The celebrated singing actress, who created lead roles in the London productions of Evita, Cats and Chess, is recording a new Warner Bros. album with international recording stars to be produced by Phil Ramone.
About the new CD, Paige previously told Playbill.com, "I'm just about to go into the studio with Phil Ramone to do a new album. I'm very excited about it. It's kind of an 'Elaine Paige and Friends'-type album, and it's more modern [songs]. We're doing some covers, but there are a couple of new pieces, as well, and I'm hoping to do a couple of duets with a few pals."
While in the Big Apple, Paige will also tape her weekly BBC 2 Radio program, "Elaine Paige on Sunday," which will originate from a studio in Manhattan. She is also seeking potential producers who might be interested in presenting a Broadway production and/or North American tour of Elaine Paige Live – Celebrating A Life on Stage, a stage performance/concert focusing on highlights of her more than 40 year show-business career. One of the Australian performances of that concert, which she has performed around the world, was videotaped and was broadcast in June on PBS in the U.S.
Elaine Paige was brought to the public's attention when she created the role of Eva Peron in the original London production of Evita. She then created the role of Grizabella in the original production of Cats and followed with a recording hit: "I Know Him So Well," with Barbara Dickson, from the concept album of Chess. Paige later starred in the West End mounting of Chess as well as London productions of Anything Goes, The King and I, Piaf and Sunset Boulevard. She repeated her work as Norma Desmond for New York audiences, and in 2004 she performed the role of Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd at the New York City Opera (and snagged a Drama Desk Award nomination for her work). She has recorded 16 solo albums and six cast albums. In 1995 Paige received the Order of the British Empire for services to Musical Theatre. Paige most recently starred in the title role of the London production of The Drowsy Chaperone and currently hosts a weekly radio program for the BBC.