Elaine Paige Talks About Her Career, Weddings, And A Possible Theatre Return?

Elaine Paige Talks About Her Career, Weddings, And A Possible Theatre Return?

The legendary Elaine Paige has given a brand-new exclusive interview to Attitude magazine, out today, in which she reflects on her career and suggests that she might be returning to theatre soon.

On getting the role of Evita at the age of 30, and singing eight shows a week: ""It gave me a chance to mature a little bit. I was still terribly young for my age. If that had come along when I was 18 or 20, I couldn't have handled it at all."

On Gypsy: "I would have loved to have done it, but I think probably it's too huge...Imelda Staunton is going to do it and I can't wait to see her. I think she'll probably give the definitive performance, because she's just a superb actress."

On her roles in Sunset Boulevard, Piaf and Chess: "I feel very proud that I can sit here now and associate myself with those musicals, because they were part of that important wave of British musical theatre, but you can't plan it. I've been very lucky."

On marriage: "Oh no, I'm a hippie, darling - an old hippie now."

On returning to theatre: "There's a possibility, a maybe, but we'll see. It's about timings."

The full interview is in Attitude magazine, out today Wednesday 30 April.

Image: BBC Radio 2


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