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Elaine Paige
ELAINE PAIGE currently appears as Carlotta Campion in Sondheim's Follies. Ms. Paige made her Broadway debut as Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard, following her critically acclaimed performance as Norma in London for which she won the Variety Club of Great Bntain Award for Best Actress of the Year and an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical. In 1978, Ms. Paige created the role of Eva Peron in the original production of Evita and was awarded the Society of West End Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Musical and the Variety Club Award for Showbusiness Personality of the Year. In 1981 she starred in Cats playing Grizabella in the original production becoming the first actress to perform the classic song "Memory" - one of her many hit records. Her professional debut was in the Anthony Newley/Leslie Bricusse musical The Roar of the Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd, Ms. Paige's West End debut was in Hair followed by Rock Carmen, Jesus Christ Superstar, Nuts, Sandy in Grease and Rita opposite Michael Crawford in Billy. In 1983 she starred as Carabosse in Abbacadabra written by ABBA's Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson and she sang their work on stage for a second time in the premiere of Chess when they collaborated with Sir Tim Rice (1986), for which she was nominated for the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Her single from the show "I Know Him So Well," a duet with Barbara Dickson, held the number one position in the British charts for four weeks, and is listed as the biggest selling record by a female duo in the Guiness Book of Records. In the same year she was awarded the Variety Club Award for Recording Artist of the Year. Ms. Paige has recorded 14 solo albums, her latest being Encore for Atlantic Records and she has garnered eight consecutive gold and four multi-platinum albums. She has performed in concert in Europe, the Middle East and in four major UK tours, Chess in Concert European tour, and in Tim Rice and Friends in Australia, New Zealand and the Far East. Ms. Paige has hosted her own BBC TV specials and starred in several BBC-TV films: "A View of Harry Clark," "Unexplained Laughter" (Play on One, BBC-1) and "Showstoppers-In Concer at the White House" with Marvin Hamlisch for President and Mrs. Reagan (P.B.S.). Other TV film credits include "Phyllis Dixey" (Thames) and "Ladykillers" (Granada). In 1989 she starred in and co-produced Anything Goes on London's West End directed by Jerry Zaks for which she was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical. In 1993 her critically acclaimed performance as Edith Piaf in the musical play, Piaf, led to an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical and an album of Piaf songs. The prestigious arts series "The South Bank Show" recently explored Ms. Paige's career in a 90-minute special, shown in America on "Bravo" to great acclaim, it will air in the forthcoming months. In 1994 the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors awarded Ms. Paige with their Gold Badge of Merit and in 1995 she was awarded the Order of the British Empire by her Majesty the Queen for her Services to musical theatre.

Bio as of December, 2011.



American Theatre Wing programs, interviews and/or credits include:

Downstage Center (audio)
Elaine Paige and Ron Raines - January, 2012 - Listen Now.
Elaine Paige - September, 2010 - Listen Now.

Internet Broadway Database Listing (IBDB.com)

Website:
www.elainepaige.com