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Elaine Paige

Birth Place: ENGLAND

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Award winning Elaine Paige, actress, singer, producer, radio presenter, has made a unique and major contribution to the stage musical. She has starred in more smash hit West End & Broadway musicals than anyone else of her generation – Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Billy, Anything Goes, Piaf, Sunset Boulevard, The King & I, Sweeney Todd, The Drowsy Chaperone, Follies, originating the award winning role of Eva Peron in Evita, followed by Grizabella in Cats and Florence in Chess. Elaine has defined musicals, set standards and in 1995 was awarded an OBE for services to Musical Theatre by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
A thrilling live performer, with appearances in concert all over the world from The WhiteHouse, The Great Hall of the People in Beijing and the Sydney Opera House to the Bolshoi, New York’s Lincoln Center and London’s Royal Albert Hall. Elaine has recorded 22 solo albums, working with producers such as Tony Visconti, Dennis Lambert, Peter Matz and Phil Ramone, and artists such as Freddie Mercury & Queen and Abba. Elaine has featured on 7 cast albums, earned eight consecutive gold and four multi-platinum discs achieving chart topping hits including Memory, Don’t Cry For Me Argentina and I Know Him So Well which have become her signatures.
Further stage work includes Sir Peter Hall’s Theatre Company in The Misanthrope (Piccadilly Theatre,) Feydeau’s Where There’s A Will (Yvonne Arnold Theatre.) In 2014 Elaine celebrated 50 years on stage with a concert at the Royal Albert Hall, I’m Still Here, which was filmed and screened in cinemas worldwide. Christmas 2017 saw Elaine play the evil Queen Rat in the London Palladium’s pantomime spectacular – Dick Whittington, which went on to win an Olivier Award for Best Entertainment & Family and Elaine, won Best Female Baddie at the Great British Panto Awards!
Elaine’s television work includes Beautiful People (BBC); A Murder is Announced (Granada/WGBH,) Where The Heart Is (Granada Television,) her own TV series The Elaine Paige Show (Sky Arts,) Midsummer Night’s Dream (BBC), Home From Home (BBC) Midsomer Murders (ITV) All Star Musicals (ITV) and is currently filming a new BBC drama to air in 2020.
Elaine continues to be one of the star presenters on BBC Radio 2 with her own lunchtime show, Elaine Paige On Sunday, which is now in its 16th year and regularly attracts over 2.5 million listeners each week.
She has been honoured with a number of awards: Society of West End Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Musical and Variety Club Award for Show Business Personality of the year (1978); Variety Club Award for Musical Artiste (1986); Gold Badge of Merit from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (1994); Order of the British Empire for services to Musical Theatre (1995); Variety Club Award for Best Actress (1995); HMV Lifetime Achievement Award (1996); Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (1999); Variety Club Special Presentation for 40 Years on Stage (2009); Honorary Degree of Doctor Of Letters by the University of East Anglia and Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts (2012); Variety Lifetime Achievement Award (2016) and University of Hertfordshire Honorary Doctor of Arts (2017.)
Out of her work schedule Elaine supports various charities close to her heart including The Dan Maskell Tennis Trust, The Children’s Trust Tadworth, EveryChild, The Royal Voluntary Service, Breast Cancer Campaign, Noah’s Ark Hospice, The Lady Taverners, Support Dogs and St Thomas’ Lupus Trust amongst others.

