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On the cover of Elaine Paige Tour Programme 2004
On the cover of Elaine Paige Tour Programme 2004

Elaine Paige OBE (born Elaine Bickerstaff on 5 March 1948 in Barnet, Hertfordshire) is a world-renowned English singer and actor, primarily in musicals. Cover of Elaine Paige album Elaine Paige Tour Programme 2004. ... Cover of Elaine Paige album Elaine Paige Tour Programme 2004. ... Commanders Badge of the Order of the British Empire The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is an order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions, in order of seniority: Knight or Dame Grand Cross... March 5 is the 64th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (65th in leap years). ... 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1948 calendar). ... High Barnet or Chipping Barnet is a place in the London Borough of Barnet. ... Hertfordshire (pronounced Hartfordshire and abbreviated as Herts) is an inland county in the United Kingdom and part of the East of England Government Office region. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: Multiple unofficial anthems Capital London Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister Tony Blair MP Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq... Ercole de Roberti: Concert, c. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Musical theater (or theatre) is a form of theatre combining music, songs, dance, and spoken dialogue. ...

Paige's first professional appearance was in the UK tour of the Anthony Newley/Leslie Bricusse musical The Roar of the Greasepaint—the Smell of the Crowd. She made her West End debut in Hair, and went on to featured roles in Jesus Christ Superstar, Nuts, Grease, and Billy (a musical adaptation of the film Billy Liar.) George Anthony Newley (b. ... Leslie Bricusse (born 29 January 1931) is a British lyricist. ... The Roar of the Greasepaint—the Smell of the Crowd was a follow up to Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newleys Stop the world - I want to get off. It floundered in Britain with the comedian Norman Wisdom as the lead, but was more successful on Broadway with Anthony Newley. ... The West End of London is part of the city centre of London in England. ... The original poster for the show. ... Eric Kunze as Jesus in the recent U.S. touring version of Jesus Christ Superstar Jesus Christ Superstar is a rock musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. ... Nuts is a film about a strong-willed, high-class call girl (Streisand) that kills a customer in self-defense. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Billy has several meanings. ... Billy Liar (1959) is a novel by Keith Waterhouse that was later adapted into a play, film, musical and TV series. ...

In 1978, Hal Prince offered the still relatively unknown Paige the title role in Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita after Julie Covington, who played the role on the album turned down the part. This proved to be the defining moment in her evolution to the self proclaimed title "First Lady of British Musical Theatre". For her performance, she won the Society of West End Theatre Award for Best Actress and the Variety Club Award for Showbusiness Personality of the Year. Despite playing the title role, Paige was given second billing on the posters for the production, behind David Essex who was Che Guevara. Joss Ackland took on the role of Juan Peron and Siobhan McCarthy played his mistress. Hal Prince (born January 30, 1928), full name Harold Smith Prince, is a American theatrical producer and director associated with many of the best-known Broadway musical productions of the past half-century. ... Sir Tim Rice Sir Timothy Miles Bindon Rice (born 10 November 1944) is an English lyricist for musical theatre, a radio presenter, television gameshow panelist and an author. ... Andrew Lloyd Webber (publicity portrait). ... The cover of the 1979 American Broadway Original Cast Recording of Evita starring Patti Lupone as Eva Peron, Mandy Patinkin as Che Guevara, and Bob Gunton as Juan Peron. ... Julie Covington (born September 11, 1947) is an English singer and actress best known for recording the original version of Dont Cry For Me Argentina. Covingtons break came in 1967 when, whilst still a student at Homerton College, Cambridge, she was invited to sing on David Frosts... The Society of London Theatre (previously The Society of West End Theatre) is an umbrella organization for West End theatre in London. ... Variety, the Childrens Charity was founded in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on October 10, 1927 when a group of 11 men involved in show business set up a social club which they named the Variety Club. On Christmas Eve 1928 a small baby was left on the steps of a movie... David Essex (born July 23, 1947) is a British actor and singer who has enjoyed a varied career. ... Ernesto Guevara de la Serna (June 14, 1928 – October 9, 1967), commonly known as Che Guevara or el Che, was an Argentine-born Marxist, politician, and leader of Cuban and internationalist guerrillas. ... Joss Ackland CBE (born February 29, 1928) is an English actor who has appeared in more than 130 films in his career. ... Juan Domingo Perón (October 8, 1895 – July 1, 1974) was an Argentine military officer and the President of Argentina from 1946 to 1955 and from 1973 to 1974. ...

Paige has portrayed of some of Lloyd Webber's most notable female characters, such as Grizabella in Cats (a role she reprised for a video release). She took on the role at a late stage in the production when the actress Judi Dench had to pull out due to a torn Achilles' Tendon. Her performance of the song Memoryfrom that show is her signature piece. Cats is a musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber (ALW) in 1978/1979 based on Old Possums Book of Practical Cats and other poems by T. S. Eliot. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... Dame Judith Olivia Dench, CH, DBE (born 9 December 1934), known as Dame Judi Dench, is an Academy Award-winning English actor who was born in North Yorkshire. ... Memory is the showstopper song from the musical Cats sung by the character Grizabella, a one-time glamour cat who is now a shell of her former self. ...

