Currently the Music Director-Designate of The Philly Pops, Todd Ellison 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 is the music supervisor/orchestrator of 42nd Street at the Drury Lane Theatre.
Ellison has been hailed by The New York Times as one of “Broadway’s Electric Conductors” and his Broadway credits include An American in Paris, Annie, La Cage, Elton John’s Lestat, 42nd Street, Amour, The Wild Party, On the Town, Once Upon a Mattress (starring Sarah Jessica Parker), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, She Loves Me, Taller than a Dwarf, 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 on Ballroom and The Nutty Professor, directed by Jerry Lewis. For City Center’s Encores!, he conducted acclaimed versions 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, World Science Festival - Lincoln Center, Cole Porter’s Jubilee at Carnegie Hall, Pittsburgh Symphony, San Diego Symphony, The Philly Pops, Long Beach Symphony, New Haven, New Jersey, and York Symphonies.
He has conducted on more than 20 albums, including the Grammy Award-winning cast albums of his shows. He has accompanied Beyoncé, Meryl Streep, Mike Nichols, Nicole Kidman, Barry Manilow, Bea Arthur, Jane Lynch, Tracey Ullman, and Kelsey Grammar.
Raised on Melody Lane in Essex, Connecticut, Ellison began his piano lessons at age six and is a graduate of Boston University School of Music with a degree in piano performance.