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Elaine Paige

 
Birth Place:
ENGLAND
Bio:
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 ‚Äď Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Billy, Anything Goes, Piaf, ... (read complete bio)
 

Birth Place: ENGLAND

Bio:
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 ‚Äď Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Billy, Anything Goes, Piaf, ... (read complete bio)

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Stage Credits

  [West End]
London Palladium Production, 2017
Queen Rat
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2011
Carlotta Campion
  [Washington, DC (Regional)]
Kennedy Center Revival, 2011
Carlotta Campion
  [West End]
London Production, 2007
Drowsy Chaperone
  [Off-Broadway]
New York City Opera Production, 2004
Mrs. Lovett
  [Off-Broadway]
2003
Performer [Replacement]
  [West End]
London Production, 2000
Anna Leonowens
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1994
Norma Desmond [Replacement]
  [West End]
London Revival, 1993
Piaf
  [West End]
Original London Production, 1993
Norma Desmond [Replacement]
  [West End]
London Production, 1989
Reno Sweeney
  [West End]
Original London Production, 1986
Florence
  [London Fringe]
London Concert, 1984
Performer
  [West End]
Original London Production, 1983
Performer
  [West End]
Original London Production, 1981
Grizabella
  [West End]
Original London Production, 1978
Eva Peron
  [West End]
Original London Production, 1974
Rita

Elaine Paige Biography

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 ‚Äď 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‚Äôs Theatre Company in The Misanthrope (Piccadilly Theatre,) Feydeau‚Äôs Where There‚Äôs A Will (Yvonne Arnold Theatre.) In 2014 Elaine celebrated 50 years on stage with a concert at the Royal Albert Hall, I‚Äôm Still Here, which was filmed and screened in cinemas worldwide. Christmas 2017 saw Elaine play the evil Queen Rat in the London Palladium‚Äôs pantomime spectacular ‚Äď 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 Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 2012 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Elaine Paige, Follies
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2004 - Outstanding Actress - Musical Gold Star
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 Gold Star
Elaine Paige, Evita

Elaine Paige News

Single Tickets Available for Two Shows at the Terrace Theater Photo Single Tickets Available for Two Shows at the Terrace Theater
by Stephi Wild - Nov 11, 2022

 The American Theatre Guild has announced single tickets to two engagements at the Terrace Theater beginning in January 2023. Single tickets to THE SIMON & GARFUNKEL STORY and STOMP will go on sale Friday, November 18 at 10 a.m.

Michael Butler, Producer Of Broadway's Original HAIR, Passes Away At 95 Photo Michael Butler, Producer Of Broadway's Original HAIR, Passes Away At 95
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 8, 2022

Michael Butler, famed producer of the musical Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, passed peacefully November 7, 2022 at the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging in Reseda, CA.  He was born November 26, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois.

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by Michael Rabice - Nov 6, 2022

LEGALLY BLONDE, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF And More On Sale At The Buddy Holly Hall, October Photo LEGALLY BLONDE, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF And More On Sale At The Buddy Holly Hall, October 17
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 11, 2022

The American Theatre Guild¬†has¬†announced single tickets to five engagements in the 22‚Äď23 BROADWAY AT THE BUDDY HOLLY HALL SERIES will go on sale Monday, October 17 at 10 a.m. All engagements will be held at The Buddy Holly Hall.¬†

Shoreditch Town Hall Announces the Premiere of FLIES Photo Shoreditch Town Hall Announces the Premiere of FLIES
by Stephi Wild - Oct 5, 2022

Shoreditch Town Hall reveals an autumn-winter programme that celebrates the venue's commitment to collaboration, inclusivity and entertainment with premieres, co-productions, events and activity for all ages.

London International Mime Festival Opens in January 2023 Photo London International Mime Festival Opens in January 2023
by Stephi Wild - Sep 29, 2022

London International Mime Festival (LIMF), the UK's annual festival of contemporary visual theatre, opens on Monday 16 January and runs until Sunday 5 February 2023 with 15 productions including 8 international works in 8 London venues: Barbican Theatre & The Pit, Jacksons Lane, Little AngelTheatre, Shoreditch Town Hall, Peacock Theatre, The Place and Wilton's Music Hall. 

