What does superstar Elaine Paige do when she forgets her lines?https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04hvpgz.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04hvpgz.jpg2016-11-25T09:33:00.000ZElaine Paige tell us how she still loves singing.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04hvph8
What does superstar Elaine Paige do when she forgets her lines?
- James Corden achieves a lifelong dreamhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03yf2pb.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03yf2pb.jpg2016-06-15T12:25:00.000ZThe host of the 2016 Tony Awards joins Elaine to perform "I Know Him So Well".https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03yf2qd
James Corden achieves a lifelong dream
- Elaine Paige chats musicals with Steve Wrighthttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p037vqs0.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p037vqs0.jpg2015-11-12T16:30:00.000ZEP discusses the history of musicals and her own 50 year part in it.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p037vqtq
Elaine Paige chats musicals with Steve Wright
- Elaine Paige chats Tony Awards with Steve Wrighthttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02t7ft7.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02t7ft7.jpg2015-06-08T15:39:00.000ZElaine Paige talks to Steve about last nights Tony Awards.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02t7g6s
Elaine Paige chats Tony Awards with Steve Wright
- Elaine Paige chats to Steve Wrighthttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02p94yb.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02p94yb.jpg2015-04-16T16:00:00.000ZThe singer, actress and Radio 2 presenter talks about the cinema showing of her concert.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02p9fh9
Elaine Paige chats to Steve Wright
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