Musical theatre star Elaine Paige has recalled her terror after a mystery stalker threatened to kill her. The British actress rose to fame when she was cast in hit musical Evita in 1978 but the dream role also brought unwanted attention from one obsessive fan, who bombarded her with letters in 1980.
Paige eventually called in police to protect her while she was performing in the stage show.
She tells Britain's Daily Mirror, "It was towards the end of my run in Evita. This guy started writing letters saying he wanted to meet... Of course I didn't reply.
"From then they started to get a bit darker. It was really unpleasant and in the end he threatened my life and the police had to be called in. I had to be escorted to and from the theatre and the police would check the doors and the people coming in.
"It was very frightening. I'd go out on stage every night and think, 'This could be it, he could be sitting out there and just go 'Bang!' you know... But I just thought: 'The show must go on' and I had to have faith the police would protect me."
Singer Elaine Paige has announced her upcoming winter tour will be her last. The 65-year-old Brit will step out of the spotlight following one final set of dates that will begin in October (14).
In a statement released at the weekend (15-16Feb14), the Memory singer admits she is "tired" of life on the road, adding, "My tours go on for years at a time and it's exhausting. I'll have a holiday and then I'm going to reinvent myself."
The Evita star adds, "I am currently preparing for my last tour, a farewell tour which begins on October 9. It's my 50th year in the music business and I'm saying goodbye. I've thought long and hard about this decision but I feel my 50th anniversary is a good time to bid adieu."
The tour will end a live career that began onstage in 1964, when she was just 16.
British musical theatre veteran Elaine Paige is planning one last farewell tour before retiring as a singer. The star, who won a Laurence Olivier Award in 1978 for her role in the original production of Evita, has spent nearly five decades in show business since making her professional debut aged 16.
But Paige, who is also currently working on projects for TV and radio, admits she now finds the lengthy tours she used to embark on in her youth too gruelling to bear at the age of 65, and feels her 50th anniversary is an appropriate time to bow out of her singing career.
She tells Britain's Daily Express newspaper, "I am currently preparing for my last tour, a farewell tour which begins on October 9. It's my 50th year in the music business and I'm saying goodbye. It is just so tiring, especially after 50 years.
"My tours go on for years at a time and it's exhausting. I'll have a holiday and then I'm going to reinvent myself. I've thought long and hard about this decision but I feel my 50th anniversary is a good time to bid adieu."
Elaine Paige, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, and David Suchet are among the stars who have told of their shock and concern following a roof collapse at London's Apollo Theatre on Thursday night (19Dec13). Almost 80 audience members were injured, seven seriously, when a large part of the ceiling of the Grade II listed building fell in during a performance of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time.
The cause of the collapse remains unknown and experts are investigating the incident.
Prayers and well-wishes for those involved in the disaster have begun to pour in from veteran stage stars, including some who were onstage at the Apollo when the horror happened.
British actor Suchet writes on his Twitter.com page, "What a tragedy. My thoughts are with all those who are hurt and injured at the Apollo Theatre. I have played this beautiful theatre... I hope all the staff back stage and front of house are safe. My thoughts are (with) you too."
As the drama unfolded on Thursday night, Lloyd Webber tweeted, "Terrible breaking news about the Apollo Theatre. My thoughts are with everyone tonight."
The show's director Sir Richard Eyre tells the BBC, "It's a terrible thing to happen in a theatre," and one of the production's stars, Matt Tait, took to his Twitter.com account to add, "Cast, crew and stage management all safe. Thoughts are with all the audience. Horrific and unbelievable."
Actress Paige, who was starring in a musical at the nearby Aldwych Theatre at the time of the incident, says, "It was a tragic and shocking thing to hear. Clearly there's been a tragedy over there."
Star Trek legend William Shatner writes, "Prayers and thoughts going out to the victims of the Apollo Theatre roof cave in in London," and singer LeAnn Rimes adds, "My heart goes out to everyone in London who were (sic) injured at the Apollo tonight."
Mark Haddon, the author of the book upon which the play is based, wrote in a series of posts, "It's been horrifying sitting here watching what has been happening at the apollo (sic) this evening. I'm hugely relieved that no-one has died...... & i (sic) hope that those who were seriously injured are OK. I'm sorry, too, that so many people went through such a terrifying experience."
David Mitchell's novel Cloud Atlas consists of six stories set in various periods between 1850 and a time far into Earth's post-apocalyptic future. Each segment lives on its own the previous first person account picked up and read by a character in its successor creating connective tissue between each moment in time. The various stories remain intact for Tom Tykwer's (Run Lola Run) Lana Wachowski's and Andy Wachowski's (The Matrix) film adaptation which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival. The massive change comes from the interweaving of the book's parts into one three-hour saga — a move that elevates the material and transforms Cloud Atlas in to a work of epic proportions.
