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Thommie Walsh Passes Away at 57

Thommie Walsh Passes Away at 57 has confirmed the sad news that the beloved performer, director and choreographer Thommie Walsh passed away this morning at his home after a long battle with cancer. He will be sorely missed by all of those that have had the pleasure of working with and knowing him over his long career. 

A favorite of as well, he was instrumental in helping put the site in touch with past A Chorus Line "Cassie's" for our "My Inner Cassie" feature as one of the show's unofficial historians.

Mr. Walsh's journey began at age five when he was enrolled at the Irma Baker School of Dance. By 1975, he was creating the role of Bobby in the original Broadway production of A Chorus Line. He later co-wrote a book about the musical published by William Morrow entitled On the Line, chronicling its early beginnings. 

His success on Broadway continued as choreographer for The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas followed by The 1940's Radio Hour, Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? Nine, Lunch Hour, and My Favorite Year. He received the Tony and Drama Desk Awards for his choreography in A Day in Hollywood/ A Night in The Ukraine and My One and Only for which he also received a Tony Award nomination for best direction. He went on to direct Lucky Stiff off- Broadway, Always (West End debut), A Broadway Baby at Goodspeed Opera House and he has directed and staged musical numbers for Chita Rivera, Sandy Duncan, Mitzi Gaynor, Donna McKechnie, Whoppi Goldberg, Lorna Luft, Priscilla Lopez, Joel Grey and Barbara Cook. Most recently Mr. Walsh directed an choreographed the national tour of Whorehouse starring Ann-Margret and Gary Sandy.

Photo: Thommie Walsh with Donna McKechnie, photo by Linda Lenzi

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