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Paul Robeson (April 9, 1898 – January 23, 1976)was a critically acclaimed Black actor, performer, and activist. Before he began performing, he was awarded a scholarship to Rutgers University where he played football, and then went on to Columbia Law School where he got an LL.B. 

At Columbia, Robeson began singing and acting for the first time seriously. He was a participant in the Harlem Reniassance before going overseas to Britain to begin his performing career, where he settled with his wife for a while. 

For a while Robeson put his acting career on hold to speak out about the Spanish Civil War. He also became involved in the Civil Rights Movement, and was placed on the FBI watch list for apparent ties to communism.

Robeson’s credits include:

  • Othello (Othello), 1945
  • John Henry (John Henry), 1944
  • Show Boat (Joe), 1940
  • Black Boy (Black Boy), 1932
  • The Dreamy Kid/ The Emperor Jones (Brutus Jones), 1926
  • All God’s Chillun Got Wings (Jim Harris), 1925
  • Taboo (Jim), 1924

Ken Page is probably best know for voicing the character “Oogie Boogie” from Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas

 Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. Page attended Bishop DuBourg High School and in 1973 he received a full scholarship to Fontbonne College where he majored in Theatre.

Page made his Broadway debut in 1976 starring in an all black revival of Guys and Dolls.  He later went on to play he played the role of the Lion in the hit musical The Wiz in 1997. the following year, he would later go on to be featured as an original cast member in the Fats Waller musical revue Ain’t Misbehavin’ and was subsequently awarded the Drama Desk Award for his performance.In 1982, Page originated the role of Old Deuteronomy in the Broadway production of Cats.  In 2000, Page starred in the Broadway show Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues.

his other theatre credits include:

  • Louis as Joe “King” Olivor
  •  Call Me Madam as Senator Gallagher
  •  Out of this World as Jupiter
  •  The Wizard of Oz as Cowardly Lion
  •  The Pajama Game as Mr. Hassler
  • Oliver! as Mr. Bumble
  • Aida as Amonasro
  • Les Miserables as Thenardier
  • My One and Only as Rt. Rev. J.D. Montgomery
  • 90 Years of Muny Magic as principal
  • Beauty and the Beast as Maurice/Narrator
  • Little Shop of Horror voice of Audrey II
  •  Aladdin as Sultan
  • West Side Story as Doc