Elaine Paige's PAGE BY PAGE BY PAIGE Concert Set for BBC Radio Broadcast Today

Musical theatre legend and BBC Radio 2 presenter Elaine Paige celebrates her 50 years in show business with a special concert at the Royal Albert Hall, with the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Chris Egan, special guest Gardar Thor Cortes, and the Mountview Academy Theatre of Arts. The concert will be broadcast tonight, 5 December (8.00-10.00pm) on BBC RADIO 2.

The concert features music from throughout Elaine's career, including Memory from 'Cats'; As If We Never Said Goodbye from 'Sunset Boulevard'; Je Ne Regrette Rien from 'Piaf', I Know Him So Well from 'Chess' and Good Morning Starshine from 'Hair'.

Elaine has made a major contribution to the modern musical, starring in numerous productions in the West End and on Broadway. She swept to fame with her award-winning performance as Eva Perón in Evita, before creating the roles of Grizabella in the original production of Cats, the classic song Memory becoming her signature, and Florence in Chess, featuring the record-breaking Number 1 hit, I Know Him So Well with Barbara Dickson.

This show, recorded as part of Elaine's farewell tour, will encompass the Olivier winner's monumental career, including songs from the world of musical theatre and her hugely successful recording catalogue.

Elaine said: "I've thought long and hard about this decision, but feel this landmark event, my 50th anniversary, is a good time to bid adieu. I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone - it'll be As If We Never Said Goodbye!"

Elaine Paige, actress, recording artist, concert performer, producer and broadcaster, Olivier Award-winner and five-time nominee, created the role of Eva Peron in Evita and thereafter created the roles of Grizabella in Cats (the song "Memory" becoming her signature) and Florence in Chess. Further productions include Sunset Blvd (London/New York); Anything Goes; Piaf; The King & I and Sweeney Todd (Drama Desk nomination). Elaine has recorded over 25 albums, received an OBE for services to Musical Theater and presents a weekly BBC Radio 2 program Elaine Paige On Sunday.

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