Todd Ellison Brings “Broadway Romance” To State Theatre

NEW BRUNSWICK—State Theatre will present Broadway Romance featuring Broadway singers Klea Blackhurst, Peter Lockyer, Elena Shaddow, and Keith Spencer on Sunday, Oct. 6, at 3 p.m. Featuring Broadway singers, a 3-piece band, and Music Director Todd Ellison, Broadway Romance is part of a 3-part collaborative Broadway in Concert series, presented by State Theatre and Todd Ellison. The Broadway in Concert series is sponsored by Investors Bank. Tickets range from $25-50.

The Broadway Romance program will include songs from Phantom of the Opera, Man of La Mancha, South Pacific, and more. Featured Broadway singers include Klea Blackhurst (Hello Dolly, The Nutty Professor), Peter Lockyer (Les Misérables, Miss Saigon), Elena Shaddow (The Bridges of Madison County, La Cage Aux Folles), and Keith Spencer (A Connecticut Yankee, A Little Night Music).

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 Music Director and Conductor of the new Broadway production of Annie, 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, Michel Legrand’s Amour, The Wild Party, On The Town, Once Upon a Mattress (starring Sarah Jessica Parker), and How To Succeed (starring Matthew Broderick).

Klea Blackhurst

Klea Blackhurst recently starred in The Goodspeed Opera’s 50 Anniversary production of Hello, Dolly!. She created the role of Miss Lemon in the musical The Nutty Professor. Theatre credits include: NY- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Bingo, By Jupiter; Regional – Call Me Madam, Chicago, Anything Goes, and the 2012 critically acclaimed Drury Lane production of Gypsy in Chicago. Her TV/radio credits include Onion News Network, L&O: SVU, Sesame Street, A Prairie Home Companion.

Peter Lockyer

Peter Lockyer debuted on Broadway in the Dutch production of Cyrano the Musical. He recently played Jean Valjean in the 25th Anniversary tour of Les Misérables. His other credits include Chris in Miss Saigon, both on Broadway and in the first national tour, and Marius in the 10th Anniversary production of Les Misérables on Broadway and in Les Misérables’ China premiere. He was featured in a revival of South Pacific, and was a cast member of Broadway’s The Phantom of the Opera. On TV, Lockyer played Yonkers in the CBS telefilm Gypsy.

Elena Shaddow

Elena Shaddow most recent credits include Francesca Johnson in The Bridges of Madison County and Anne Dindon in the Broadway revival of La Cage Aux Folles. Her past Broadway productions include The Woman in White, Fiddler on the Roof, Nine, Sweet Smell of Success, and Les Misérables. Other credits include Clara Johnson in the first national tour of The Light in the Piazza, Maria in The Sound of Music, Olivia in Twelfth Night, and Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest.

Keith Spencer

Keith Spencer’s musical theater credits include A Little Night Music, Kiss Me Kate, The Sound of Music, Carousel, The Music Man, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He has appeared on Broadway in A Connecticut Yankee and Broadway Bash. He has also recorded voiceovers for television and radio, including SpongeBob SquarePants.

The media sponsor for the Broadway in Concert series is The Star-Ledger. For tickets or more information, call the State Theatre ticket office at 732-246-SHOW (7469), or visit Some additional ticket and transaction fees may apply.

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