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Tracklist Revealed for Elaine Paige's ULTIMATE COLLECTION Album
by Louisa Brady - Apr 17, 2014

Broadway and West End superstar Elaine Paige is set to release a career-spanning collection of her most memorable recordings on Monday, April 24th. The album will be titled ELAINE PAIGE: THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION. The track listing for Paige's album was recently revealed. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Half-baked BLOOD BROTHERS Adaptation Needs More Time in the Womb
by David Fick - Oct 06, 2013

The reality of what has been achieved in this adaptation belies the potential that this version of BLOOD BROTHERS held in its conception. While there are some moments that work beautifully, there are many where the shaky ideological foundation upon which this production is built calls the entire exercise into question. (more...)

Mesa Arts Center Welcomes Broadway Star Elaine Paige Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2013

The Mesa Arts Center welcomes Elaine Paige, an actress, recording artist, producer, broadcaster, and major veteran of Broadway tonight, February 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Piper Repertory Theater. Best known for her award-winning performance as Eva Peron in Evita, she has starred in multiple West End productions including Cats, where she originated the role of Grizabella. (more...)

Elaine Paige Plays Gene & Shelley Enlow Recital Hall, 3/10
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2013

Gene & Shelley Enlow Recital Hall at Kean University (Enlow Hall) presents its third concert season featuring musical theater and internationally renowned star Elaine Paige in concert. As an actress, recording artist, producer and broadcaster, Ms. Paige 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". This one-night-only concert will be performed in Enlow Hall on Sunday, March 10th at 3pm. (more...)

Mesa Arts Center to Welcome Broadway Star Elaine Paige, 2/26
by BWW News Desk - Jan 07, 2013

The Mesa Arts Center welcomes Elaine Paige, an actress, recording artist, producer, broadcaster, and major veteran of Broadway on Tuesday, February 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Piper Repertory Theater. Best known for her award-winning performance as Eva Peron in Evita, she has starred in multiple West End productions including Cats, where she originated the role of Grizabella. (more...)

BWW Reviews: BLOOD BROTHERS, Birmingham Hippodrome, October 23 2012
by Jenny Antill - Oct 24, 2012

Bill Kenwright's production of Blood Brothers seems to be constantly touring the UK. Some may say a little too often but with Birmingham Hippodrome packed to the rafters last night and the reaction that the show received, there is still obviously a high demand for the production. (more...)

This Is Your Brain On Musical Theatre - 10 questions with (The First Lady of Musical Theatre!) Elaine Paige
by Jacqueline Bublitz - Oct 04, 2012

A genuine superstar of musical theatre, Elaine Paige is much loved on both sides of the Atlantic and here across the Pacific. As she prepares for a concert tour of Australia and New Zealand later this month, she took time out to share a little of her (legendary!) brain on musical theatre. (more...)

Elaine Paige to Launch Australian Concert Tour in October
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2012

Following her current run in Sondheim's 'Follies' in Los Angeles Elaine Paige will return to the UK and prepare for a tour 'down under' which kicks off in Hamilton, New Zealand on 14th October, Christchurch on 16th and then travels across to Australia for Perth on 20th, ending in Brisbane on 30th. (more...)

Auckland Music Theatre Presents CHESS, Now thru May 26
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2012

Auckland Music Theatre presents CHESS from 12th-26th of May, by arrangement of The Play Bureau (NZ) Limited. (more...)

SPECIAL: A Whitney Houston Retrospective
by Pat Cerasaro - Feb 11, 2012

The entire entertainment world is reeling. We have lost one of our most iconic pop, R&B and soundtrack performers this evening - as well as a formidable movie star in her own right - Whitney Houston was just reported dead at the age of 48. Having had one of the most successful and most multimedia of careers of any multi-hyphenate star in recent memory, Houston scored multiple Grammys and racked up countless nominations over the course of her multi-decade recording career, yet her most notable contributions to the world of music reside in her outstanding soundtrack work - most of all, the songs for the film in which she made the transition into feature film leading lady, 1992's THE BODYGUARD. The biggest hit from THE BODYGUARD's blockbuster soundtrack was undoubtedly Houston's rendition of a Dolly Parton song originally recorded in 1974 and later made famous by Parton in the feature film version of the Broadway hit THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS, "I Will Always Love You". In addition to Houston's sensational work on that mega-selling soundtrack - one of the Top 5 best-selling soundtracks of all time - she also provided her dramatic and vocal skills to the multi-platinum soundtracks to THE PREACHER'S WIFE and WAITING TO EXHALE, both films which she also starred in to much box office success. An Oscar-winning duet with Mariah Carey, "When You Believe" by WICKED's Stephen Schwartz from THE PRINCE OF EGYPT is yet another diadem in Houston's triple crown of accomplishments in the realms of music, film and television - having dominated all. Theatre fans may know Houston best for her incomparable portrayal of the Fairy Godmother in the incredibly successful 1997 ABC TV adaptation of Rodgers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA starring Brandy and produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. In addition to Houston's contributions to THE BODYGUARD, THE PREACHER'S WIFE, WAITING TO EXHALE, THE PRINCE OF EGYPT and CINDERELLA, Houston also rose to fame early in her career for her rendition of "Home" from THE WIZ on THE Merv Griffin SHOW, as well as made a mark with a Cissy Houston duet on the CHESS international smash, "I Know Him So Well" on her second hit album. The last project Houston was working on prior to her death on Saturday night was the feature film musical SPARKLE, co-starring AMERICAN IDOL winner and Broadway standout Jordin Sparks. SPARKLE reportedly completed production of principal photography and soundtrack sessions, though it is not clear when the musical remake will now be released in light of Houston's unexpected death. No matter the circumstances of her life and death, Whitney Houston most surely left a legacy that will never be forgotten by those that adored her for her vast multitude of talents and many notable accomplishments in all areas of entertainment. (more...)

