JudyPage

Judy Page

@ Singer + Musical Theatre Star

Judy Page began her prolific career in South Africa as a band vocalist during the 1960s. Then she moved into piano-bar performances, later shining in cabaret. In the mid-1970s, she broke into musical theatre in From Berlin to Broadway and in 1976 was cast as Baroness Elsa in The Sound of Music, for which she received the first of five Dalro nominations.

She went on to perform in many musical compilations, including Brel, Piaf, Jerome Kern, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Judy Garland and Jerry’s Girls (for which she won the Dalro Award for best performance in a musical) as well as tributes to Sondheim, Hoagy Carmichael, Kander & Ebb and Noël Coward. Most notably, she has tackled a series of greatly acclaimed major leads, including Miss Mona in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Roxie Hart in Chicago and Anna in The King & I.

In 2006, Judy won a coveted Naledi Theatre Award for best-supporting actress for her role as Mrs Higgins in My Fair Lady. She won a Naledi Theatre Award again in 2008, for best comedy performance as the eccentric piano player in The Full Monty.

Judy loves cabaret appearances and has enjoyed more intimate contact with audiences in smaller venues in shows such as Friends (with Abigail Kubeka), Circle of Love (with daughter Kim Kallie), Side by Side (with Ian von Memerty) and a biographical piece Page by Page. In 2012, she and daughter Kim Kallie performed together with pianist Johan Laas in a cabaret called Mom & Me. Judy reprised the show in 2014, performing with Kim and granddaughter Sarah-Paige at Delaire Graff Estate.

Judy has also reached wider audiences on television, appearing in her own series Hey Jude, many musical programmes and even a soap opera. She was the star of Sun City’s extravaganza Bravo that ran for 15 months, and in 2014 played a cameo role in the movie Knysna.

In March 2012, Judy received a Naledi Life Time Achievement Award, presented to Theatre Veterans & Icons who have left an indelible legacy through their passion and talent.