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Elaine Paige

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Elaine Paige née Bickerstaff OBE (born on 5 March 1948 in Barnet, Hertfordshire) is a well-known English singer and actress, 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. 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.)

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”.

Paige has portrayed some of Lloyd Webber’s most notable female characters, originating the role of Grizabella in Cats (a role she reprised for a video release). She took on the role late in rehearsal when the actress Judi Dench had to pull out due to a torn Achilles tendon. Her performance of the song Memory from that show is her signature piece.

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.

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  • ChildofTARDIS

    One of the greatest voices of all time. LOVE her!

    29 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Karenbetts

    angel voice!

    9 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Onlygleb

    New album "Elaine Page And Friends" - one of my favorite albums in this year!

    10 Nov 2010 Reply
  • davidgeorgea

    Thank you Jette I love Elaine Page. I have her on CD . And she has performed in a lot of shows in the Uk .

    10 Nov 2010 Reply
  • roflhyro

    i used to work with her on the king and i ages ago and she was so nice and a great singer

    7 Jul 2009 Reply
  • Alleinvielleich

    great singer!

    10 Jun 2009 Reply
  • bicknor

    Memory - a brilliant piece of music, and a brilliant singer.

    1 Apr 2009 Reply
  • jcccn

    Voice from nature!

    13 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Hawkeye1976

    Brilliant voice!

    30 Oct 2008 Reply
  • Laineljus

    Love! love! love!

    13 Jul 2008 Reply
  • Alise-night

    Great voice and great songs!

    19 Jun 2008 Reply
  • Lisa-Lotta

    I love Elaine Paige too, amazing voice, on of the best voices of all the times. I hope she will sing a lot of new songs.

    20 Oct 2007 Reply
  • georgehank

    Wow... seriously, I didn't the had such a big career... I bought the one album I have in a used-CD shop. And all because I know her from Chess. And loved her voice there and on that solo CD. :)

    11 Oct 2007 Reply
  • aries1969

    love love love Elaine Paige. Such beautiful voice and heart is put in each song she sings. I loved Paige as Grizabella in Cats. Aries

    30 Jul 2007 Reply
  • LarkCGN

    No shout??? OMG! Wonderful voice!

    17 Jul 2007 Reply