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 houses at Lincoln Center Theater. In 2005 Mr. Sperling won 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.
Mr. Sperling 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. Mr. Sperling was an original cast member of the Broadway musical Titanic. His 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.
Ted Sperling’s 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 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 musical theater and is the director of the Music Theater Initiative at the Public Theater as well as creative director of 24-Hour Musicals.
Mr. Sperling maintains an active concert career. His performances include two sold-out programs with the New York Philharmonic, Barbara Cook’s 80th Birthday Celebration and the Gala New Year’s Eve Concert with Audra McDonald; The Mikado and The Grapes of Wrath at Carnegie Hall with The Collegiate Chorale; Brooklyn Village with the Brooklyn Philharmonic and Brooklyn Youth Chorus; a Leonard Bernstein tribute for New York City Opera; and concerts with the Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, National Opera Orchestra, Alabama Symphony, and Westchester Philharmonic. Artists with whom he has performed include Audra McDonald, Kelli O’Hara, Nathan Gunn, Deborah Voigt, Paulo Szot, Idina Menzel, Patti LuPone, Victoria Clark, and Michael Bublé. Ted Sperling will conduct the New York Philharmonic at Bravo! Vail in July 2013 for the program Broadway Night with the Philharmonic.