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2014: WHAT A YEAR!!! 

JAN: E.A ROBINSON celebration at Cornelia Street Cafe: World Premiere of Mandel's three new songs to Robinson's poems sung by extraordinary DANIEL NEER!!

MANDEL and JESSICA CRANDALL perform Mandel songs at Andrea Clearfield Salon, Philadelphia

APRIL: DANIEL NEER and ELLEN MANDEL concert at Roe-Jan Library, Hillsdale NY----WONDERFUL!!!!!

APRIL: at Cornelia St Cafe, ELLEN and JESSICA CRANDALL perform Mandel's Shakespeare songs and jam with Sonnet Man rapper Devon Glover!

MAY: SEAMUS HEANEY Celebration at Cornelia St Cafe: ELEANOR TAYLOR sang Mandel settings!!!

AUG-SEPT: A CLOSER WALK WITH PATSY CLINE: was a monster hit AT THE PETERBOROUGH PLAYERS!!! Bridget Beirne as Patsy, and I was musical director/pianist of a great band!!!

Sept 16: WORLD PREMIERE OF HAIKU NYC: my song cycle to Daniel Neer's Haiku!!    

OCT 6: PAMELA BOB at 54 Below sang music of Ellen Mandel and Michael Lydon!!

NOV: KAREN RICH sang my four brand new settings of poems by Charlotte Mew at Cornelia Street Cafe

DEC: ELLEN MANDEL AND THREE SWINGING SIRENS amazing great show at Cornelia Street Cafe. All music by Mandel, trios, duets, lyrics by Glyn Maxwell, WB Yeats, e.e. cummings, and Mandel herself! A SMASH HIT!!!

DEC: UNDER MILK WOOD with songs by Ellen Mandel presented by Phoenix Theatre Ensemble!!! ******************************************************************************************************************************


DON JUAN IN HELL, with music by Ellen Mandel, gets RAVE REVIEW in THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, NYITA BEST REVIVAL!!!! *******************************************************************************************************************************

AWARDS and nominations - January 9, 2020

MANDEL received a Scenie Award for her music for TOP GIRLS at Antaeus 

plus award nominations:  

DEATH OF A SALESMAN,  DRAMA DESK nominee for Best Revival:

Sound design by Ellen Mandel  

NYIT Awards: Music/Sound Design for Phoenix Theater's Don Juan in Hell and Medea 

NH Theatre Awards: Sound design/original music:

Measure for Measure, The Voysey Inheritance and Charley's Aunt,  

Musical Director: Patsy Cline 

more highlights - November 10, 2018





with special guest violinist MELANIE HASKINS!!



Danielle Buonaiuto sang Mandel's HAIKU NYC  at Old Stone House Nov 2018!!! 


THE LITTLE FOXES at the Antaeus Theater in L.A. fall 2018 featured music by Ellen Mandel--Ellen's third collaboration with Cameron Watson and Jeff Gardner


dell'Arte Opera Ensemble commissions new music from Ellen Mandel for their 2019 season!!!  Dell'Arte commissioned Mandel's art song "Le Chat" to a text by Charles Baudelaire in 2016 and in 2017 they commissioned a different Charles Baudelaire "Le Chat" which they premiered in their WILD THINGS recital!!!

BOTH of Ellen's "Le Chat" songs were performed at this recital!!!!  



music by ELLEN MANDEL featured in many rave reviews!!!



Ellen Mandel created wall to wall music and sound for The Gambler for Phoenix Theatre Ensemble!!


Listen on the music page, buy the download on the products page!!


Super soprano LISA FLANAGAN sang SONGS BY ELLEN MANDEL at Cornelia Street Cafe!!  


 SWINGING SIREN SONGS Jessica Crandall and Ellen Mandel rocked a full house at Cornelia St Cafe!!

Peterborough Players (NH) presented PUSS IN BOOTS,

by Kathy Menino, music and lyrics by Ellen Mandel summer 2011!


The Public Theatre of Maine presented The 3 Little Pigs,

by Kathy Menino, music and lyrics by Ellen Mandel in Nov 2010!

2016 HIGHLIGHTS - December 31, 2016

ARTURO UI, one of 2016's Top Ten Theatre Guide shows!!!  

Mandel composed and played the music live, created sound design, did live Foley effects, and even played a couple of roles!!


Ellen Mandel performed with Michael Lydon and Jessica Crandall

at Roe-Jan Community Library April 2016!! a smash success!!

