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Paige eventually competed against Bonnie Schoen, an American initially favoured by Prince for the role. But I saw this as my big chance and, like Eva when she clapped eyes on Peron, I grabbed with both hands.
She later said, "Bonnie was already a big name on Broadway. I wanted the role more than anything else in the whole world." Patti Lu Pone was appearing in Anything Goes on Broadway around that time, so Paige sought to become the co-producer of the West End production as a way to secure the role there before Lu Pone could take it.
Paige made her Broadway debut in Sunset Boulevard in 1996, playing the lead role of Norma Desmond, to critical acclaim.
She appeared in The King and I from 2000 to 2001, and six years later she returned to the West End stage in The Drowsy Chaperone. In addition to being nominated for five Laurence Olivier Awards, Paige has won many other awards for her theatre roles and has been called the First Lady of British Musical Theatre due to her skill and longevity.
For this role, she won the Laurence Olivier Award for Performance of the Year in a musical.
She went on to originate the role of Grizabella in Cats and had a Top 10 hit with "Memory", a song from the show.
I've come home at last", Paige had sought to change the way the melody was sung, despite being fully aware of Lloyd-Webber's fastidious tendencies.
Although she had been disappointed when she hoped to perform on Broadway in Evita, Cats and Chess, Paige stated of her debut there, "It was just the most perfect time to go with that particular show".
and received largely positive reviews for her New York performance as Norma Desmond: "The lush sound and the sheer power of her voice are, to put it simply, incredible", wrote one critic, whilst another said "Her voice has great range, remarkable clarity and emotional force".