In 1994, Paige took over the role of Norma Desmond in Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard when Betty Buckley was ill, before stepping into the part full time the following year. She transferred to the American production to make her Broadway debut in a performance that Lloyd Webber described as "musically terrific" in 1996, staying with the show until it closed the following year. Norma Desmond is the main character in Billy Wilders film Sunset Boulevard. ... Sunset Boulevard is a musical play based on the movie of the same title. ... Betty Lynn Buckley (born July 3, 1947) is an American theater, film, and television actress. ... This article is about the street in New York City. ...

As Grizabella in Cats
As Grizabella in Cats

By no means has Paige limited her theatre credits to Lloyd Webber projects. This is a screenshot of a copyrighted website, video game graphic, computer program graphic, television broadcast, or film. ... This is a screenshot of a copyrighted website, video game graphic, computer program graphic, television broadcast, or film. ...

In 1986, she appeared as Florence in Chess, (lyrics by Tim Rice, music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, formerly of ABBA), a role she had originated for the 1984 RCA double-disc concept album. The show notable at the time for its set, which featured a large, tilting stage built from television screens. For this role Paige was nominated for Laurence Olivier Award in a category Outstandng Performance by an Actress in a Musical. Björn Ulvaeus, Tim Rice and Benny Andersson, the creators of Chess Chess is a musical with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, formerly of ABBA. The story involves a romantic triangle between two players in a world chess championship, and a woman... Benny Andersson in 2004 Benny Bror Göran Andersson (born in Stockholm on December 16, 1946) is a Swedish musician, composer and a member of the Swedish musical group, ABBA. Bennys musical background came from his father and grandfather; both enjoyed playing the accordion. ... Björn Ulvaeus Björn Kristian Ulvaeus (born April 25, 1945) is a Swedish musician and composer, most notable as a member of ABBA. Ulvaeus was born in Gothenburg, Sweden, but as a child he moved with his family to Västervik. ... ABBA (1972–1982) were a Swedish pop music group characterised by a generally uplifting but melancholic sound. ... RCAs logo as seen today on many products. ... The Laurence Olivier Awards, previously known as The Society of West End Theatre Awards, were renamed in honour of British actor Laurence Olivier, Baron Olivier in 1984, having first been established in 1976. ...

She followed this success with a hit revival of Cole Porter's Anything Goes 1989 which she co-produced with Tim Rice, based on the contemporary US production starring Patti LuPone. In 1993, she embarked on a troubled run as famed French chanteuse Édith Piaf in Pam Gems' musical play Piaf (1993). Her most recent stage musical performance was in another acclaimed revival, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's The King and I (2000), in which the King was played by Jason Scott Lee. Cole Albert Porter (June 9, 1891 – October 15, 1964) was an American composer and songwriter from Indiana. ... For the song by Guns N Roses, see Anything Goes (song) Anything Goes is a musical with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. ... Patti LuPone in her Tony Award winning role as Eva Peron in the Broadway musical Evita. ... Édith Piaf (December 19, 1915 – October 11, 1963)[1] was one of Frances most loved singers and a national icon. ... Pam Gems (born August 1, 1925) is an English playwright considered to be part of the Feminist Theatre group which also includes Caryl Churchill. ... An autographed photo of Richard Rodgers Richard Charles Rodgers (June 28, 1902 – December 30, 1979) was one of the great composers of musical theater, best known for his song writing partnerships with Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II. He wrote more than 900 published songs, and forty Broadway musicals. ... For work done with Richard Rodgers, see Rodgers and Hammerstein Oscar Hammerstein II (July 12, 1895 – August 23, 1960) was a New-York born writer, producer, and (usually uncredited) director of musicals for almost forty years. ... The King and I is a musical by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, with a script based on the book Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon. ... Jason Scott Lee playing Bruce Lee in Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story. Jason Scott Lee (李截, pinyin: Lǐ Jié, born November 19, 1966) is an American movie actor. ...

In 2004, she sang the role of Mrs. Lovett in the New York City Opera production of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd. The New York City Opera (NYCO) is New York Citys second opera company (after the Metropolitan Opera). ... Stephen Sondheim (Birthname: Stephen Joshua Sondeim b. ... Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street is a musical (also considered by many to be an English language opera due to the form and the construct of the show) with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler. ...

Paige also has had success in the UK singles charts. I Know Him So Well (from Chess), her duet with Barbara Dickson, held the #1 position in the British charts for four weeks, and still remains the biggest selling record by a female duo in the Guinness Book of Records. She also had a top ten hit with Memory from Cats. Additionally, she has had eight consecutive gold and four multi-platinum albums. I Know Him So Well is a song from the musical, Chess, by Tim Rice, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. ... Barbara Dickson is a Scottish actress and singer, known for her work on stage (Blood Brothers) and television (Band of Gold). ... Suresh Joachim, minutes away from breaking the ironing world record at 55 hours and 5 minutes, at Shoppers World, Brampton. ... Memory is the showstopper song from the musical Cats sung by the character Grizabella, a one-time glamour cat who is now a shell of her former self. ...

