Stripped Back, Elaine Paige Review


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Elaine Paige Stripped Back Tour

Elaine Paige stepped onstage at the Bridgewater Hall to a rapturous applause last night as she treated Manchester fans to her latest tour Stripped Back. Looking a vision in lilac, Britain’s Queen of musical theatre belted out the tracks of her youth from some of her favourite songwriters including Nilsson and Webb. It was a night full of memories for Paige as she regaled the audience with amusing anecdotes of going on a date with Paul Simon and almost passing out with excitement as she met her idol Paul McCartney.

Featuring hits from the 60s, 70s and 80s such as Carole King’s One Fine Day, Donna Summer’s MacArthur Park and the Beatles’ Yesterday the concert was a step away from what we are used to hearing from the diva and for the first 30 minutes there was hardly a show tune in sight.

Defying her 68 years Paige shimmied through song after song, hitting some huge notes along the way. Despite everything though it all felt a bit flat, what the crowd really wanted to hear was some of her famous hits and it looked like they might be going home disappointed.

Luckily they got their wish as Elaine began to talk about the time she sung the duet I Know Him So Well with Barbara Dickson. There was an excited buzz of anticipation as the band began to play the intro and the audience came alive, mesmerised by her performance. This is where Elaine is truly at home, every note fitting her voice like a glove.

By the end of the show you feel like you have spent over an hour and a half with a friend and it seemed that Paige felt the same. The classy star was humbled at the standing ovation she received and looked like she truly enjoyed her time on the stage.

A few people left before the encore. Big mistake. With her biggest hit Memory from Cats and With One Look from Sunset Boulevard as part of the set list, it’s a moment you don’t want to miss.

Elaine continues her 23 date tour next weekend as she plays Southend Cliffs Pavilion.

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Elaine Paige Tour comes to Manchester


Singer Elaine Paige comes to Manchester this weekend as part of her 23 date series of concerts from October to December 2016, entitled‘Stripped Back’, which will see her perform her most popular hits as well songs from her favourite songwriters.

The musical theatre legend will be at the Bridgewater Hall on Saturday 8 October and Opening Night are off to see her in action.

Elaine says: “I’m so excited about this series of ‘weekend’ concerts, this is going to allow me to do something completely different.  A brand new show celebrating songwriters I love such as Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice, Harry Nilsson, Jim Webb, Burt Bacharach, Sting, Lennon & McCartney … the list goes on.  Their music has been the soundtrack to all our lives, not just mine.  And it’s the ideal opportunity to perform in an intimate way … I’m doing these new shows ‘Stripped Back!”

Elaine has performed live in concert all over the world and as a recording artist has worked with legendary producers such as Tony Visconti, Dennis Lambert, Peter Matz, & Phil Ramone amongst others.She has starred in more smash hit West End & Broadway musicals than anyone else of her generation.

We are big fans here at Opening Night of Elaine’s successful weekly BBC Radio 2 show Elaine Paige on Sunday, which is a blissful two hours of songs from stage and screen. If you are heading down to the concert at the Bridgewater Hall on Saturday  then give us a tweet on @OpeningNight_ or if you’ve already seen Elaine in one of her tour dates let us know what you thought.


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Tour Dates:

October 2016

Saturday 8th             Manchester Bridgewater Hall

Thursday 13th          Southend Cliffs Pavilion

Friday 14th                Basingstoke Anvil

Friday 21st                Grantham Meres Centre

Saturday 22nd           Scunthorpe Baths Hall

Saturday 29th           Leicester The Curve Theatre

Sunday 30th               Kings Lynn Corn Exchange


November 2016

Saturday 5th             Birmingham Symphony Hall

Sunday 6th                 Buxton Opera House

Friday 11th                Swansea Brangwyn Hall

Saturday 12th           Malvern Concert Hall

Saturday 19th           Lowther Pavilion, Lytham St Annes

Sunday 20th               Scarborough Spa

Tuesday 29th             Cheltenham Town Hall

Wednesday 30th       Northampton Derngate


December 2016

 Monday 5th               Bury St Edmonds The Apex

Tuesday 6th               Bury St Edmonds The Apex

Sunday 11th               Leeds Grand Theatre

Tuesday 13th             Wrexham William Aston Hall

Sunday 18th               London Theatre Royal Drury Lane