Christmas In The City 2 | The Philly Pops

Christmas In The City 2

Todd Ellison, Conductor

Parx Casino, Xcite Center

2999 Street Rd.
Bensalem, PA 19020
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20 December 2019
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Fri, Dec 20, 2019
You Must Be 21 Or Older For This Performance

Charl Brown, vocalist

Tiffany Jones, vocalist

The Philly POPS BIG Band

Last year’s hit Christmas in the City show reprises at the Xcite Center with an all-new set of shimmering BIG Band Christmas hits! Christmas in the City 2 features Charl Brown, GRAMMY-nominated vocalist from Motown The Musical, alongside frequent POPS collaborator and hometown talent Tiffany Jones — all backed by the unforgettable swing of The Philly POPS BIG Band, featuring POPS Principal Trumpet Matt Gallagher. Todd Ellison, Philly POPS Music Director, conducts.

Guest Artists

Charl Brown, vocalist


Charl originated the role of Smokey Robinson in Motown: The Musical, garnering a nomination for a 2013 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical on Broadway. He is also featured on the Motown Grammy Nominated Original Broadway Cast recording, and recently returned from 6 months in London’s West End reprising his Smokey Robinson role. In 2014 Charl worked with legendary composer Steven Schwartz playing the role of Adam/Noah in Children of Eden at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.. Other credits include Jersey Boys on Broadway and Las Vegas, Sister Act on Broadway, Hair in Europe, Ever AfterJohnny BaseballDreamgirlsSix Degrees of SeparationJesus Christ SuperstarA Chorus Line, and Star Wars Trilogy in 30 Minutes at Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Charl has also appeared on television on Madam SecretaryBritain's Got TalentAmerica's Got Talent, Macy's 85th & 87th Thanksgiving Parade, 63rd Annual Tony Awards, and A Capitol 4th. He is a proud Graduate of the University of Southern California School of Theater.

Tiffany Jones, vocalist


Called an “A-list performer” (​Philadelphia City Paper​) and a “rising star” (​Philadelphia Daily News)​ , Philadelphia jazz-soul vocalist and performer Tiffany Jones has been lauded for the “soul and sincerity behind her voice.”

The color of her voice and the melodies of her original compositions are drenched in soul with jazz inflections, while her honest, heartfelt lyrics touch listeners with a message of love, joy, peace and healing.

Jones moved to Philadelphia to attend Temple University, earning a bachelor's degree in music with a concentration in jazz vocal performance. She received a master's degree in music education from the University of the Arts. For 6 years, Jones served as a K-12 music teacher at a Charter school in SouthWest Philadelphia. She currently serves on the voice faculty of the University of the Arts.

Tiffany has performed in venues across Philadelphia, and has worked with local artists such as Dexter Wansel, Donald Robinson, Tim Warfield, and Orrin Evans. She is a featured vocalist with The Philly POPS Orchestra and The Philly POPS Big Band.

In April 2011, Jones appeared in the ​PBS​ special “Malt Shop Memories” as a background vocalist for Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell and other artists at Caesar’s Casino. She performed background vocals on tour for gospel singer and musician Jeff Majors and on his album “Sacred 4 You” (2002), which reached #13 on ​Billboard​’s Top Gospel Albums chart and #67 onBillboard​’s R&B Albums chart for 2002. Her original composition, “I Come to Thee” is featured on the album “Kaleidoscope” (2007) by jazz trumpeter Sean Jones and was sung by gospel artist Kim Burrell.

In April 2016, Jones released her EP entitled ​Him.​ This record marks her second recording; her debut album, entitled “Reincarnation,” was released in 2002.

Todd Ellison, Music Director


Hailed by The New York Times as one of “Broadway’s Electric Conductors,” Ellison is one of the most accomplished and sought-after music director/composers working today.

Currently the Music Supervisor/Conductor/arranger of the new Broadway-bound musical Roman Holiday, he is also the composer of the award-winning new musical The Black and White Ball with Stephen Cole, as well as The Canterville Hotel with Brendan Cull. He also composed the songs “The Long Way” for Emily Skinner, and “Gettin’ Nowhere Fast” for Guy Haines.

He is currently the Music Supervisor of An American in Paris at the Dominion Theater in London’s West End, as well as 42nd Street at the Drury Lane Theater.

His Broadway credits include Michel Legrand’s Amour, 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, Annie, The Wild Party, On the Town, Once Upon a Mattress (starring Sarah Jessica Parker), How To Succeed (starring Matthew Broderick), She Loves Me, Taller than a Dwarf and A Class Act.

He was the music director of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular at the famed Radio City Music Hall for several seasons.

As Marvin Hamlisch’s music director, Ellison worked with him on his productions of Ballroom and The Nutty Professor directed by Jerry Lewis.

For City Center’s Encores!, he conducted their acclaimed version of On The Town and The Bandwagon.

Internationally, he has conducted at the Vienna Konzerthaus with Dawn Upshaw and Jerry Hadley, The Dublin Film Orchestra, Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Mexico City), World Science Festival at Lincoln Center, Cole Porter’s Jubilee at Carnegie Hall, the Pittsburgh Symphony, San Diego Symphony, The Philly POPS, Nashville Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, New Haven, New Jersey, and York Symphonies.

He has conducted more than 20 albums including the Grammy Award-winning cast albums of his shows. He has accompanied such stars as Beyoncé, Meryl Streep, Mike Nichols, Nicole Kidman, Barry Manilow, Jane Lynch, Bea Arthur, David Hyde Pierce, Tracey Ullman, and Kelsey Grammar.

Born in Essex, Connecticut, Ellison began his piano lessons at age 6 and is a graduate of Boston University School of Music with a degree in piano performance.

The Philly POPS BIG Band


The Philly POPS BIG Band performs throughout the Philadelphia region. Composed of 18-20 musicians – five saxophones, five trumpets, four trombones, a drum set, a piano, a guitar, and bass – the BIG Band plays swing, ragtime and jazz in the style of the Count Basie Orchestra and Harry James Band while expanding its repertoire into all kinds of popular music from Latin to funk and rock. The Philly POPS BIG Band members were chosen for their passion for popular music. Each is also a teaching artist, adept at instructing the next generation of musicians.