Ken Page (born January 20, 1954) is an American actor and cabaret singer. Page is best known as the voices of King Gator in All Dogs Go to Heaven and Oogie Boogie in The Nightmare Before Christmas franchise. He also created the 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.

Ken Page
Ken Page July 2017.jpg
Ken Page at the 2017 Florida SuperCon
Born
Kenneth Page

(1954-01-20) January 20, 1954 (age 67)
OccupationActor, cabaret singer
Years active1975–present
Musical career
Genres
InstrumentsVocals
Associated acts

Early lifeEdit

Kenneth Page was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He was raised Catholic 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.[1]

CareerEdit

 
Ken Page in 2008

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 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 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.[2]

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.

Personal lifeEdit

In a 2015 interview with St. Louis Magazine, Page said that he identifies as gay.[3]


FilmographyEdit

Film
Year Title Role Notes
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 Direct-to-video
2003 Shortcut to Happiness 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 6 episodes
1989 Polly Mayor Warren TV Movie
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 6 episodes
1994 Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man Additional Voices Episode: American Dick
South Central Dr. Raymond McHenry 3 episodes
1995 Touched by an Angel Ox Episode: There But for the Grace of God
1998–2005 Great Performances Old Deuteronomy 2 episodes
2000 Welcome to New York Chef Andre Episode: Tickets
2005 All Grown Up! Narrator, Man Voice, Episode: Blind Man's Bluff
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
2005 The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Pumpkin King
2006 Kingdom Hearts II
2007 Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix+

TheatreEdit

BroadwayEdit

Off BroadwayEdit

RegionalEdit

The Muny-St. LouisEdit

OtherEdit

  • 1979: Ain't Misbehavin' as Performer 4 (US Tour)
  • 1991: Children of Eden as Father/God (West End)
  • 2018: The Nightmare Before Christmas in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl as Oogie Boogie
  • 2019: The Little Mermaid: An Immersive Live-to-Film Concert Experience as Sebastian

DiscographyEdit

SinglesEdit

  • Page by Page (2008)[4]

SoundtrackEdit

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 nominationsEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ken Page Biography. The History Makers. April 4, 2008. Retrieved January 23, 2019
  2. ^ Kerns, William (15 October 2014). "Moonlight Musicals' production of 'Cats' using more professionals". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/page-by-page-mw0000781692

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