Paige has hosted her own BBC television specials as well as starred in several films for the network, and has also performed in a number of televised Royal Variety Shows. Arts commentator Melvyn Bragg hosted a special edition of The South Bank Show about Paige's career in 1996, entitled The Faces of Elaine Paige. She made special recordings of some of her most famous songs exclusively for the programme. It is frequently shown on PBS in the USA. The British Broadcasting Corporation, invariably known as the BBC (and also informally known as the Beeb or Auntie) is the largest public broadcasting corporation in the world. ... Melvyn Bragg, Baron Bragg, FRSL, FRTS (born 6 October 1939, in Wigton, Cumberland) is a British author and broadcaster. ... The South Bank Show is a British television arts magazine show, presented by Melvyn Bragg and seen in over 60 countries — including Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Sweden and the USA. Its stated aim is to bring both high art and popular culture to a mass audience. ... PBS re-directs here; for alternate uses see PBS (disambiguation) PBS logo The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is a non-profit public broadcasting television service with 349 member TV stations in the United States. ...

In 1995, Paige was awarded the Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty the Queen for her contributions to musical theatre. Commanders Badge of the Order of the British Empire The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority, these are...

More recently, Paige has focused on television appearances, playing Dora Bunner in the 2004 ITV adaptation of Agatha Christie's A Murder is Announced, before performing a guest role as a post mistress in Where the Heart Is. ITV (Independent Television) is the name given to the original network of British commercial television broadcasters, set up under the Independent Television Authority (ITA) to provide competition to the BBC. In England, Wales and southern Scotland, the channel has been rebranded to ITV1 by ITV plc, the owners of the... Agatha Mary Clarissa, Lady Mallowan, DBE (15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976), better known as Dame Agatha Christie, was an English crime fiction writer. ...

In September 2004, Paige began a weekly radio show, Elaine Paige on Sunday, on BBC Radio 2, featuring music from musical theatre and film scores. Occasional interviews are also featured, having included theatre impressario Cameron Mackintosh, actress Angela Lansbury, The Pet Shop Boys and Elton John. BBC Radio 2 is one of the BBCs national radio stations and is the most popular station in the UK. It broadcasts throughout the UK on FM radio between 88 and 91 MHz from its studios in Western House, adjacent to Broadcasting House in central London. ... Sir Cameron Mackintosh (born 17 October 1946 in Enfield) is a successful British theatrical producer. ... Angela Lansbury, Dublin Ireland, 2006. ... Pet Shop Boys (often used without the definite article the) are a highly influential UK electronic music act. ... Sir Elton Hercules[1] John, CBE[2] (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is an English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist. ...

Paige is a patron of a number of charities. She supports the Breast Cancer Campaign and The Lupus Trust having been treated for breast cancer in the mid-1990s and diagnosed as a Lupus sufferer in 1989. She also supports Everychild, for whom she made a publicised trip to Peru in 2004.

Paige's first solo album to be recorded for twelve years, "Essential Musicals" is released on Monday 23rd October 2006, based on popular songs from musicals identified by a poll on her radio show.

Paige lived with the lyricist Tim Rice throughout the 1980s but has never married, nor had children.

Solo recordings

  • Sitting Pretty (1978)
  • Elaine Paige (1981)
  • Stages (1983)
  • Cinema (1984)
  • Love Hurts (1985)
  • Christmas (1986)
  • The Queen Album (1988)
  • Love Can Do That (1991)
  • Romance and the Stage (1993)
  • Piaf (1994)
  • Performance (1996)
  • Essential Musicals (2006)

Solo recordings (compilations)

  • Memories: The Best Of Elaine Paige (1987)
  • The Collection (1988)
  • Together: The Best of Elaine Paige and Barbara Dickson (1992)
  • Encore (1995)
  • From A Distance (1997)
  • On Reflection: The Very Best Of Elaine Paige (1998)
  • Elaine Paige: A Collection (2003)
  • Love Songs (2004)
  • Centre Stage: The Very Best Of Elaine Paige (2004)

External links

  • Official Website
  • Fan Website
  • Singing Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy at YouTube
  • Singing Evita at YouTube

  Results from FactBites:
Elaine Paige at AllExperts (627 words)
Elaine Paige (born Elaine Bickerstaff on March 5, 1948 in Barnet, Hertfordshire) is a world-renowned British singer and actor, primarily in musicals.
Paige's first professional appearance was in the UK tour of the Anthony Newley/Leslie Bricusse musical The Roar of the Greasepaint, the Smell of the Crowd.
Paige has hosted her own BBC television specials as well as starred in several films for the network, and has also performed in a number of televised Royal Variety Shows.
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