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Elaine Paige Joins Idina Menzel For BBC Concert

Elaine Paige Joins Idina Menzel For BBC ConcertTwo of the world's most terrifically talented leading ladies will be joining together in song for this week's Friday Night Is Music Night concert, IDINA & FRIENDS on BBC, to be broadcast on April 26 - Tony Award-winning WICKED, RENT and Glee notable Idina Menzel and super-special guest, the legendary theatrical diva Elaine Paige.

Set to be recorded April 24 at Hackney Empire, the two Florences of CHESS fame will surely be sharing a song or two on the night, with Paige acting as one of the "friends" of the evening's title.

After all, Paige famously inspired the lead character in CHESS and starred on the concept album and in the inaugural West End mounting of the mega musical, while Menzel essayed the role at the spectacular recent Royal Albert Hall concert, which was recorded for DVD, CD and also broadcast on PBS.

Who knows, could a new "I Know Him So Well" be in the cards? It could be oh-so good and oh-so fine - but, we will have to wait until Friday to see!

Menzel will join the 60-piece BBC orchestra, conducted by Mike Dixon, for IDINA & FRIENDS, performing songs from her various theatrical endeavors - such as her Tony Award-winning work in WICKED, as well as RENT, AIDA and others - plus hits from Glee and her own solo albums

Menzel currently appears in a recurring role on the fourth season of FOX's hit musical dramedy series GLEE, which has just been renewed for two more seasons.

Tickets are now available to attend the concert live on April 24, which will be broadcast on April 26 at 8 PM UK time on BBC Radio 2.

More information is available at the official site here.

Check out the original announcement here.

Photo Credit: Walter McBride

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