Grand Marshal & Oz-Stravaganza! Parade 2015
GRAND MARSHAL FOR 37TH ANNUAL OZ-STRAVAGANZA! PARADE
Ken Page, in a career spanning forty years, has worked in nearly all areas of the entertainment industry. Ken was in the original Broadway engagement of “The Wiz” (Lion) and The Wizard of OZ (Cowardly Lion).
Ken made his Broadway debut in 1976 in the all-black revival of “Guys & Dolls”. His rousing gospel rendition of “Sit Down Your Rockin’ The Boat” earned him unanimous critical praise and the coveted “Theatre World Award”. He was seen in the original cast of two Tony Award-winning Best Musicals- Cats (Old Deuteronomy) and Ain’t Misbehavin(Ken); It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues, A Christmas Carol (The Ghost of Christmas Present).
His Motion Picture resume includes: Mr. Oogie Boogie in the cult classic “The Nightmare Before Christmas”, Dreamgirls”(Max Washington).“Torch Song, Trilogy”(Murry) and “I’ll Do Anything” (Ken). He also voiced the character King Gator in “All Dogs Go To Heaven”.
Television audiences have enjoyed Ken on many sitcoms, episodic and music specials (Ain’t Misbehavin’-NBC, Duke Ellington- The Music Lives On-PBS, Cats- PBS, The Tonight Show, The Today Show, and three appearances on the historic Merv Griffin Show etc.
Across the Atlantic, audiences have seen Ken in London’s original West End production of “Children of Eden” (Father), and in the concert of “My One and Only” (Rev.Montgomery)- at the London Palladium, “Mr. Wonderful” (A Tribute to Sammy Davis Jr.) at London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane and Ain’t Misbehavin’ in Paris. In concert, Ken has performed at Carnegie Hall (Anyone Can Whistle), Lincoln Center (American Songbook-Harold Arlen/Frank Loesser), New York City Center Encores! Series, “Call Me Madam”,”Out of This World” and “Pajama Game”, Reprise’ L.A.) “Threepenny Opera”, “Follies”, “Damn Yankees” as well as Ryman Auditorium-Grand Ol’ Opry, and Caesar’s Palace Atlantic City and Las Vegas.
Mr. Page is the recipient of the New York Drama Desk Award. He has been honored by the New York Drama League and has been nominated for Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Award and is the recipient of St. Louis’s Kevin Kline Award for his performance of King Herod in “Jesus Christ Superstar”. He was also nominated for his performances as Monsieur Thenardier in “Les Miserables” and for his work as the voice of Audrey II in “Little Shop of Horrors, all with The ST. LOUIS MUNY, where Ken has performed many roles of the musical theatre canon for the last twenty years.
Mr. Page’s concert “Page by Page” Is performed across the country and has been recorded and released on CD by LML Music.
Ken can be heard on eighteen Original Cast, Concert or Soundtrack Recordings. Ken was part of the GRAMMY AWARD winning cast albums of CATS and AIN’T MISBEHAVIN. He was also seen in the Lincoln Center Theatre’s production of HAPPINESS and appeared in The Hollywood Bowl’s presentation of GUYS AND DOLLS recreating his Broadway role.
Ken was seen in the world premiere of the new musical of the film “GRUMPY OLD MEN” at The Royal Manitoba Performing Arts Center in Winnipeg, Canada, and at the Tony Award winning Shakespeare Theatre Company of Washington D.C. as The Duke of Milan in “TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA” the Rock Opera in concert.
Mr. Page’s directing credits are numerous; among them are several productions of AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’, NIGHTLIFE (workshops/Director/Writer) at New York’s Westbeth Theatre and Manhattan Theatre Club. Ken’s production of THE FANTASTICKS was awarded the Los Angeles Ovation Award as Best Musical. Other productions: DARK OF THE MOON, ATOM AND EVE, BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, WHITE WOMAN, Harvey Fierstein’s TIDY ENDINGS, Tennessee Williams’s HELLO FROM BERTHA , and GODSPELL.
Ken conceived wrote the book for and directed two Los Angeles workshops of the musical of the classic novel, TO SIR WITH LOVE. In 2010 he directed a newly revised production of the musical STORYVILLE at the San Diego Repertory Theatre. In 2013, Ken conceived wrote and directed the world premiere of a new musical CAFÉ CHANSON, produced by The Upstream Theatre of St. Louis. The show was awarded four St. Louis Critics Circle nominations including Best Musical Production and Best Director.
Last spring he made his return to the New York City Cabaret stage at 54 BELOW, and this spring brought that show titled, “OLD NEW BORROWED AND BLUE”, to The St. Louis Gaslight Cabaret Festival. Ken was part of the anniversary concert for Broadway World.com, VISITING OZ (released on CD and DVD) at Joe’s Pub and the annual BROADWAY BACKWARDS and GYPSY OF THE YEAR Concerts 2014. The latter celebrating the 40th Anniversary of THE WIZ. Both concerts are in support of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids. He was also seen in 54 BELOW sings THE WIZ.
In Spring 2015 he will bring his new Cabaret show to New York’s BIRDLAND. In fall 2015 Mr. Page will direct his new theatre piece SUBLIME INTIMACY in St. Louis for the LOUIE & MAX Theatre Company.