PBS to Air "Elaine Paige: Celebrating a Life on Stage" in June

News   PBS to Air "Elaine Paige: Celebrating a Life on Stage" in June
 
Elaine Paige, the British musical theatre actress who made her Broadway debut in Sunset Boulevard, will be featured in a televised concert on PBS that celebrates her stellar stage career.
Elaine Paige
Elaine Paige

"Elaine Paige: Celebrating a Life on Stage" will be seen on WNET/Thirteen June 9 at 8 PM ET; check local listings.

The program takes the audience on a journey from Paige's beginnings in the musical Hair to performances in Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, Chess, Cats, Sunset Boulevard.

The evening was filmed in 2009 at the State Theatre in Sydney, Australia, during her 40th anniversary tour.

Song listing for the concert, which is also available on DVD, follows:

ACT 1
1. Overture
2. Life Goes On
3. Tomorrow
Introductory Chat
4. Easy to be Hard
5. Broadway Baby, with interpolations of chat
6. I Don't Know How To Love Him
Being Short Chat
7. Small Packages
Brief Chat
8. Hello Young Lovers
Dustin Hoffman Chat
9. Shoot the Breeze
Auditions Chat
10. Yesterday
11. Evita Instrumental
12. Don't Cry For Me, Argentina ACT II
13. Sunset Boulevard Entr'Acte
14. As If We Never Said Goodbye
Sweeney Todd Chat
15. By the Sea
Queen Mother Chat
16. I Get a Kick out of You
17. I Dreamed a Dream
18. Chess Instrumental
19. Someone Else's Story
20. I Know Him So Well
21. Poor Old John
Piaf Dialogue
22. Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien
23. If You Love Me
Thank Band & Chris Egan
24. Cry Me a River
24a. Play Off
Calls. Encores:
25. Memory
25a. Play Off
Calls & Flowers
26. With One Look
26a. Play Off

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.

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