The Mesa Arts Center welcomes Elaine Paige, an actress, recording artist, producer, broadcaster, and major veteran of Broadway on Tuesday, February 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Piper Repertory Theater. Best known for her award-winning performance as Eva Peron in Evita, she has starred in multiple West End productions including Cats, where she originated the role of Grizabella. Tickets are available through the Mesa Arts Center Box Office at MesaArtsCenter.com or by calling 480-644-6500.
After having a hit record with the song Memory from the original production of Cats, Elaine Paige went on to star in Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Grease, Billy, Chess, Anything Goes, Piaf, Sunset Boulevard, The King and I, and Sweeney Todd (New York City Opera). In Chess, she had yet another record-breaking number one hit with I Know Him So Well, which she performed with Barbara Dickson. Aside from her performances on the West End in New York, she has had concerts worldwide from The White House to The Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China to the Sydney Opera House in Australia. She has recorded 18 solo albums, four of which went multi-Platinum and nine were consecutive Gold. She has been honored with a multitude of awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Operatic and Dramatic Association, a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Musical, and a Variety Club Special Presentation for 40 Years on Stage. These are only the tip of the iceberg for Elaine Paige in terms of awards, nominations, and recognition for her work in theater.
Though a seasoned veteran, Elaine Paige has not been slowing down yet. In 2005, she completed a sold out tour through the U.K. and Scandinavia as well as a successful concert tour through New Zealand, Australia, and the Far East. In 2007, Elaine Paige returned to the West End stage to perform the title role in The Drowsy Chaperone, for which she received critical acclaim.
The Mesa Arts Center, owned and operated by the City of Mesa, is a unique, architecturally stunning facility located in the heart of downtown Mesa. Arizona's largest arts center is home to four theaters, five art galleries, and 14 art studios. Guests, patrons, and students come to Mesa Arts Center to enjoy the finest live entertainment and performances, world-class visual art exhibitions, and outstanding arts education classes. The Mesa Arts Center mission is to inspire people through engaging arts experiences that are diverse, accessible, and relevant. Mesa Arts Center has received numerous awards and accolades including the "2010 Arts Organization of the Year," by the Arts & Business Council of Greater Phoenix; the "2011 Best Venue to See National Acts" Best of Phoenix New Times; "2012 Best Arts Center" Critic's Choice azcentral.com, and most recently "2012 Venue of Excellence" by the International Association of Venue Managers. The 2012-2013 Performing Live Series is sponsored by Arizona Commission on the Arts. For more information, visit mesaartscenter.com.