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Mercedes Ellington

Birth Place: New York, NY, USA

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Mercedes Ellington BIO

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

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Mercedes Ellington STAGE CREDITS

Original Broadway Production, 1981
Featured Performer


Sophisticated Lady

Performer (Understudy) [Replacement]

Off-Broadway Production, 1980

Closed on the road, 1976

Original Broadway Production, 1975

Performer (Understudy)

Broadway Revival, 1971
Nanette's Friend

City Center Revival, 1966

Off-Broadway Revival, 1964

City Center Revival, 1963
Ensemble/Other Roles



City Center Revival, 1963

Closed on the road, 1961

Mercedes Ellington Productions

[Philadelphia, PA (Regional), 2005]
[Regional (US), 2005]
[Broadway, 1997]
[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]

Mercedes Ellington Awards and Nominations

Helen Hayes Awards - 2001 - Outstanding Choreography, Resident Production

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Mercedes Ellington Videos

Mercedes Ellington News

Kennedy Center's Ellington 125 Celebrations to Continue in April

The Kennedy Center’s season-long celebration of Ellington 125 culminates this month, leading up to what would have been the American icon and Washington, D.C. native’s 125th birthday on April 29. See programming!

Special Event Celebrating Duke Ellington's 125th Birthday Comes to Symphony Space in May

A celebration of the 125th birthday of jazz great Duke Ellington will take place Monday, May 6 at Symphony Space, Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street in NYC.

Photos: Go Inside Opening Night of AFTER MIDNIGHT at Paper Mill Playhouse

See photos from opening night of After Midnight at Paper Mill Playhouse!

Birdland to Present 14th Annual A SWINGING BIRDLAND CHRISTMAS This Holiday Season

BIRDLAND JAZZ CLUB will present the 14th Annual “A Swinging Birdland Christmas” for five performances from Thursday, December 21 to Monday, December 25 at 5:30 PM.

Actors Theatre Of Indiana Unveils Entertainment Line-up For GREATEST HITS VOLUME 2

Actors Theatre of Indiana presents ATI's Greatest Hits Volume 2, featuring powerful performances and fan favorites from past shows like NUNSENSE, WORKING, CABARET, SWEENEY TODD, GODSPELL, FOREVER PLAID, and MY FAIR LADY.

Karen Akers to Present WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE at Birdland in November

BIRDLAND JAZZ CLUB will present award-winning vocalist Karen Akers, who returns to the venue with the special evening “Water Under the Bridge,” on Monday, November 20 at 7:00 PM.

Birdland Theater Presents An Evening With Celebrated Singer And Tap Dancer AC Lincoln, November 14

BIRDLAND THEATER will present singer and tap dancer AC Lincoln in concert on Tuesday, November 14 at 5:30 PM. 

Suede to Perform at Birdland Theater in November

Join acclaimed pop, jazz, and blues vocalist and instrumentalist SUEDE as she takes the stage at Birdland Theater on November 9th. Accompanied by her longtime pianist Freddie Boyle and bassist Bill Moring, this unforgettable performance is not to be missed. Get your tickets now!

Joshua Bergasse-Directed World Premiere of SUGAR HILL to Play New York City Center

The World Premiere of SUGAR HILL: The Ellington/Strayhorn Nutcracker, the jazz-steeped reimagining of The Nutcracker based on the genre-defying collaboration of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, will debut at New York City Center.

The Gateway's Annual Fundraiser SHAKE THE SHORE To Honor Diane Giattino

The Gateway's Annual Fundraiser, SHAKE THE SHORE, will take place at The Gateway in Bellport on July 29 at 6 PM. The evening will honor Bellport's Diane Giattino and will feature a performance by The Gateway Alum, Nick Sanchez of Broadway's Hamilton, as well as, a special appearance by two-time Olympic Medalist, Nancy Kerrigan – star of The Gateway's Holiday Spectacular on Ice.

Julie Benko, Daniel Reichard, and More to Play Birdland in July

Birdland Jazz Club and Birdland Theater are open this July with a full slate of nightly performances! 

Free Outdoor Event Will Celebrate Duke Ellington and National Tap Dance Day This Month

Duke Ellington will be celebrated on Sunday, May 21 from 2-4pm with the return of a FREE, annual outdoor concert commemorating the jazz great's birthday. This year's event, at the Duke Ellington Statue, 5th Avenue and 110th Street in Manhattan's Harlem neighborhood, will also celebrate National Tap Dance Day, which takes place yearly on May 25, the birthday of tap legend Bill Bojangles Robinson.

First Friday Film Festival Livestream A SALUTE TO THE COPASETICS This Week

The American Tap Dance Foundation's First Friday Film Festival will return on Friday, May 5 from 7-9pm ET, with A Salute to the Copasetics - LIVESTREAMED.

Special Event A NIGHT AT THE ELLINGTON Will Be Presented at The Ellington Restaurant This Month

Tony Waag, Executive Director of The American Tap Dance Foundation, and Mercedes Ellington, CEO/Artistic Director of The Duke Ellington Center for the Arts, announced a special event on Sunday, April 30 honoring the birthday of jazz great Duke Ellington at The Ellington Restaurant, 2745 Broadway (105th St and Broadway) in NYC, 6-9pm.

The American Tap Dance Foundation's INTERNATIONAL TAP DANCE ZOOM FORUM Returns On April 11

The American Tap Dance Foundation’s INTERNATIONAL TAP DANCE ZOOM FORUM will return on Tuesday, April 11 at 10am ET and 9pm ET, with participants from Canada, Brazil, Japan, Australia, Mexico, Germany and Spain joining together to compare notes on the art form’s funding, perception, and programing.

Bloomingdale School Of Music Jazz Department Presents BSM Jazz Fest Celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month

Bloomingdale School of Music presents BSM Jazz Fest, celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month on Saturday, April 22 at 3pm at the David Greer Concert Hall, 323 West 108th Street, NYC.

First Friday Film Festival Continues April 7 With The American Tap Dance Foundation In RHYTHM IN MOTION

The American Tap Dance Foundation's First Friday Film Festival will return on Friday, April 7 from 7-8pm ET, with a livestreamed Rhythm in Motion. Registration and link can be found at Shows & Events. Fee: $5.00.

Photos: Inside the Dancers Over 40 Annual Legacy Awards

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 Hammerstein Award Gala

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

 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. 


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?

Mercedes Ellington has been nominated for Outstanding Choreography, Resident Production at the Helen Hayes Awards for "Play On!".

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