On her weekly BBC Radio 2 program Paige — who created leading roles in Evita, Cats and Chess on the West End stage — told her audience, "It seems [Susan Boyle's] performance has really captured the hearts of everyone who saw it, me included. . . . Ever since Susan's appearance on 'Britain's Got Talent' my inbox has been flooded with e-mails. Perhaps we should record a duet?" Paige also added, "I will continue to watch and I wish you every success."
Boyle, an unmarried 47-year-old woman from Scotland, became an overnight sensation following her emotional performance of Les Misérables' "I Dreamed a Dream" on the U.K. weekly ITV Channel TV show "Britain's Got Talent." That performance has now been viewed by millions around the world via YouTube. 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.