Todd Ellison and Friends: An Evening of Songs

Hailed by The New York Times as one of “Broadway’s Electric Conductors,” Todd Ellison is one of the most accomplished and sought-after Music Directors working today.


Raised on Melody Lane in Ivoryton, Ellison began playing piano at age six with Beverly Astles and graduated from Valley Regional High School. His first professional job at 16 was Assistant Music Director of Jesus Christ Superstar at the Ivoryton Playhouse. He later graduated from Boston University School of Music with a degree in Piano Performance.


Ellison’s career has spanned many roles, ranging from awardwinning Broadway shows to several seasons as the Music Director for the “Radio City Christmas Spectacular.” Currently, he is the Music Supervisor and Arranger of the new Broadway-bound musical, Roman Holiday, and the composer of the award-winning musical, The Black and White Ball and The Canterville Ghost. Ellison’s Broadway credits include: An American in Paris, Annie, La Cage aux Folles, Elton John’s Lestat, Monty Python’s Spamalot, 42nd Street, Amour, The Wild Party, On the Town, Once Upon a Mattress (starring Sarah Jessica Parker), How to Succeed (starring Matthew Broderick), She Loves Me, Elaine Mays’ Taller than … and A Class Act. 

At the Goodspeed at Chester, Ellison worked on Annie 2 and supervised and orchestrated Lucky Guy. For City Center’s Encores, he conducted their acclaimed versions of On the Town and The Bandwagon. As Marvin Hamlisch’s Music Director, Ellison worked on Ballroom and his final musical- The Nutty Professor, directed by Jerry Lewis. Ellison has conducted all over the world, including the Vienna Konzerthaus with Dawn Upshaw and Jerry Hadley, The Dublin Film Orchestra, Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Mexico City), World Science Festival-Lincoln Center, Cole Porters’ Jubilee at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Centers Annie 2, How to Succeed and Bye Bye Birdie. In the West End of London he was the Music Supervisor/Orchestrator of 42nd Street and supervised and conducted opening night of An American in Paris, at the Dominion Theater as well as supervising the acclaimed Tokyo production. He has enjoyed conducting twice at the Hollywood Bowl, on numerous occasions the Pittsburgh Symphony, San Diego Symphony and New Jersey Symphony as well as Long Beach, New Haven, Nashville and York Symphonies and The Philly Pops.

Ellison has accompanied such stars as Beyoncé, Meryl Streep, Mike Nichols, Nicole Kidman, Barry Manilow,
Bea Arthur, Jane Lynch, Jennifer Hudson and Bernadette Peters. 

In doing these concerts over the last 20+ years we have raised tens of thousands of dollars for Regional District 4, The Ivoryton Playhouse, Lyme Public Hall, Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore, and now the Ivoryton Library, all thanks to you!

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