Originally from Kettering, Ohio, Ben is an actor and musician based out of New York City.
In 2005, Ben played his cello and the role of Anthony in John Doyle’s Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of Sweeney Todd. He performed on Nonesuch's Grammy-nominated original cast recording and recreated his role on the road in the subsequent national tour, earning an IRNE award for Best Supporting Actor. Other favorite credits include Des McAnuff’s Broadway revival of Guys and Dolls, Cameron Mackintosh’s 25th Anniversary National Tour of Les Misérables and two years playing the Bank Manager (and several musical instruments) in the 1st National Tour and Broadway productions of Once, the musical. Recent Chicago credits include 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 at The Marriott Theater and Boatman in Sunday In The Park With George at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Other regional credits include work with ACT, Court Theatre, Drury Lane, Human Race Theatre, La Jolla, Long Wharf and Paper Mill Playhouse. On screen, you might have seen Ben on NBC’s 30 Rock and Chicago Justice or singing with Will Ferrell in The Other Guys.
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 cello and various other instruments on numerous projects, including Youth In A Roman Field’s EP, Suits For Children, and Ryan Link's indie album, Reverberations. His newest record, Old Songs, was recorded in Nashville with The Fret Knots and released digitally and on vinyl in 2016.
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.