Auckland Music Theatre to Present CHESS, May 2012
by BWW News Desk - Dec 22, 2011

Auckland Music Theatre will present CHESS from 12th-26th of May, by arrangement of The Play Bureau (NZ) Limited. (more...)

Upcoming Broadway DVD Releases for December 2011
by - Dec 02, 2011

Check out the latest in upcoming releases of Broadway and theatre related DVDs for December 2011. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Talking with Chess' James Fox
by Kelly Cameron - Oct 23, 2011

Chess is nearing the end of its 6 week pre-West End run at Toronto's Princess of Wales Theatre, and today BWW speaks with James Fox, who plays Freddy in the production. James talks to us about the challenges working on such a vocally demanding show, preparation for singing Pity the Child and director Craig Revel Horwood. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Sir Tim Rice at CHESS Opening in Toronto
by Kelly Cameron - Oct 03, 2011

Chess opened on Wednesday, September 28th in Toronto after enjoying a sold-out tour in the UK. This lavish new production comes direct from England, and will play a limited engagement in Toronto before heading to London's West End. Directed by Strictly Come Dancing's Craig Revel Horwood and featuring a cast of some of the UK's most talented stage actors, the production is a feast for the eyes and ears. Sir Tim Rice was in Toronto for opening night, and BWW was on hand to bring you pictures of the curtain call. (more...)

Tim Rice to Host Public Twitter Q&A for Toronto CHESS Opening Online
by Kelly Cameron - Sep 27, 2011

Chess opens tomorrow in Toronto, fresh off a sold out UK tour. The production will play until the end of October when it ventures off to London's West End. In honour of opening night, Mirvish Productions is hosting a special Twitter Q&A with none other than lyricist Sir Tim Rice. BWW will be on hand to give you all the details of the event. (more...)

BWW TV EXCLUSIVE: BACKSTAGE WITH RICHARD RIDGE: She's Still Here - Elaine Paige on FOLLIES, CATS, EVITA & More!
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - Sep 20, 2011

Welcome back to BroadwayWorld's newest feature, and first-ever talk show, BACKSTAGE WITH RICHARD RIDGE. Follow Richard as he visits Broadway's best and brightest in their Broadway dressing rooms to talk about their lives, careers and all of the things you don't know, but want to know. In this week's installment, Richard sits with the UK's First Lady of Musical Theatre, Elaine Paige - still here and still going strong. Paige is back on Broadway for the second time in her career as the fearless Carlotta Campion in FOLLIES at the Marquis Theatre. (more...)

Atomic Kitten's Natasha Hamilton To Star In BLOOD BROTHERS, 1/24
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2011

NATASHA HAMILTON, one third of Atomic Kitten, the UK's most internationally successful girl group of the last ten years is to make her West End stage debut in Willy Russell's legendary musical, BLOOD BROTHERS. Her opening performance will be Monday 24 January 2011 at London's Phoenix Theatre. (more...)

Atomic Kitten's Natasha Hamilton To Star In BLOOD BROTHERS
by BWW News Desk - Nov 05, 2010

NATASHA HAMILTON, one third of Atomic Kitten, the UK's most internationally successful girl group of the last ten years is to make her West End stage debut in Willy Russell's legendary musical, BLOOD BROTHERS. Her opening performance will be Monday 24 January 2011 at London's Phoenix Theatre. (more...)

SPECIAL PREVIEW: InDepth InterView - Elaine Paige
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 13, 2010

Today, in honor of the American premiere of ELAINE PAIGE: CELEBRATING FORTY YEARS ONSTAGE being broadcast on PBS this week is a sneak peek of an upcoming InDepth InterView with legendary star of Broadway and the West End, Elaine Paige. In this portion of the interview we discuss the writing of CHESS with ABBA's Benny Andersson & Bjorn Ulvaeus and lyricist Tim Rice, as well as her thoughts on contemporaries like Patti LuPone and, of course, originating the leads in EVITA, CATS, CHESS. We also preview her new album produced by Phil Ramone and featuring a duet with Barry Manilow. We also discuss the new song written for her by Stiles & Drewe for the concert. (more...)

Elaine Paige: Celebrating a Life on Stage to Air on PBS June 8
by BWW News Desk - Jun 08, 2010

Elaine Paige, the 'First Lady of British Musical Theatre,' performs her greatest hits in celebration of her 40th anniversary in showbiz in the new PBS special ELAINE PAIGE: CELEBRATING A LIFE ON STAGE. The program takes the audience on a journey from Paige's beginnings in the musical Hair to performances from Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, Chess, Cats, Sunset Boulevard and many more from the West End to Broadway. Part of special programming airing on PBS in June, ELAINE PAIGE will premiere on Thirteen New York on Wednesday, June 9 at 8 p.m. (more...)

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