Hailed by The New York Times as one of “Broadway’s Electric Conductors,” Ellison is one of the most accomplished and sought after music director/composers working today.
Currently the Music Supervisor/Conductor/arranger of the new Broadway bound musical Roman Holiday, he is also the composer of the award winning new musical The Black and White Ball with Stephen Cole, as well as The Canterville Hotel with Brendan Cull. He also composed the songs “The Long Way” for Emily Skinner, and “Gettin’ Nowhere Fast” for Guy Haines.
He is currently the Music Supervisor of An American in Paris at the Dominion Theater in London’s West End , as well as 42nd Street at the Drury Lane Theater.
His Broadway credits include Michel Legrand’s Amour, 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, Annie, 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 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 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 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 at 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 Beyonce´, Meryl Streep, Mike Nichols, Nicole Kidman, Barry Manilow, Jane Lynch, Bea Arthur, David Hyde Pierce, Tracey Ullman and Kelsey Grammar.
Born 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.
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Stephen Cole is an award-winning musical theatre writer whose shows have been recorded, published, and produced from New York City to London to the Middle East and Edinburgh, Scotland. Stephen's 13 produced musicals include: After the Fair, The Night of The Hunter , Saturday Night at Grossinger's, Casper (Chita Rivera), Dodsworth (Dee Hoty and Hal Linden) and The Road to Qatar!
In 2014, Cole wrote and directed Inventing Mary Martin, which played Off-Broadway starring Emily Skinner, Jason Graae, Lynne Halliday and Cameron Adams. Other produced shows include two family musicals commissioned by Walden Media: Merlin's Apprentice (Music by Matthew Ward) and Rock Odyssey (Music and Lyrics by Billy Straus). Rock Odyssey has been annually produced the last ten years at the Arscht Center in Miami. Stephen's musical Merman's Apprentice (Music by David Evans) had several sold out concert performances at NYC's famed Birdland and has a highly praised cast album on Jay Records.
Stephen is also a published author with four books to his credit including THAT BOOK ABOUT THAT GIRL and I COULD HAVE SUNG ALL NIGHT, the autobiography of the late Marni Nixon, Noel Coward and Charles Strouse's memoir PUT ON A HAPPY FACE.In addition, Cole has written special material for Marlo Thomas, Phil Donahue, Liz Smith, Liza Minnelli, Michelle Lee, and Bernadette Peters to name a few.
Stephen is honored to be the winner of the prestigious Edward Kleban Award. Award for his musical The Night of the Hunter, written with the late composer, Claibe Richardson.
His current works in progress are The Black and White Ball (Music by Todd Ellison) and Goin' Hollywood (Music by David Krane).