Follies Star Elaine Paige Pens "New Lyrics" for "I'm Still Here"

News   Follies Star Elaine Paige Pens "New Lyrics" for "I'm Still Here"
For a current interview in the New York Times, Olivier Award winner Elaine Paige, who is currently playing Carlotta Campion in the Kennedy Center's critically acclaimed production of James Goldman and Stephen Sondheim's Tony Award-winning Follies at the Marquis Theatre, was asked to rewrite a stanza of the Sondheim anthem she sings in the musical, "I'm Still Here," to describe her own life.

Elaine Paige
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Paige provided these lyrics:

Sunset and Sweeney,
Chess, Piaf, Anything Goes

And I’m here!
Cat costume sometimes.
Naked in Hair... goodness knows!
But I’m here!
Follies on Broadway
So sublime
Due to the talent of
Steve Sondheim
Queues 'round the block
So get in line, while we’re here
Lord knows it’s great to be back
And I’m here!
Look who’s here!
I’m still here!

To read a recent interview with Paige, click here.

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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