Ted Sperling


One of today's leading theater artists, Ted Sperling is a conductor, music director, arranger, singer, pianist, and violinist. He was music director and conductor of the first Broadway revival of South Pacific, which won seven 2008 Tony Awards and played to sold-out Lincoln Center Theater houses since its opening. Moreover, in 2005, he won the Tony and Drama Desk Awards (with Adam Guettel and Bruce Coughlin) for his orchestrations of The Light in the Piazza, for which he was also music director.

He has an active conducting career, performing with Audra McDonald, Victoria Clark, Patti LuPone, Kelli O'Hara, Paulo Szot, and Deborah Voigt. He has conducted performances regularly with the New York Philharmonic, for Live at Lincoln Center, the American songbook Series at Lincoln Center, the Lyrics and Lyricists series at the 92nd Street Y, and recently conducted to rave reviews the New York Philharmonic with Kelli O'Hara and Nathan Gunn as well as a concert presentation of Ricky Gordon's opera, The Grapes of Wrath, at Carnegie Hall.

He was music director and conductor of the 2009 Tony Award Nominated revival of Guys and Dolls. Other Broadway credits as music director/conductor/pianist include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Full Monty, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Angels in America, My Favorite Year, Falsettos, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Les Misérables, Roza, and Sunday in the Park with George. He was an original cast member of the Broadway musical Titanic. Off-Broadway credits as music director include A Man of No Importance, Wise Guys, A New Brain, Saturn Returns, Floyd Collins, Falsettoland, and Romance in Hard Times.

His work as a stage director includes the world premieres of four musicals: See What I Wanna See, V-Day, Charlotte: Life? Or Theater? and Striking 12, as well as a revival of Lady in the Dark. He has conducted the scores for the films The Manchurian Candidate and Everything Is Illuminated, and directed the short film, Love Mom, starring Tonya Pinkins, which has been shown in five international festivals.

He was a recipient of the 2006 Ted Shen Family Foundation Award for leadership in the musical theater and is the Director of the Music Theater Initiative at the Public Theater, as well as the Creative Director of the 24-Hour Musicals.

April 2012
Ted Sperling