The Philly POPS: Best of Broadway

Best of Broadway

Todd Ellison, Conductor

Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center for Performing Arts

300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Mar 9-11, 2018
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Debbie Gravitte, vocalist

Susan Egan, vocalist

Christopher Seiber, vocalist

Three of Broadway’s most celebrated stars join The Philly POPS and conductor Todd Ellison — hailed by The New York Times as one of “Broadway’s electric conductors” — to showcase the finest in show tunes. Each piece has been chosen because of its personal connection to Ellison and his illustrious career.  Don’t miss hits from Beauty and the Beast, My Fair Lady, CatsWicked, “A Chorus Line Medley”, “The Disney Heroine Medley”, and more! With two dozen Broadway shows under their collective belts, vocalists Debbie Gravitte, Susan Egan, and Christopher Seiber are the perfect trio to bring the best of Broadway to life on the POPS stage.  

Helpful Information

This program, including intermission, is approximately two hours in length. Artists and program are subject to change without notice.

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Guest Artists

Todd Ellison, conductor


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 Porter’s 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 Beyoncé, 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.

Debbie Gravitte, vocalist


One of Broadway’s biggest personalities, Debbie Gravitte received the Tony Award for her critically acclaimed performance in Jerome Robbins Broadway, along with the New York Showstopper Award and a Drama Desk Award nomination. She made her Broadway debut in the original cast of They’re Playing Our Song, and went on to appear in: Blues In The Night, Perfectly Frank (Drama Desk Award Nomination), Zorba, Ain’t Broadway Grand?, Chicago and Les Miserables.

Debbie appeared in London in Jerry Herman’s Mack and Mabel at the Drury Lane Theatre. She’s also been seen in the New York City Encores! productions of The Boys From Syracuse, Tenderloin, and Carnival at New York’s City Center. Debbie has performed her nightclub act worldwide, from New York’s Rainbow and Stars, to London’s Pizza On The Park. In Atlantic City, she’s had the honor to open for George Burns and Jay Leno.

Debbie has sung with over 100 orchestras worldwide, including National Symphony with Marvin Hamlisch, Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Pops, Cleveland Pops, the Philly POPS, Pittsburgh Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, San Diego Symphony, St. Louis Symphony,  and Houston Symphony. Overseas, she’s appeared with the London Symphony, Aalborg Symphony, Birmingham Symphony, Stockholm Philharmonic, Gotesborg Symphony, Jerusalem Symphony, The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, National Syphonica of Brazil, Munich Philharmonic, along with a special performance in Beijing with Lang Lang and the Chinese Philharmonic. Debbie is featured on many recordings including her 3 solo CDs: Defying Gravity, The Alan Menken Album, and The MGM Album.

She’s appeared on film in Isn’t She Great and The Little Mermaid, and on television in Trial and Error (CBS), Pursuit of Happiness (NBC), numerous PBS Specials including Broadway Plays Washington, Ira Gershwin’s 100th Birthday Live from Carnegie Hall, and In Concert with the Boston Pops. Debbie was featured in the Peter Martin’s ballet Thou Swell with the NYC Ballet.

Susan Egan, vocalist


Susan Egan has traversed all four corners of the entertainment industry, making powerful impressions in theater, film, television and music.

On Broadway, Susan starred in the title role of Thoroughly Modern Millie, won critical acclaim as Broadway’s longest-running ‘Sally Bowles’ in Cabaret, originated the leading roles in Triumph of Love and State Fair, and most notably, received both Tony Award® and Drama Desk® nominations for “Best Actress” as the original ‘Belle’ in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

Regionally, Egan starred alongside Carol Burnett in Sondheim’s Putting It Together, Tommy Tune in the national tour of Bye, Bye Birdie, and created works at Yale Repertory, Baltimore Center Stage, South Coast Repertory, and the Mark Taper Forum.

Susan’s film credits include 13 Going on 30Gotta Kick It Up for the Disney Channel, and many award-winning independent films such as: Meet Market (Sarasota Film Festival), Death and Texas (Seattle Film Festival and Slamdance Film Festival), The Almost Guys (HBO Comedy Festival), The Disappearing Girl TrickFalling. In LoveExtreme Close Up, and Man of the Century (Audience Award, Slamdance).

In animation, Egan gave voice to the sultry ‘Meg’ in Disney’s Hercules, sang ‘Angel’ in Lady and the Tramp II, and translated two Japanese blockbusters into English for director Hayao Miyazaki: ‘Gina’ in Porco Rosso, and ‘Lin’ in Spirited Away, which won an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. She spent 6 years as the voice of ‘Belle’ for myriad Disney Princess CDs and toys, and most recently voiced the character of ‘Ginny’ in Achmed Saves America, starring comic Jeff Dunham, and currently recurs as ‘Rose Quartz’ on Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe.

On television, Egan spent two seasons on the WB’s Nikki, and has guest-starred on HOUSE, NUMB3RS, NYPD Blue, Arliss, Party of Five, Drew Carey, Almost Perfect, Partners, All My Children, LovingPBS Great Performances, and several pilots, movies of the week and specials for ABC, CBS, and the Disney Channel.

As a solo artist, Susan has taken her critically-acclaimed concert to over 400 cities coast to coast and on the high seas with the Disney Cruise Line. She has also headlined with many world-renowned symphonies, including the National Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony, the Philly POPS, and more than 40 others.

Susan has over 40 recording credits from Broadway cast albums to film soundtracks and seven solo CDs.

Christopher Sieber, vocalist


Christopher Sieber received Tony Award nominations for his performances as Sir Galahad in Spamalot and Lord Farquaad in Shrek the Musical. His other Broadway credits include the revivals of La Cage aux Folles, Into the Woods and Chicago as well as Thoroughly Modern Millie, Triumph of Love and Beauty and the Beast. On screen, he is known for playing Dad to the Olsen twins on Two of a Kind.

Three of Broadway’s most celebrated stars join The Philly POPS and conductor Todd Ellison — hailed by The New York Times as one of “Broadway’s electric conductors” — to showcase the finest in show tunes.