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Elaine Paige joins Twiggy today for a cup of Tea!
Elaine Paige OBE (born 5 March 1948) is a singer and actress, best known for her work in musical theatre. Elaine attended the Aida
Foster Theatre School, making her first professional appearance on stage in 1964, at the age of 16. Her appearance in the 1968
production of Hair marked her West End debut.
Elaine was selected to play Eva Perón in the first production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita in 1978, which brought her to the attention of the broader public. For this role, she won the Laurence Olivier Award for Performance of the Year in a musical. She originated the role of Grizabella in Cats and had a Top 10 hit with Memory, a song from the show.
In 1985, Elaine released I Know Him So Well with BarbaraDickson from the musical Chess, which remains the biggest-selling record by a female duo. She then appeared in the original stage production of Chess, followed by a starring role in Anything Goes which she also co-produced. Paige made her Broadway debutin Sunset Boulevard in 1996, playing the lead role of Norma Desmond. She appeared in The King and I from 2000 to 2001, and six years later she returned to the West End stage in The Drowsy Chaperone.
In addition to being nominated for five Laurence Olivier Awards, Elaine has won many other awards for her theatre roles, and is often referred to as “the First Lady of British Musical Theatre.” She has released 22 solo albums, of which eight were consecutively certified gold and another four multi-platinum. Since 2004 she has hosted her own show on BBC Radio 2 called Elaine Paige on
In 2014, Elaine celebrated her 50 years in show business with a Farewell tour, including a show at the Royal Albert Hall. Elaine is active in charity work – she is the Vice President of the Children’s Trust, a charity for children with brain injuries. Earlier this year she purchased a number of trees for the Woodland Trust’s Heartwood Forest project. Elaine is still hosting her popular radio show during lockdown.
The music for the podcast is Twiggy's version of "Waterloo Sunset" by the Kinks and can be found on Apple Music at this link https://music.apple.com/gb/album/romantically-yours/693460953
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