The Muny has sustained Page's career, and he has given in kind. He still vividly recalls his first show, South Pacific, in 1973: "Bloody Mary was played by a lovely lady named Theresa Merritt. I told her I wanted to leave St. Louis and go to New York, and she asked why. That wasn't what I expected her to say, but she wasn't giving an inch. So I said, 'I feel like I have to do this.' And she said, 'That's a good reason. Any other reason, think about it. But if you have to do it, then go.' Then she said, 'But if you do go, keep your eyes open and your mouth shut, because you don't know anything and you have to learn first.' It was great advice."
Thirty-two years later, as his long-delayed debut in Jesus Christ Superstar approaches, Ken Page is still on the learning curve.