Singing legend Elaine Paige on fame. . . and Evita!

Elaine Paige.
Elaine Paige.

OVER four incredible decades, a star singer coming to Harrogate’s Royal Hall shortly has truly earned her own chapter in entertainment history, with numerous starring roles in the West End and on Broadway.

Add 20 hit solo albums, a legendary role as Evita and it’s no wonder Elaine Paige has a special place in the nation’s heart.

On Wednesday, April 4 as part of Harrogate Theatre’s new spring season, Elaine Paige, will be celebrating her love of jazz in her own inimitable style in a truly unique evening featuring a range of classic jazz songs and contemporary numbers.

Kevin Jamieson, executive producer at Harrogate Theatres said: “We are extremely honoured to host one of the world’s finest performers in this stunning concert venue, fresh from performances on Broadway. I am sure it will be an unforgettable evening for those lucky enough to attend.”

Ahead of her world-exclusive one-off concert at Harrogate’s stunning Royal Hall, the first lady of musical theatre revealed what we might expect from her much-anticipated performance:

“Everyone’s musical influences come from what they heard when growing up. Mine was jazz. My father loved Count Basie, Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa and my mother was a huge Ella Fitzgerald fan and loved Perry Como and Matt Monro. So I’ve put some of their favourites into the show and some of my own like Blue Skies, St Louis Blues, Comes Love and a whole lot more.”

It was the starring role in the original stage version of Evita which really sealed her place in the nation’s affections.

Paige said: “One moment I was an actress playing parts and getting on with my life the next I was launched at 90 miles an hour into the spotlight.

“I did have to cope with the glare of the media, which for someone no matter how much experience you’ve had is a difficult thing to handle. Fortunately it wasn’t what it is today there were no mobile phone cameras, youtube, internet – now you’re dealing with worldwide fame in an instant! ”

l Tickets cost £40 and can be booked securely online at www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk or at the box office on 01423 502116.