Killer singers Lisa Flanagan and Steven Herring sang Mandel's art songs

at Cornelia Street Cafe in April 2016!!!   FABULOUS!!


SOME 2013 HIGHLIGHTS - May 21, 2014

Mandel's music at CORNELIA ST CAFE!!! ELLEN MANDEL BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION, with Daniel Neer and Jessica Crandall plus actors Paul Hecht and Kim Sykes, THE CAT AND THE MOON, CD release concert and STANLEY KUNITZ celebration with DANIEL NEER, W B YEATS Celebration, with tenor MICHAEL SLATTERY and violinist Urara Mogi!

DANIEL NEER also sang music by ELLEN MANDEL at NEW GALLERY CONCERTS in Boston, Andrea Clearfield Salon in Philly, and Carnegie Concerts in Nyack!!

HENRY V at Ark Rep: music by Ellen Mandel - October 28, 2012

Arkansas Rep's September production of Henry V, directed by Robert Hupp, featured new original music by Ellen Mandel!

PRESENT LAUGHTER summer 2012 - October 28, 2012

FOUR SONGS by ELLEN MANDEL in PRESENT LAUGHTER at the PETERBOROUGH PLAYERS, WERE GREAT HITS!! HILARIOUS SHOW, BRILLIANT CAST, GREAT DIRECTION, FABULOUS MUSIC AND SINGING!!!!!! Ellen performed, arranged, and musical directed Gus Kaikkonen's adaptation of LITTLE MEN, also at the Players.

MUSIC by ELLEN MANDEL in RECENT SHOWS - October 28, 2012

RECENT SHOWS with music by Ellen Mandel: RUTHERFORD AND SON at the Mint Theatre, RUMPLESTILTSKIN and THE TOYMAKER'S APPRENTICE, books by Kathy Menino, music and lyrics by Ellen Mandel at the Wild Project, AGAMEMNON HOME, by Glyn Maxwell, and ART, produced by Phoenix Theatre Ensemble, and SONGS IN THE KEY OF GIGGLES, a program of Ellen's songs for Puss in Boots, Three Pigs, Toymaker's Apprentice, and Little Red.

THOMAS HARDY SONGS by Ellen Mandel - August 28, 2012

THOMAS HARDY Celebration and OGDEN NASH BIRTHDAY BASH at Cornelia St Cafe, with Paul Hecht, Bob Kaliban, Dee Nelson, Sandra Shipley and Paul O'Brien, and Daniel Neer and Jessica Crandall singing new songs by Ellen Mandel to Hardy's and Nash's poems!! FABULOUS EVENINGS! Ellen has written 5 Thomas Hardy settings!


PUSS IN BOOTS, with music and lyrics by Ellen Mandel, book by Kathy Menino, was a smash hit at the Peterborough Players this summer! Artistic director Gus Kaikkonen directed an excellent cast---we added a Supremes-like Greek chorus and a big song and dance number, leading to a vibrant finale filled with counterpoint and fun!

Irish Times interviews Ellen Mandel about Seamus Heaney - October 27, 2010

The Irish Times - Friday, September 3, 2010
What Heaney means to me

Jazz pianist and theatre composer
“There’s one poem at the moment I love, love, love: I set it to music, because it just pulled me right in. It’s from Clearances , and starts: ‘When all the others were away at mass. . .’ He describes a Sunday morning when everybody else is out of the house. He’s there with his mother, peeling potatoes. They sit at a table, doing this work, and kind of dreaming. It’s very, very quiet: there’s just the little ‘plop’ of the peeled potatoes as they drop into the cold water, one by one.
“Then it switches to the parish priest at his mother’s bedside, going hammer and tongs at the prayers for the dying. Some people are listening and some are responding, but the poet goes back in his memory to the two of them peeling potatoes, and the last line is: ‘Never closer the whole rest of our lives.’ In my own life, when my mom was ailing, I would sit with her at her little kitchen table – and then when she really was not able to handle her accounts and bills, her younger brother, my uncle, would sit with me at the table, doing that work for her. I became very close with my uncle because of that, so when I saw that poem I thought of it immediately.”

Mandel and Almond concert - April 18, 2010

Ellen Mandel and Todd Almond gave a sold out concert in Oakland April 18----several world premieres of songs with music by Mandel!! Audience loved it!!

