Thursday, July 09, 2015

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Ken Page

Artist:Ken Page
Song:Oogie Boogie's Song
Album:Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Musical theater performer Ken Page has been around since the 70s and has had success on Broadway. But he is best known for providing the voice for the villain Oogie Boogie in the 1993 film Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas. He was born Jan. 20, 1951 in St. Louis and he has been a long time supporter of the St. Louis live theater scene. He made his Broadway debut as The Lion in the 1975 show The Wiz. And that led to playing Nicely-Nicely Johnson in the 1976 revival of Guys and Dolls for which he won a Theater World award. He also won a Drama Desk award for his role in the 1978 Fats Waller musical Ain't Misbehavin'. He also appeared in the 1982 hit show Cats. Page has also appeared on TV mostly doing guest shots on sitcoms. After doing the voice of Gator in the 1989 film All Dogs Go To Heaven, Page was hired to play Oogie Boogie in The Nightmare Before Christmas. Oogie Boogie's Song has taken on a life of its own and Page has provided the Oogie Boogie voice in several video games and other Disney properties. The soundtrack of The Nightmare Before Christmas is available in a deluxe edition with bonus tracks. This role has given Page enough fame that he tours the US with his one man show Page By Page. Other than that, Page does a lot of acting and directing live theater for The Muny in St. Louis. That's where he got his start so now he gives back to the community. Here's Ken Page performing Oogie Boogie's Song in the 1993 film Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas.

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