By Andrew Gans
09 Mar 2013
The evening is part of Paige's first-ever concert tour of the United States, which launched Feb. 26 at the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, AZ.
About the tour, the acclaimed singing actress recently told Playbill.com, "I've wanted to do this for so many years, and I don't know, somehow never kind of quite got around to it.… Basically I'm going to be telling my story—my theatrical story—from the beginning, and, as I say, tell stories and anecdotes in between the hits from all the musicals that I've been lucky enough to appear in like Evita and Chess and Cats."
Concertgoers can expect to hear such tunes as "Memory," "With One Look," "As If We Never Said Goodbye," "Don't Cry for Me Argentina," "I Know Him So Well," "If You Love Me" and more.
Paige's remaining U.S. concert dates follow.
March 9 at The Town Hall in New York, NY
March 10 at Kean University in Union, NJ
March 12 at the Cabaret at Theater Square in Pittsburgh, PA
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 on the London stage in the title role of The Drowsy Chaperone and on the Broadway stage as Carlotta in Follies (Drama Desk nomination). The Olivier winner currently hosts a weekly radio program for the BBC.
The Town Hall is located in Manhattan at 123 W. 43rd St. For tickets visit Ticketmaster.com.