Elaine Paige Named Godmother Of Seabourn Ovation
Highly awarded actress and singer Elaine Paige will serve as godmother to Seabourn's new all-suite ship, Seabourn Ovation.
Paige originated the role of Eva Peron in Evita, followed by Grizabella in Cats and Florence in Chess. She has starred in more smash hit West End and Broadway musicals than anyone else of her generation - from Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Anything Goes, Sunset Boulevard, to The King & I, Sweeney Todd and Follies - and many more.
She bears the unofficial title of "The First Lady of British Musical Theatre." In 1995, she was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) for services to Musical Theatre by Queen Elizabeth II.
Paige has performed around the world, from The White House, The Great Hall of the People in Beijing, and The Sydney Opera House to The Bolshoi, New York's Lincoln Center, and London's Royal Albert Hall. She has recorded 22 solo albums, has been featured on seven cast albums and earned eight consecutive gold and four multi-platinum discs, achieving chart topping hits including signature tunes Don't Cry for Me Argentina and I Know Him So Well.
Her television work includes drama on BBC & ITV, her own series on SKY Arts and more roles to be aired on BBC & ITV this year. She continues to host her BBC Radio 2 show, Elaine Paige On Sunday, regularly attracting 2.5 million listeners every week.
When not performing, Paige works tirelessly for charities including The Children's Trust. She is President for the Dan Maskell Tennis Trust, an Ambassador to the Royal Voluntary Service and an Artistic Associate of Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Other charities include Breast Cancer Campaign, the Royal Academy of Dance Silver Swans, and Support Dogs amongst many others.
Seabourn Ovation's naming ceremony will take place Friday, May 11, in Valletta, Malta, during a ceremony that will light up the dramatic UNESCO World Heritage site. Sister ship to Seabourn Encore, she is the fifth ultra-luxury ship in the Seabourn fleet and will sail on a variety of voyages in and around Europe between May and November 2018.