A New Musical based on ‘The Canterville Ghost’ by Oscar Wilde

Book & Lyrics: Brendan Cull

Music: Todd Ellison

When Walter and his daughter Virginia travel across the Atlantic to inherit an old English country house come hotel, they get more than they bargained for. When they arrive the hotel is empty and the last guests are long gone. All that remains is a handful of shaken staff members and a beautiful but neglected old house, oh and the ghost of course! Despite the ghost’s best efforts to terrorise the new owners he and Virginia becomes fast friends and she helps him to reach his final resting place but will they be able to save The Canterville Hotel?

Todd Ellison

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 Supervisor of the Broadway musical, An American in Paris, 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, Annie, Michel Legrand’s 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 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, Long Beach Symphony, New Haven and York Symphonies. His award winning musical “The Black and White Ball” premiered in Chicago with the FWD Theatre Project in Winter 2015.

He has conducted more than 20 albums including the Grammy Award winning cast albums of his shows. He has accompanied such stars as Meryl Streep, Mike Nichols, Nicole Kidman, Barry Manilow, Tyne Daly, 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.