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Ken Page

Ken Page
Ken Page in 2008
Born (1954-01-20) January 20, 1954
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Nationality American
Education Bishop DuBourg High School
Alma mater Fontbonne College
Occupation Actor, voice actor, cabaret singer
Years active 1975–present

Ken Page (born January 20, 1954) is an American cabaret singer, actor and voice actor from St. Louis, Missouri. Page is best known as the voice of "Oogie Boogie", the main antagonist of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, creating the eponymous role of "Ken" in the original Broadway production of Ain't Misbehavin' and playing the role of "Old Deuteronomy" in both the original Broadway and filmed stage productions of Cats, the Musical.

Early life

Page was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He attended Bishop DuBourg High School and Fontbonne College.

Career

Ken 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. (Page 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 recent 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 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) and subsequent video games including The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Pumpkin King, The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge and the Kingdom Hearts series.

He is currently reprising the role of "Old Deuteronomy" in the Moonlight Theater production of Cats in Lubbock, TX.

Filmography

Film

{ class="wikitable"|- ! Year !! Title !! Role |- | 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 |- | 1998 || Cats || Old Deuteronomy |- | 2004 || The Devil and Daniel Webster || Clerk |- | 2006 || Dreamgirls || Max Washington |}

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1984 Gimme a Break! Kenneth Wilson Episode: "Class of '84"
1987–1988 Sable Joe "Cheesecake" Tyson Episodes: "Toy Gun"
"Hunt"
"Evangelist"
"Serial Killer"
"Copycat"
"Watchdogs"
"Mob"
1989 Polly Mayor Warren
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"
"Men"
"Date"
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

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2002 Kingdom Hearts Oogie Boogie (voice)
2004 The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge
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

Theatre

Broadway

Off Broadway

Regional

The Muny-St. Louis

Other

  • 1979: Ain't Misbehavin' as Performer 4 (US Tour)
  • 1991: Children of Eden as Father/God (West End)

Soundtrack

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"
"Old Deuteronomy"
"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"
Old Deuteronomy Cats
2004 Danny Elfman "Oogie's Song"
"Casino Clash"
"A Filthy Finale"
Oogie Boogie The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Play Result
1976 Theatre World Award Best Actor Ain't Misbehavin
1978 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actor in a Musical Guys and Dolls

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