The Elaine Paige Show announced for Sky Arts: featuring Scarlett Strallen, Christine Andreas, Michael Feinstein, John Owen Jones, Hannah Waddingham, Michael Feinstein and Christine Andreas. Paige will also interview Trevor Nunn and lyricist Herbert Kretzmer.
Elaine Paige, ‘The First Lady of Musical Theatre’, will host a new six-part series on Sky Arts beginning May 2014, it has been confirmed this morning.
The Elaine Paige Show will be a unique inspirational glimpse into the absorbing world of musical theatre and combine a mixture of songs, performance, and interviews, as Elaine is joined by a variety of guests from stage and screen.
Award winning Elaine Paige, actress, singer, producer, radio presenter, has made a unique and leading contribution to the development and production of the stage musical. She has starred in more smash hit West End & Broadway musicals than anyone else of her generation; including Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Billy, Evita, Cats, Chess, Anything Goes, Piaf, Sunset Boulevard, The King & I, Sweeney Todd, The Drowsy Chaperone and most recently Follies. Elaine Paige has defined them, and set standards for others to aspire to. In 1995 Elaine Paige was awarded an OBE for services to Musical Theatre by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. 2014 sees Elaine Paige celebrate 50 years on stage.
In each episode on Sky Arts, she will be joined by stars from both the West End and Broadway who will perform and present their incredible talent in front of a studio audience. Guests will include Scarlett Strallen, Christine Andreas, Michael Feinstein, John Owen Jones, Hannah Waddingham, Clive Rowe and Leigh Zimmerman. Elaine will also interview significant industry aficionados including Herbert Kretzmer and Trevor Nunn. She will delve into their epic careers in order to understand their success and reveal the secrets to their most celebrated work.
The Elaine Paige Show will open and close with a bespoke performance by Elaine. With a number of new arrangements produced especially for this series, each show will have a new and an exciting character which Sky Arts viewers and fans will love. The show will also be peppered with behind-the-scenes wisdom and wit from Elaine as she shares her infinitive knowledge and love of musicals. For each episode, Elaine will mentor a rising star from a musical theatre college in the UK. The students will have the opportunity to learn from Elaine and perform songs from a much-loved musical in front of her, her guests and studio audience.
Elaine Paige commented: “I’m delighted to be working with Sky Arts and Fresh One in this, my 50th year on stage, to bring my passion for musical theatre to television. I look forward to welcoming some of my friends and colleagues to the show and singing not only some new songs, but some of my all-time classics.”
“We’re absolutely delighted to be able to bring this legend of musical theatre and her esteemed talent and expertise to Sky Arts,” comments James Hunt, Channel Director of Sky Arts. “Elaine has such an incredible wealth of experiences in show business and an affinity with guests and performers which is second to none. The Elaine Paige Show is going to be a true show-stopper for every Sky Arts viewer and musical fan.”
Monday 10th February 2014