Elaine Paige is a very well know English singer who has appeared in many of London’s West End musicals and theatres, her career has spanned over 45 years and she has been in musicals such as Cats and Evita. But it was her starring role in Sunset Boulevard that made her famous on Broadway and made the name Elaine Paige a household name in America.
Follies is a musical that was created by Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman back in 1971. When the musical opened in Washington at the Kennedy Centre, the problem was that critics saw it as a musical that was ailing, but that was until it opened in New York with Elaine Paige as Carlotta Campion who is an actress in the musical. There is a song in the musical which is the anthem and it is called I’m still here and the way in which Ms Paige sings it has given this song a new lease of life.
It was during an interview that Ms Paige admitted that she could relate to the actress Carlotta Campion whose role she plays in the musical, just like her life she has had many ups and downs too and this enabled her to play the role extremely well. Ms Paige got the chance to speak with Stephen Sondheim while they were in New York and it was the conversation that they had that gave her the biggest insight into the role that she had to play, what Mr Sondheim told her was that the musical had actually been written about Joan Crawford, who had also had a turbulent career.
Ms Paige was finally back in London and appeared in the London Festival of Cabaret this year, she appeared with many other famous people some of them you may not have even imagined could sing. Something else that Ms Paige will be doing in 2013 is appearing at Warner Leisure Hotels where she will be performing the many songs that are from the different musicals she appeared in. Ms Paige will also begin her tour of the US in 2013 starting in Los Angeles and making her way around the whole of the country, then once she has finished her tour there, she will be travelling to Australia in October and doing another tour over there.