Ellen with lead singer of the Crystals - March 28, 2010

Ellen rocks out on piano with La La Brooks, lead singer of the Crystals, doing And Then He Kissed Me!!

MANDEL SONG IN CONCERT for the RAIN and the CLOUDS - November 23, 2009

MANDEL's song setting of E.E. Cummings' A WIND HAS BLOWN THE RAIN AWAY was sung by Alexandra Seandrou in her concert SONGS FOR THE RAIN AND THE CLOUDS November 22nd, at St. Marks Church in the Bowery. The songs included German Lied, French Melodie, American and Greek Repertoire: Brahms, Schubert, Schumann, Debussy, Faure, Mandel, Lydon, Theodorakis, Kraounakis and Kypourgos.

Brass Butterfly - October 25, 2009

Music by ELLEN MANDEL featured in a reading of THE BRASS BUTTERFLY, Oct 24 at the Wild Project, NYC.

Premieres of new Mandel songs to Wallace Stevens and e.e. cummings - October 24, 2009

Premieres of two new songs by ELLEN MANDEL set to poems by Wallace Stevens and e.e. cummings sung by Pamela Bob Oct 19 at Cornelia Street Cafe, NYC!

SUMMER 2009 - September 20, 2009

ELLEN MANDEL created music for HEARTBREAK HOUSE and ANNE OF GREEN GABLES at the Peterborough Players, and performed her five new Ogden Nash settings at Cornelia Street Cafe in NYC this summer!
Music by ELLEN MANDEL featured in THE BRASS BUTTERFLY at the Wild Project, NYC


Mandel's music at Juilliard a hit! - June 23, 2009

LOVE'S LABOURS LOST, with songs by ELLEN MANDEL,was a hit at the JUILLIARD SCHOOL in May! Ellen composed 10 songs and some instrumental music, and performed as the show pianist. The young actors perform the songs beautifully, in a finely crafted production directed by Gus Kaikkonen.

Mandel Music and Lyrics for PUSS IN BOOTS and LITTLE RED - June 1, 2009

LITTLE RED, by Kathy Menino, MUSIC and LYRICS by ELLEN MANDEL was produced at the Public Theatre of Maine in May, and PUSS IN BOOTS! A musical comedy version of the fable with MUSIC and LYRICS by ELLEN MANDEL, and a witty book by Kathy Menino had a sold-out NYC run FEB 28 to MARCH 14!

PAMELA BOB records MANDEL and LYDON songs - May 17, 2009

Vocalist and actress extraordinaire PAMELA BOB is recording the MANDEL and LYDON SONGBOOK!

NEW CD is out!! - December 6, 2008

Brite Records has released THE FIRST OF ALL MY DREAMS, a new CD of songs by Ellen Mandel to poems by E.E. Cummings, Seamus Heaney, William Butler Yeats, Glyn Maxwell, and others, including some jazz songs with lyrics and music by Mandel.

One of the songs on the CD, "Human Beings Suffer," based on a passage from Seamus Heaney's THE CURE AT TROY is one of the favorite poems of such figures as Bill Clinton and Elizabeth Edwards. It ends with "HOPE" and "BELIEVE"----perfectly in tune with President-Elect Obama's philosophy.

It's great when poetry feels so relevant!

CINDY REILLY a HUGE HIT! - August 23, 2008

CINDY REILLY, a musical version of Cinderella, music by Ellen Mandel, book and lyrics by Kaikkonen and Swartz, was a smash hit at the Peterborough Players (NH): "Cindy Reilly has all the quality of a Broadway musical...a brilliant update of the old classic...THE MUSICAL NUMBERS ARE ASTOUNDING, WITH THE MUSIC WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY ELLEN MANDEL. Claire Philippe's voice is incredible as she sings her opening theme, "To Fly," and closes with "Find Your Own Voice." The song "Front Desk," performed by Philippe and Darnell Benjamin, could have been heard on any Broadway stage. Elizabeth Hallacy, as Mrs Scrubb, sings a hilarious and literally show-stopping symphony of a spell "Alacazabra."...CINDY REILLY IS A HIT.


Ellen Mandel wrote music for this wonderful new story by Daniel Pociernicki, and the two recorded the story with music in April in NYC.

It's the tale of Shimmer, an especially beautiful snowflake, and his adventures as he floats to earth.

Daniel Pociernicki presented THE SNOWFLAKE THAT COULDN'T MELT as a storytelling with music in December in San Francisco.
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