UK Theatre Community Share Statements & Updates On Passing Of Queen Elizabeth II Photo UK Theatre Community Share Statements & Updates On Passing Of Queen Elizabeth II
by BWW Staff - Sep 8, 2022

In the aftermath of the death of Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away at 96 after serving as the monarch of the United Kingdom for 70 years, Theatres across the UK will be dimming their lights tonight and observing a minute's silence.

Cast Announced For UK and Ireland Tour of MY FAIR LADY Photo Cast Announced For UK and Ireland Tour of MY FAIR LADY
by Stephi Wild - Aug 24, 2022

Casting has been announced for the UK and Ireland tour of Bartlett Sher's critically acclaimed and multi award-winning production of Lerner & Loewe's much loved MY FAIR LADY, which comes to Birmingham Hippodrome from Wednesday 8 March ‚Äď Sunday 26 March 2023.

New Cast Announced For MILLENNIALS at The Other Palace Studio Photo New Cast Announced For MILLENNIALS at The Other Palace Studio
by Stephi Wild - Aug 2, 2022

Joining the cast of brand-new British musical, Millennials, from 9 August is Georgina Castle (Cinderella), Lucca Chadwick-Patel (Legally Blonde), Jarnéia Richard- Noel (SIX the Musical), Cleve September (Hamilton), Rhys Taylor (Book of Mormon) and Becca Wickes (Heathers the Musical).

Actor Bernard Cribbins Dies At The Age of 93 Photo Actor Bernard Cribbins Dies At The Age of 93
by Aliya Al-Hassan - Jul 28, 2022

Actor, singer and entertainer Bernard Cribbins has died at the age of 93. The news was announced this morning (28 July)

Elaine Paige Videos

VIDEO: Watch Ali Ewoldt, Nic Rouleau & More Unite to Sing FOLLIES! Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch Ali Ewoldt, Nic Rouleau & More Unite to Sing FOLLIES!

by Stage Tube - Nov 30, 2020

Broadway stars are uniting yet again to sing in separation- this time to Follies. Watch below as Ali Ewoldt (Young Sally), Shoba Narayan (Young Phyllis), Zach Piser (Young Buddy), and Nic Rouleau (Young Ben) sing 'You're Gonna Love Tomorrow.'

Broadway Rewind: Bernadette Peters Sings 'Losing My Mind' and More from FOLLIES Videoplay
Broadway Rewind: Bernadette Peters Sings 'Losing My Mind' and More from FOLLIES

by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 12, 2020

Today we rewind to the 2011 revival of Follies, which opened at the Marquis Theatre and played for 152 performances.

VIDEO: Elaine Paige and the Young Voices of The Children's Trust Perform 'Sing a Rain Videoplay
VIDEO: Elaine Paige and the Young Voices of The Children's Trust Perform 'Sing a Rainbow'

by Stage Tube - Jul 17, 2020

Elaine Paige OBE, has recorded a special charity single, a cover of 'Sing a Rainbow,' in support of The Children's Trust.

VIDEO: Elaine Paige Performs 'I Know Him So Well' With Steph McGovern on THE STEPH SH Videoplay
VIDEO: Elaine Paige Performs 'I Know Him So Well' With Steph McGovern on THE STEPH SHOW

by Stage Tube - May 1, 2020

On today's edition of The Steph Show, Steph McGovern performs a duet with stage Elaine Paige.

VIDEO: Derren Brown Challenges The Showstoppers to Compose New Song in 24 Hours Videoplay
VIDEO: Derren Brown Challenges The Showstoppers to Compose New Song in 24 Hours

by Stage Tube - Apr 28, 2020

Inspired by his dog, Doodle, two-time Olivier award-winning master of magic and illusion, Derren Brown is the latest star to challenge The Showstoppers to The 24 Hour Musical Theatre Song Challenge.

