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George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Presents Todd Ellison and Friends “The Romance of Broadway” Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015 at 4 p.m.

January 21, 2015
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George Mason University’s Center for the Arts


Todd Ellison and Friends

“The Romance of Broadway”

Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015 at 4 p.m.


FAIRFAX, Va., Jan. 21, 2015 – George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax celebrates Valentine’s Day with pianist Todd Ellison and Friends who perform an evening of Broadway’s most romantic love songs in “The Romance of Broadway” on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015 at 4 p.m. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III, and is sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

 “The Romance of Broadway” features Ellison performing beloved gems and love songs from “Showboat,” “West Side Story,” “The Music Man,” “South Pacific,” “Hello Dolly,” “Candide,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and much more. Joining Ellison onstage are a group of musical theater veterans who have performed on and off-Broadway and in prestigious venues throughout the United States and abroad, including Christopher Sanders, Katherine Guthrie, Klea Blackhurst and Ross Lekites.

A music director of international renown, Todd Ellison conducts for Broadway shows, musical productions and performance orchestras. Noted as one of “Broadway’s electric conductors” by The New York Times, Ellison’s distinguished music direction on Broadway spans the revival of “Annie,” the Tony Award-winning revival of “La Cage aux Folles,” the Tony Award-winning “Spamalot,” “Once Upon a Mattress” (with Sarah Jessica Parker), “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” (with Matthew Broderick) and much more. Ellison has also directed productions for Marvin Hamlisch and the “Radio City Christmas Spectacular.” He has conducted on over 20 albums, including several Grammy Award-winning cast recordings. Ellison has also worked with the likes of Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Barry Manilow, Bea Arthur, Tim Curry and Kelsey Grammer, among others. A graduate of the Boston University School of Music, Ellison studied piano performance.


Please Note: Todd Ellison and Friends also perform “Classic Broadway” at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 4 p.m. For more information about this performance, please visit



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Tickets for TODD ELLISON’S “THE ROMANCE OF BROADWAY” concert are $46, $39 and $28. Youth Discount: tickets are half price for youth through grade 12. Visit the ticket office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit The Center for the Arts complex is located on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the Mason Pond Parking Deck adjacent the Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university Lot K. For more information, please visit Like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @GMU_CFA.




About Great Performances at Mason

Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance, Art and Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.


About George Mason University

George Mason University is Virginia’s largest public research university. Located near Washington, D.C., Mason enrolls more than 33,000 students from 130 countries and all 50 states. Mason has grown rapidly over the past half-century and is recognized for its innovation and entrepreneurship, remarkable diversity and commitment to accessibility. Mason is also one of the best values in higher education, producing graduates who lead all Virginia schools with the highest annual salaries.