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Ken Page at the 2017 Florida SuperCon
January 20, 1954
|Occupation||Actor, cabaret singer|
Kenneth Page (born January 20, 1954) is an American actor and cabaret singer. Page is best known as the voice of Oogie Boogie, the main antagonist The Nightmare Before Christmas, and King Gator from All Dogs Go to Heaven. He also creatied the eponymous role of "Ken" in the original Broadway production of Ain't Misbehavin', and played the role of "Old Deuteronomy" in both the original Broadway and filmed stage productions of Cats, the Musical.
Kenneth Page was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He was raised by his mother, Gloria and his step-father, Garvin Gilstrap. He attended St. Bridget of Erin and St. Nicholas elementary schools. While attending St. Nicholas, he was inspired by a teacher and an older cousin to pursue theater. He subsequently graduated from Bishop DuBourg High School in 1973. From there he attended Fontbonne College in Clayton, Missouri on a full scholarship and majored in theater.
Page began his career in the chorus of The Muny outdoor theater in St. Louis. After making his Broadway debut in The Wiz, Page played Nicely-Nicely Johnson in the all-black revival of Guys and Dolls (Theatre World Award). He was then featured in the original cast of the Fats Waller musical revue, Ain't Misbehavin' (Drama Desk Award), a role he reprised in the 1982 television broadcast. He also returned to the show in its 1988 Broadway revival. In 1982, he played Old Deuteronomy in Cats, returning to the part in the 1998 video release. He also has the distinction of playing God twice: in Randy Newman's Faust at La Jolla Playhouse and Goodman Theatre and in Stephen Schwartz's Children of Eden (West End). Page frequently acts in shows at The Muny, with recent appearances including Jesus Christ Superstar, Aida, The Wizard of Oz, Les Misérables, My One and Only, and Little Shop of Horrors.
Besides The Nightmare Before Christmas, Page's major film credits include All Dogs Go to Heaven and Torch Song Trilogy, as well as Dreamgirls. His TV credits include guest roles on shows such as Charmed and Touched by an Angel, as well as various movies and specials.
In later years, Page has developed and performed his cabaret-singer show, Page by Page, and directed various regional and touring productions. Page's most recent role was the voice of the notorious talking plant Audrey II in the Muny's production of Little Shop of Horrors. He also reprised the role of "Old Deuteronomy" in the Moonlight Theater production of Cats in Lubbock, TX.
He regularly reprises his role as Oogie Boogie in several other Disney productions such as the fireworks display HalloWishes at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, its sister show, Halloween Screams at Disneyland, the Haunted Mansion Holiday (also at Disneyland), the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular (at Magic Kingdom) and subsequent video games including The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Pumpkin King, The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge and the Kingdom Hearts series.
|1988||Torch Song Trilogy||Murray|
|1989||All Dogs Go to Heaven||King Gator (voice)|
|1993||The Nightmare Before Christmas||Oogie Boogie (voice)|
|1994||I'll Do Anything||Hair Person|
|2004||The Devil and Daniel Webster||Clerk|
|1984||Gimme a Break!||Kenneth Wilson||Episode: "Class of '84"|
|1987–1988||Sable||Joe "Cheesecake" Tyson||Episodes: "Toy Gun"|
|Teen Angel Returns||Chubby|
|1990||Family Matters||Darnell Watkins||Episode: "The Big Reunion"|
|Capital News||Episode: "Finished? Not Dunne"|
|Polly: Comin' Home!||Mayor Warren||TV movie|
|1993–1994||Adventures in Wonderland||The Walrus||Episodes: "I Am The Walrus"|
"Weed Shall Overcome"
"To Tear is Human"
"Give Ants a Chance"
"Purple Potato Eaters"
"Those Tusks, Those Eyes"
|1994||Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man||Episode: "American Dicks"|
|South Central||Dr. Raymond McHenry||Episodes: "RTD"|
|1995||Touched by an Angel||Ox||Episode: "There But for the Grace of God"|
|1998–2005||Great Performances||Old Deuteronomy||Episodes: "Cats"|
"Broadway's Lost Treasures III: The Best of the Tony Awards"
|2000||Welcome to New York||Chef Andre||Episode: "Tickets"|
|2007||State of Mind||Florian|
|2002||Kingdom Hearts||Oogie Boogie (voice)|
|2004||The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge|
|2005||The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Pumpkin King|
|2006||Kingdom Hearts II|
|2007||Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix+|
|2013||Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix||Archive footage|
|2014||Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix||Archive footage|
The Muny-St. Louis
- 1994: "Ain't Misbehavin'" as Ken
- 1995: "Camelot" as King Pellinore
- 1996: "Sleeping Beauty" voice of Wendell
- 1997: "The Wizard of Oz" as Zeke/Lion
- 1998: "Radio City Rockettes MUNY Spectacular" Ensemble
- 1998: "Damn Yankees" as Mgr. Van Buren
- 1999: "Grease" as Teen Angel
- 2001: "My Fair Lady" as Colonel Pickering
- 2002: "The Fantasticks" as Bellomy
- 2004: "Cats" as Old Deuteronomy
- 2004: "Breakfast At Tiffany's" as Joe
- 2005: "Jesus Christ Superstar" as King Herod
- 2005: "Beauty and the Beast" as Maurice/Narrator
- 2006: "The Wizard of Oz" as Professor Marvel/The Wizard
- 2006: "Oliver!" as Mr. Bumble
- 2006: "Aida" as Amonasro
- 2007: "Les Misérables" as Thenardier
- 2008: "My One and Only" as Rt. Rev. J.D. Montgomery
- 2008: "90 Years of Muny Magic" as Principal
- 2010: "Cats" as Old Deuteronomy
- 2010: "Beauty and the Beast" as Maurice/Narrator
- 2011: "The Little Mermaid" as King Triton
- 2011: "Little Shop of Horrors" voice of Audrey II
- 2012: "Dreamgirls" as Marty
- 2012: "Aladdin" as Sultan
- 2013: "West Side Story" as Doc
- 2014: "Tarzan, the Broadway musical" as Porter
- 2015: "Into The Woods" as Narrator
- 2016: "Aida (musical)" as Amonasro
- 1979: Ain't Misbehavin' as Performer 4 (US Tour)
- 1991: Children of Eden as Father/God (West End)
|Year||Artist / Writer||Song||Role||Film|
|1989||Charles Strouse & T.J. Kuenster||"Let's Make Music Together||King Gator||All Dogs Go to Heaven|
|1993||Danny Elfman||"Oogie Boogie's Song"||Oogie Boogie||The Nightmare Before Christmas|
|1997||Charles Strouse & T.J. Kuenster||"Let's Make Music Together"||King Gator||MGM Sing-Alongs: Being Happy|
|1998||Andrew Lloyd Webber & T.S. Eliot||"Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats"
"The Awful Battle of the Pekes and the Pollicles"
"The Jellicle Ball"
"The Moments of Happiness"
"Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat"
"The Ad-dressing of Cats"
|2004||Danny Elfman||"Oogie's Song"
"A Filthy Finale"
|Oogie Boogie||The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge|
Awards and nominations
|1976||Theatre World Award||Best Actor||Ain't Misbehavin||Won|
|1978||Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Actor in a Musical||Guys and Dolls||Won|
- Ken Page Biography. The History Makers. April 4, 2008. Retrieved January 23, 2019
- Cooperman, Jeannette (12 September 2012). "Kenny Cool: Broadway Actor Ken Page Talks About Joy, Celebrity, and Coming Home Again". St. Louis Magazine. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
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