Ken Jennings is an American actor.


Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, Jennings got his first acting job with the Halfpenny Playhouse in New Jersey and soon made his way to New York, becoming well known after his Drama Desk winning performance in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Though mostly known for his musical roles, Jennings also appeared in a number of straight plays, including All God's Chill'uns Have Wings and London Assurance as well as appearing in several film and television productions including The Last Unicorn and Mildred Pierce.


Jennings made a large number of musical appearances on stage, the best known being his second, originating the role of Tobias Ragg in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, which he reprised for the official video. He also appeared in the original casts of several ensemble musicals including The Gift of the Magi and Mayor.

Jennings became the first actor to play the Ghost of Christmas Past in the Madison Square Garden production of A Christmas Carol and appeared in off-Broadway productions including the workshop for The Molly Maguires. He also played the roles of "Old Man" Strong and Hot Blades Harry in the original Broadway production of Urinetown.


Babes in Toyland (1975)

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1979)(originated the role)

  • Pirelli's Miracle Elixir (contains solo lines)
  • God That's Good (duet)
  • Not While I'm Around (duet)
  • Final Scene (contains solo lines)
  • The Ballad of Sweeney Todd (seventh reprise)(contains solo lines)

The Boys from Syracuse (1984)

  • What Do You Do With A Man? (duet)
  • Let Antipholus In
  • Big Brother (solo)

The Gift of the Magi (1984)(originated the role)

Mayor (1985)(originated the role)

  • You're Not the Mayor (contains solo lines)
  • Hootspa (contains solo lines)
  • Subway: The Last "I Love New York" Song (contains solo lines)
  • Good Times (contains solo lines)

The Little Rascals (1987)(originated the role)

Grand Hotel (1989)

Georg Strung (originated the role)
Witt (understudy)

Peter Pan (1994)

  • Hook's Tango
  • Hook's Waltz

A Christmas Carol (1994)(originated the role)

  • Nothing to Do With Me (contains solo lines)
  • The Lights of Long Ago (solo)
  • Christmas Day (contains solo lines)

Side Show (1997)(originated the role)

  • Come and Look at the Freaks (contains solo lines)
  • Crazy, Deaf and Blind (solo)
  • Beautiful Day for a Wedding (contains solo lines)

The Molly Maguires (1999)

Fanny Hill (1999)(originated the role)

  • Fallwell (contains solo lines)

Urinetown (2001)(originated the role)

  • Urinetown
  • Act One Finale
  • What is Urinetown? (contains solo lines)
  • Snuff That Girl (contains solo lines)
  • Run, Freedom, Run!
  • We're Not Sorry (contains solo lines)
  • I See a River

Mimi Le Duck (2006)


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