Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Ben is a New York based actor, musician, and writer. In 2005, Ben played his cello and the role of Anthony in John Doyle’s Tony Award winning Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd. He performed on the Grammy nominated original cast recording and performed the entire run at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre. He recreated his role on the road in the subsequent national tour; earning the IRNE award for Best Supporting Actor.
Other favorite credits include Des McAnuff’s 2009 Broadway revival of Guys & Dolls at the Nederlander Theatre and Cameron Mackintosh’s reimagined 25th Anniversary National Tour of Les Misérables. Ben spent two years playing the Bank Manager (and several musical instruments) in the 1st National Tour and Broadway productions of Once, the musical. More recently, he performed the role of Lemml in Paula Vogel's Indecent at Victory Gardens, directed by Gary Griffin, as well as Tateh in the Jeff Award-Winning production of Ragtime in Chicago. Other regional credits include Sunday In The Park With George at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, The Man of La Mancha at Long Wharf, ACT, Cape Playhouse, Drury Lane, Geva Theatre Center, and Paper Mill Playhouse. On screen, you may have seen Ben as Paul Revere on 30 Rock or singing with Will Ferrell in The Other Guys.
His theater work also includes multiple projects with the immersive NYC dance company, Third Rail Productions. He served as a collaborating musician on their productions of Then She Fell, The Grand Paradise, and Lincoln Center’s Ghost Light. Ben served as co-composer for their most recent Drama-Desk Nominated production of Midsummer: A Banquet.
As a singer and musician, he has played in venues as varied as San Francisco’s Plush Room to New York’s Bowery Ballroom and Sin-é; from The Boston Opera House to The Pantages in Los Angeles. He has contributed string arrangements, cello, and various other instruments on dozens of indie albums. Most recently, his record entitled Old Songs with The Fret Knots was released digitally and is also available on vinyl.
Mr. Magnuson is a graduate of The University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. He is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, Screen Actors’ Guild and the American Federation of Musicians.