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Lights, Camera, Action! Elaine’s “Norma Desmond” arrives on YouTube!

A rare filmed performance of Elaine in character as the fictional silent movie star Norma Desmond has been released today on YouTube:

The full length music video was recently re-discovered in Warner Music’s film archive; it features Elaine singing “As If We Never Said Goodbye” on stage at the Adelphi Theatre in London during the 1995 production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical ‘Sunset Boulevard’. In 1996, Elaine received a Laurence Olivier Award nomination in the category of “Best Actress in a Musical” for her role in ‘Sunset Boulevard’.

A high quality version of this music video will be released as a bonus feature on a “Deluxe” Digital Download edition of Elaine’s upcoming retrospective THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION which is out May 12th on Rhino/Warner Music UK.

Pre-order the standard CD edition of THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION here:

Sunset Boulevard is the ultimate Hollywood comeback story. Everyone remembers Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond in the classic Billy Wilder movie, playing an ageing silent movie star, desperately trying to make  her Hollywood comeback in “talkies”. The silent movie era was over and, like the fictitious Norma Desmond, many stars had fallen into obscurity…” – Elaine Paige