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. Currently music director and conductor of the new Broadway production of Annie, his credits include Monty Python’s Spamalot (Best Musical Tony® Award), La Cage aux Folles (Best Musical Revival Tony® Award), 42nd Street (Best Revival Tony® Award), Elton John’s Lestat, Michel Legrand’s Amour, The Wild Party, On The Town, Once Upon a Mattress (starring Sarah Jessica Parker), How To Succeed in Business without Really Trying (starring Matthew Broderick), She Loves Me, Taller than a Dwarf and A Class Act.
Mr. Ellison 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, Mr. Ellison worked with him on his productions of Ballroom and The Nutty Professor directed by Jerry Lewis. For City Center’s Encores! he conducted their acclaimed version of On The Town and was a guest pianist for No, No, Nanette.
Internationally Mr. Ellison has conducted at the Vienna Konzerthaus with Dawn Upshaw and Jerry Hadley, the Dublin Film Orchestra, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular in Mexico City, the World Science Festival at Lincoln Center and, Cole Porter’s Jubilee at Carnegie Hall. He has conducted over 20 albums including the Grammy® Award-winning cast albums of his shows. He has accompanied such stars as Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Barry Manilow, Tyne Daly, Bea Arthur, David Hyde Pierce, Tim Curry and Kelsey Grammar.
Born in Essex, Connecticut, Todd Ellison began his piano lessons at age six and is a graduate of Boston University School of Music with a degree in Piano Performance.