Don't be turned off by the runtime — Cloud Atlas moves at lightning pace as it cuts back and forth between its various threads: an American notary sailing the Pacific; a budding musician tasked with transcribing the hummings of an accomplished 1930's composer; a '70s-era investigatory journalist who uncovers a nefarious plot tied to the local nuclear power plant; a book publisher in 2012 who goes on the run from gangsters only to be incarcerated in a nursing home; Sonmi~451 a clone in Neo Seoul who takes on the oppressive government that enslaves her; and a primitive human from the future who teams with one of the few remaining technologically-advanced Earthlings in order to survive. Dense but so was the unfamiliar world of The Matrix. Cloud Atlas has more moving parts than the Wachowskis' seminal sci-fi flick but with additional ambition to boot. Every second is a sight to behold.
The members of the directing trio are known for their visual prowess but Cloud Atlas is a movie about juxtaposition. The art of editing is normally a seamless one — unless someone is really into the craft the cutting of a film is rarely a post-viewing talking point — but Cloud Atlas turns the editor into one of the cast members an obvious player who ties the film together with brilliant cross-cutting and overlapping dialogue. Timothy Cavendish the elderly publisher could be musing on his need to escape and the film will wander to the events of Sonmi~451 or the tortured music apprentice Robert Frobisher also feeling the impulse to run. The details of each world seep into one another but the real joy comes from watching each carefully selected scene fall into place. You never feel lost in Cloud Atlas even when Tykwer and the Wachowskis have infused three action sequences — a gritty car chase in the '70s a kinetic chase through Neo Seoul and a foot race through the forests of future millennia — into one extended set piece. This is a unified film with distinct parts echoing the themes of human interconnectivity.
The biggest treat is watching Cloud Atlas' ensemble tackle the diverse array of characters sprinkled into the stories. No film in recent memory has afforded a cast this type of opportunity yet another form of juxtaposition that wows. Within a few seconds Tom Hanks will go from near-neanderthal to British gangster to wily 19th century doctor. Halle Berry Hugh Grant Jim Sturgess Jim Broadbent Ben Whishaw Hugo Weaving and Susan Sarandon play the same game taking on roles of different sexes races and the like. (Weaving as an evil nurse returning to his Priscilla Queen of the Desert cross-dressing roots is mind-blowing.) The cast's dedication to inhabiting their roles on every level helps us quickly understand the worlds. We know it's Halle Berry behind the fair skinned wife of the lunatic composer but she's never playing Halle Berry. Even when the actors are playing variations on themselves they're glowing with the film's overall epic feel. Jim Broadbent's wickedly funny modern segment a Tykwer creation that packs a particularly German sense of humor is on a smaller scale than the rest of the film but the actor never dials it down. Every story character and scene in Cloud Atlas commits to a style. That diversity keeps the swirling maelstrom of a movie in check.
Cloud Atlas poses big questions without losing track of its human element the characters at the heart of each story. A slower moment or two may have helped the Wachowskis' and Tykwer's film to hit a powerful emotional chord but the finished product still proves mainstream movies can ask questions while laying over explosive action scenes. This year there won't be a bigger movie in terms of scope in terms of ideas and in terms of heart than Cloud Atlas.
The actor, best known for his role as Captain Jack Harkness in the cult TV series, accepted the Doctor of Drama honorary degree from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD).
Posing in a traditional Scottish kilt with his honour, Barrowman said, "21 years ago, I actually did my first audition for Anything Goes here opposite Elaine Paige, got the job and wasn't able to finish my degree. And here I am, 21 years later, I've finally got it.
"You can call me Doctor now. I'm glad I'm back up in Scotland and able to celebrate in full highland dress."
Model Sophie Dahl, funnyman Stephen Fry, veteran actor Bernard Cribbins, and former Doctor Who Peter Davison have also signed up to the fundraising drive by The Cure Parkinson's Trust.
They have each etched their own design for unique, one-off candle holders made of bone china, which will be auctioned off in aid of the charity via the eBay website.
The 10-day sale, which begins on Tuesday (22Feb11), also includes signed photos from other stars including Sir Michael Caine, opera singer Katherine Jenkins, former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, and Little Britain creators Matt Lucas and David Walliams.
And Gervais is urging fans to support the charity's efforts to raise awareness of Parkinson's disease, writing on his blog: "Please bid for my little doodle in an auction for Parkinsons."
Peters has already signed on to play Sally Durant Plummer in the Kennedy Center production of the show at the Eisenhower Theater next summer (11)
And Paige, the original Eva Peron in Evita and the original Grizabella in Cats, will join her in the revival of the Stephen Sondheim production, about a reunion of performers who appeared together in a fictional version of Ziegfield's Follies.
Also joining the cast are Linda Lavin, Jan Maxwell, Terri White, Terrence Currier, Rosalind Elias, Florence Lacey, Regine, David Sabin and Susan Watson, reports Variety.
Follies is set to run 7 May through 19 June (11).