Elaine Paige Photos


[West End]
London Palladium Production, 2017
Queen Rat

Broadway Revival, 2011
Carlotta Campion

[Washington, DC (Regional)]
Kennedy Center Revival, 2011
Carlotta Campion

[West End]
London Production, 2007
Drowsy Chaperone

New York City Opera Production, 2004
Mrs. Lovett

Performer [Replacement]

[West End]
London Production, 2000
Anna Leonowens

Original Broadway Production, 1994
Norma Desmond [Replacement]

[West End]
London Revival, 1993

[West End]
Original London Production, 1993
Norma Desmond [Replacement]

[West End]
London Production, 1989
Reno Sweeney

[West End]
Original London Production, 1986

[London Fringe]
London Concert, 1984

[West End]
Original London Production, 1983

[West End]
Original London Production, 1981

[West End]
Original London Production, 1978
Eva Peron

[West End]
Original London Production, 1974

Elaine Paige Awards and Nominations

Drama Desk Awards - 2012 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical

Elaine Paige, Follies

Drama Desk Awards - 2004 - Outstanding Actress - Musical

Elaine Paige, Sweeney Todd

Olivier Awards - 1996 - Best Actress in a Musical

Elaine Paige, Sunset Boulevard

Olivier Awards - 1994 - Best Actress in a Musical

Elaine PaigePiaf

Olivier Awards - 1990 - Outstanding Performance of the Year by an Actress in a Musical

Elaine Paige, Anything Goes

Olivier Awards - 1986 - Outstanding Performance of the Year by an Actress in a Musical

Elaine Paige, Chess

Olivier Awards - 1978 - Performance of the Year in a Musical

Elaine Paige, Evita

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Elaine Paige News

Joe Lycett's ART HOLE To Be Published This Autumn

Anna Valentine, Managing Director of The Orion Publishing Group, has acquired World rights to Joe Lycett's Art Hole by Joe Lycett, from Hannah Chambers at Chambers Management, in a competitive eight way auction.

Bernadette Peters & Lea Salonga Will Lead STEPHEN SONDHEIM'S OLD FRIENDS in LA and on Broadway

Center Theatre Group (CTG) announced today the North American premiere of Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends, starring Bernadette Peters (Gypsy, Annie Get Your Gun) and Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon, Here Lies Love), and directed by Sir Matthew Bourne (Swan Lake, My Fair Lady), playing at the Ahmanson Theatre from February 8—March 9, 2025. 

Ava Paris Locknar to Present TALL GIRL SINGING at Birdland Theater

BIRDLAND THEATER will present rising actress and vocalist Ava Paris Locknar in “Tall Girl Singing' this month. Learn more about the show and see how to purchase tickets.

See Alice Ripley and John McDaniel, JIM CARUSO'S CAST PARTY & More at Birdland in April

Birdland Jazz Club and Birdland Theater are open this April with a full slate of nightly performances! See who is performing and learn how to purchase tickets.

EVITA to be Presented at San Francisco Playhouse this summer

San Francisco Playhouse’s 2023-24 season will conclude with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Evita. See performance dates and learn how to purchase tickets.

THE VOICE's Wendy Moten to Return to Birdland Jazz Club in April

BIRDLAND JAZZ CLUB will present return of Nashville vocalist Wendy Moten – best known for her 2021 run on NBC’s “The Voice”. Learn how to purchase tickets.

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Extends Booking Until 29 March 2025

Andrew Lloyd Webber's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at His Majesty's Theatre has extended its booking until Saturday 29 March 2025. Find out how to get tickets here!

Linda Purl and Diva Jazz Orchestra Bring BIG BAND ROMANCE to Birdland in April

Birdland has announced that singer/actress Linda Purl, joined with internationally, acclaimed DIVA Jazz Orchestra, returns to its historic stage on Monday April 1 at 7pm.

Wake Up With BroadwayWorld March 5, 2024

Rise and shine, BroadwayWorld! It is March 5, 2024 and it's time to catch up on all of the theatrical happenings you may have missed in the last 24 hours.

Interview: Cassandra Marie Murphy's Sharpening Her Acting Chops in SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET

A Noise Within puts their unique spin on Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street opening February 17, 2024 (with previews starting February 11th). ANW’s co-producing artistic director Julia Rodriguez-Elliott directs the cast of: Geoff Elliott, James Everts, Amber Liekhus, Joanna A. Jones, Jeremy Rabb, Cassandra Marie Murphy, Kasey Mahaffy, Josey Montana McCoy and Harrison White.  Cassandra, who plays the cutting role of Mrs. Lovett, graciously took time from juggling her rehearsals with her motherly duties to answer a few of my queries.

