Olivier Winner Elaine Paige Launches First-Ever U.S. Concert Tour Feb. 26
26 Feb 2013
Olivier winner Elaine Paige, who played Carlotta in the Tony-nominated Broadway revival of Follies, kicks off her first-ever concert tour of the United States 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."
Feb. 26 at the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, AZ Feb. 27 at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, CA March 1 at the Fairmont Hotel's Venetian Room in San Francisco, CA March 4-5 at the Crest Theatre in Delray Beach, FL March 7 at the Birchmere in Alexandria, VA 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.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.