VIDEO: Ramin Karimloo Challenges THE SHOWSTOPPERS to Write a Song in 24 Hours Videoplay
VIDEO: Ramin Karimloo Challenges THE SHOWSTOPPERS to Write a Song in 24 Hours

by Stage Tube - Apr 20, 2020

Ramin Karimloo has challenged The Showstoppers to compose a musical theatre song in just 24 hours.

VIDEO: THE SHOWSTOPPERS Create A Song in 24 Hours: 'Don't Go Out' in the Style of WES Videoplay
VIDEO: THE SHOWSTOPPERS Create A Song in 24 Hours: 'Don't Go Out' in the Style of WEST SIDE STORY

by Stage Tube - Apr 9, 2020

As BroadwayWorld reported yesterday, West End and Broadway star Elaine Paige launched the 24-Hour Song Challenge by challenging The Showstoppers to compose her a musical theatre song in just 24 hours. The improvisers were to compose a song about having to stay isolated at home in the style of 'West Side Story.'

VIDEO: Elaine Paige Challenges the Cast of SHOWSTOPPER! to Compose a Song in 24 Hours Videoplay
VIDEO: Elaine Paige Challenges the Cast of SHOWSTOPPER! to Compose a Song in 24 Hours

by Stage Tube - Apr 8, 2020

West End and Broadway star Elaine Paige today launches the 24-Hour Song Challenge by challenging The Showstoppers to compose her a musical theatre song in just 24 hours.

VIDEO: Legends of the Stage, Kristin Chenoweth and Elaine Paige, Unite for CHESS Duet Videoplay
VIDEO: Legends of the Stage, Kristin Chenoweth and Elaine Paige, Unite for CHESS Duet

by Paul Smith - Mar 19, 2019

Television audiences in the UK were lucky to hear the iconic Kristin Chenoweth and legendary Elaine Paige sing a duet together.

VIDEO: Elaine Paige Reflects on Being A Part of a 'Renaissance' of British Theatre Videoplay
VIDEO: Elaine Paige Reflects on Being A Part of a 'Renaissance' of British Theatre

by Stage Tube - Jan 28, 2019

Britain's first lady of musical theatre Elaine Paige is downunder this winter, with three more concerts coming up in Australia. Below, watch as she stops by Studio 10 to chat about creating some of theatres most iconic roles, and reflects on being back in Sydney!


Elaine Paige Frequently Asked Questions

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?
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Follies , Outstanding Actress - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Sweeney Todd , Best Actress in a Musical (Olivier Awards) for Sunset Boulevard , Best Actress in a Musical (Olivier Awards) for Piaf , Outstanding Performance of the Year by an Actress in a Musical (Olivier Awards) for Anything Goes Outstanding Performance of the Year by an Actress in a Musical (Olivier Awards) for Chess and Performance of the Year in a Musical (Olivier Awards) for Evita .

What awards has Elaine Paige won?
Outstanding Actress - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Sweeney Toddand Performance of the Year in a Musical (Olivier Awards) for Evita.


Twitter Watch

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@elaine_paige - 11/18/22 06:18am Here’s to a wonderful @BBCCiN tonight on @BBCOne … difficult times ahead for all but spare what you can for this wo… https://t.co/CLjmZ0WTTR


@elaine_paige - 11/16/22 10:04am A great song, Brave written by @SaraBareilles, performed by the children of @Amesbury_School with the aim to encour… https://t.co/dRczdmP4sa


@elaine_paige - 11/15/22 08:46am A very Happy 90th Birthday to ever youthful Petula Clark. Your energy & joie de vivre is a shining example to us al… https://t.co/zVoCVODfSz


@elaine_paige - 11/15/22 04:40am As my Over To You #EPOS on Sunday was so popular I thought I’d do another for my Christmas EPOS. Email Elaine@bbc.c… https://t.co/IUNRwQqrjI


@elaine_paige - 11/14/22 01:26pm On this day 100 years ago daily broadcasting by the @BBC began in Marconi's London studio, 2LO, in the Strand. Happ… https://t.co/hyT9YwykOH


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