Christine Toy Johnson's Solo Show Will Benefit The Dramatists Guild Foundation And Entertainment Community Fund

Moongate Productions presents a performance of A LITTLE MORE BLUE, written and performed by award-winning writer/actor/advocate for inclusion Christine Toy Johnson on Sunday, January 14, 2024 at 3 pm at the Tateuchi Democracy Forum at the Japanese American National Museum.

Bernadette Peters Joins 2nd Sailing of The Broadway Cruise

Theatre legend and multi-Tony Award Winner Bernadette Peters (Old Friends, Annie Get Your Gun, “The Good Fight”) has joined the previously announced stars of the theatre and creative luminaries for an unforgettable vacation where tropical weather and calm seas await on the 2nd annual Broadway Cruise.



Actor Joss Ackland Has Died Aged 95

British actor Joss Ackland has died at the age of 95, his family said in a statement. 

Elaine Paige and Bernadette Peters Will Host the First WEST END WOOFS (AND MEOWS)

Following the success of Broadway Barks across the pond, stage icons Elaine Paige and Bernadette Peters will host the first live WEST END WOOFS (AND MEOWS) on Saturday 18 November from 10.00am - 12.30pm at St Paul’s Church.

Theatre Industry Pays Tribute to Bill Kenwright

Tributes from the theatre industry have been pouring in for Bill Kenwright, who passed away at the age of 78.

Photos: Go Inside Opening Night for STEPHEN SONDHEIM'S OLD FRIENDS

The stars were out in force to celebrate the opening night of Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends at the Gielgud Theatre. Check out the photos below!

'The Music Would Stick With Me for The Rest of My Life': Guest Blog by Producer Blair Russell on The Long Road to Bring FOR TONIGHT to the Stage

The new musical For Tonight by Shenelle Salcido and Spencer Williams plays a one-night-only staged concert on September 5 at the Adelphi Theatre. Lead producer Blair Russell (Slave Play, Lizard Boy) discusses the often circuitous journey the show, and many shows like it, have faced to make it from an idea on the page to the West End stage.

Cast Revealed For CHOIR BOY at Bristol Old Vic

Alongside unveiling their brand new show image, Bristol Old Vic today announced the full cast and creative team for Choir Boy, with a cast led by some of the hottest young musical theatre stars in the UK.

Video: Andrew Lloyd Webber, Betty Buckley and Elaine Paige Reflect on 30 Years of SUNSET BOULEVARD

Watch Betty Buckley, Elaine Paige, and Andrew Lloyd Webber reflect on 30 years of Sunset Boulevard.


How many Broadway shows has Elaine Paige been in?

Elaine Paige has appeared on Broadway in 2 shows.

How many West End shows has Elaine Paige been in?

Elaine Paige has appeared on London's West End in 11 shows.

What was Elaine Paige's first West End show?

Elaine Paige's first West End show was Billy which opened in 1974

What awards has Elaine Paige been nominated for?

Elaine Paige has been nominated for several prestigious awards throughout her career, including Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical at the Drama Desk Awards for "Follies," Outstanding Actress - Musical at the Drama Desk Awards for "Sweeney Todd," Best Actress in a Musical at the Olivier Awards for "Sunset Boulevard" and "Piaf," Outstanding Performance of the Year by an Actress in a Musical at the Olivier Awards for "Anything Goes" and "Chess," and Performance of the Year in a Musical at the Olivier Awards for "Evita."

What awards has Elaine Paige won?

Elaine Paige has won the Outstanding Actress - Musical award at the Drama Desk Awards for "Sweeney Todd" and the Performance of the Year in a Musical award at the Olivier Awards for "Evita."

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