Todd conducting ON THE TOWN, City Center, 2008
Hailed by The New York Times as one of “Broadway’s Electric Conductors,” Ellison is one of the most accomplished and sought after music directors working today.
Currently the Music Director of The Philly Pops, he is the Music Supervisor/Arranger of the new Broadway bound musical Roman Holiday. He is the composer of the award-winning musical, The Black and White Ball, as well as The Canterville Ghost with Brendan Cull. In London’s West End, he was the Music Supervisor/Orchestrator of 42ndStreet at the Drury Lane Theatre, supervised and conducted opening night of An American in Paris at the Dominion Theatre and is supervising the 2019 Tokyo production.
Broadway credits include An American in Paris, Annie, La Cage aux Folles, Elton John’s Lestat, Spamalot, 42ndStreet, Amour, The Wild Party, On the Town, Once Upon a Mattress (starring Sarah Jessica Parker), How to Succeed…(starring Matthew Broderick), She Loves Me, Taller than a Dwarf (incidental music) and A Class Act.
He was the Music Director of the “Radio City Christmas Spectacular” at the famed Radio City Music Hall for several seasons. As Marvin Hamlisch’s Music Director, Ellison worked with him on Ballroom and The Nutty Professor directed by Jerry Lewis.
For City Center’s Encores! he conducted their acclaimed version of On The Town and The Bandwagon.
Internationally he has conducted at 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, the Pittsburgh Symphony, San Diego Symphony, The Philly Pops, Nashville Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, New Haven, New Jersey and York Symphonies.
He has conducted more than 20 albums including the Grammy Award winning cast albums of his shows. He has accompanied such stars as Beyoncé, Meryl Streep, Mike Nichols, Nicole Kidman, Barry Manilow, Bea Arthur, Jane Lynch, Tracey Ullman and Kelsey Grammer.
Raised on Melody Lane in Essex, Connecticut, Ellison began his piano lessons at age 6 and is a graduate of Boston University School of Music with a degree in piano performance and is proud to be a Steinway Artist.