Michael Childers Presents: An Evening with Elaine Paige will kick off the Annenberg Theater's 2008-2009 season in Palm Springs, CA. Paige, backed by a full orchestra, will perform on the stage of the Annenberg Theater at the Palm Springs Art Museum. Show time is 6 PM.
A cocktail reception honoring Paige will follow in the museum's lobby.
Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Annenberg Theater Council, a membership council of the Palm Springs Art Museum that is "dedicated to supporting and promoting the performing arts programs and performance schedule at the Annenberg Theater."
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. Her new memoir is titled "Memories." For more information visit www.elainepaige.com.
Tickets for the benefit, priced $95 (show only) to $375, are available by calling (760) 322-3246. The Annenberg Theater is located at 101 N. Museum Drive in Palm Springs, CA. For more information visit www.psmuseum.org.