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Mercedes Ellington

 

Birth Place: New York, NY, USA

Bio:
Mercedes Ellington is a tap dancer, choreographer, director, and producer. She is the granddaughter of Duke Ellington. (read complete bio)

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Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1981
Featured Performer
Performer
Sophisticated Lady
Performer (Understudy) [Replacement]
  [Off-Broadway]
Off-Broadway Production, 1980
Performer
  [Broadway]
Closed on the road, 1976
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1975
Performer
Performer (Understudy)
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1971
Nanette's Friend
  [Off-Broadway]
City Center Revival, 1966
Dancer
  [Off-Broadway]
Off-Broadway Revival, 1964
Dancer
  [Broadway]
City Center Revival, 1963
Ensemble/Other Roles
Dancer
Sandra
  [Off-Broadway]
City Center Revival, 1963
Dancer
  [Broadway]
Closed on the road, 1961
Ensemble

Productions

 
[Philadelphia, PA (Regional), 2005]
Choreographer
 
[Regional (US), 2005]
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1997]
Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1986]
Assistant Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1981]
Assistant Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1980]
Assistant Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1979]
Assistant Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 1977]
Assistant to Mr. Saddler
 
[Off-Broadway, 2013]
Choreographer

Mercedes Ellington Biography

Mercedes Ellington is a tap dancer, choreographer, director, and producer. She is the granddaughter of Duke Ellington.

Mercedes Ellington Awards and Nominations

 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2001 - Outstanding Choreography, Resident Production
Mercedes EllingtonPlay On!

Mercedes Ellington News

Photos: Inside the Dancers Over 40 Annual Legacy Awards Photo Photos: Inside the Dancers Over 40 Annual Legacy Awards
by A.A. Cristi - Dec 7, 2022

See photos from inside The 14th Annual Dancers Over 40 Legacy Awards and Holiday Dinner, presented on Monday, December 5, 2022 at Lips Restaurant.

Shoshana Bean, Lilli Cooper, Jared Grimes & Christine Pedi Join Lineup for 30th Oscar Photo Shoshana Bean, Lilli Cooper, Jared Grimes & Christine Pedi Join Lineup for 30th Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 7, 2022

Shoshana Bean, Lilli Cooper, Jared Grimes and Christine Pedi have joined the roster of performers for a concert celebration at the 30th Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala, which will honor musical theater legend Leslie Uggams with the 2022 Oscar Hammerstein Award for Outstanding Achievement in Musical Theater, which will be presented by Dionne Warwick. 

Mercedes Ellington joins New York Choral Society's Sacred Concerts Photo Mercedes Ellington joins New York Choral Society's Sacred Concerts
by Stephi Wild - Nov 4, 2022

 The New York Choral Society, New York’s pioneering symphonic chorus that explores unique collaboration and dynamic repertory, announced earlier today the addition of Mercedes Ellington to the cast of Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts, November 18 and 19 at the Tishman Auditorium at The New School. 

American Tap Dance Foundation Film Series Continues With TAP ELLINGTON Next Week Photo American Tap Dance Foundation Film Series Continues With TAP ELLINGTON Next Week
by Stephi Wild - Oct 27, 2022

The second installment of the American Tap Dance Foundation's First Friday Film Festival, Tap Ellington, will take place on Friday, November 4 at 8pm, in-studio at The American Tap Dance Center, 154 Christopher Street #2, and live streamed.

Broadway Inspirational Voices, Dionne Warwick & More to Join 2022 Oscar Hammerstein A Photo Broadway Inspirational Voices, Dionne Warwick & More to Join 2022 Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 26, 2022

The York Theatre Company has announced the roster of performers for a concert celebration at the 30th Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala, which will take place on Monday evening, November 14, 2022 at The Edison Rooftop.

World Premiere of SUGAR HILL THE ELLINGTON/STRAYHORN NUTCRACKER to Debut in Pittsburg Photo World Premiere of SUGAR HILL THE ELLINGTON/STRAYHORN NUTCRACKER to Debut in Pittsburgh and New York City
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 20, 2022

The World Premiere of SUGAR HILL The Ellington/Strayhorn Nutcracker, the reimagining of The Nutcracker based on the collaboration of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, will debut at Pittsburgh’s Benedum Center for the Performing Arts from October 19-30, 2022. The production will follow with a run at New York City Center from November 15-27, 2022.

MAURICE HINES: BRING THEM BACK Documentary to Premiere on STARZ Photo MAURICE HINES: BRING THEM BACK Documentary to Premiere on STARZ
by Michael Major - Jan 31, 2022

In the new documentary, Maurice and friends‚ÄĒChita Rivera, Mercedes Ellington and Debbie Allen‚ÄĒtell tales from his lengthy career, including Broadway shows, a co-starring role in Francis Ford Coppola‚Äôs THE COTTON CLUB and his loving yet complex relationship with his superstar brother, the late Gregory Hines.

MAURICE HINES: BRING THEM BACK to Premiere on STARZ in February 2022 Photo MAURICE HINES: BRING THEM BACK to Premiere on STARZ in February 2022
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 27, 2022

In celebration of Black History Month, MAURICE HINES: BRING THEM BACK will make its U.S. broadcast and streaming premiere on STARZ and the STARZ App in February 2022 and run on the network through 2023.

Photos: Inside The 13th Annual DANCERS OVER 40 Legacy Awards Photo Photos: Inside The 13th Annual DANCERS OVER 40 Legacy Awards
by A.A. Cristi - Dec 9, 2021

Dancers Over 40 returned to 'live' events this Fall with the 13th Annual Legacy Awards and Holiday Dinner on Monday, December 6, 2021.

Dancers Over 40 Announces 13th Annual Legacy Awards and Holiday Dinner Photo Dancers Over 40 Announces 13th Annual Legacy Awards and Holiday Dinner
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 22, 2021

Dancers Over 40 will return to 'live' events this Fall with the 13th Annual Legacy Awards and Holiday Dinner Monday, December 6, 2021. This celebration honoring their very own members Mercedes Ellington, Mary McCatty, Sue Samuels, Susan Sigrist and Tony Waag will be held at LIPS Restaurant, 227 East 56th Street 6 - 9pm.

Mercedes Ellington Videos

STAGE TUBE: AFTER MIDNIGHT Visits Duke Ellington's Grave in Honor of the 40th Anniversary of His Death
by Stage Tube - May 25, 2014

Musicians from the Jazz at Lincoln Center All-Stars band, currently in the 7-time Tony-nominated Broadway musical After Midnight, visited Duke Ellington's grave at Woodlawn cemetery, where a crowd gathered to honor his legacy on the 40th year anniversary of his death. They played MOOD INDIGO, and Mercedes Ellington (Duke's granddaughter) placed a wreath at the gravesite. They finished with a triumphant Ellington classic, TAKE THE A TRAIN.

STAGE TUBE: SOPHISTICATED LADIES At Arena Stage
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 21, 2010

Big band sound transforms the Lincoln Theatre into a Duke Ellington jazz club as Arena Stage presents Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies, choreographed by and starring Maurice Hines (Broadway's Sophisticated Ladies and Uptown... It's Hot!) with direction by Charles Randolph-Wright (Arena's Guys and Dolls and Blue).


Mercedes Ellington Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Mercedes Ellington been in?
Mercedes Ellington has appeared on Broadway in 6 shows.

How many West End shows has Mercedes Ellington been in?
Mercedes Ellington has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Mercedes Ellington been nominated for?
Outstanding Choreography, Resident Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for Play On! .