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Thommie Retter

 
Bio:
In 2008, Thommie made the move from Los Angeles to New York to make his Broadway debut originating the character of Mr. Braithwaite in Billy Elliot The Musical. He was cast after being discovered at Debbie Reynolds Studio doing what he loves, teaching dance. He so impressed Lee Proud, the ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
In 2008, Thommie made the move from Los Angeles to New York to make his Broadway debut originating the character of Mr. Braithwaite in Billy Elliot The Musical. He was cast after being discovered at Debbie Reynolds Studio doing what he loves, teaching dance. He so impressed Lee Proud, the ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2008
Mr. Braithwaite
Ensemble

Photos

Thommie Retter, Victoria Csatay, Marquise Neal and Bella Retter Photo

Thommie Retter, Victoria Csatay, Marquise Neal and Bella Retter

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Date:
09/13/2021
Becca Retter, Liza Retter, Bella Retter and Thommie Retter Photo

Becca Retter, Liza Retter, Bella Retter and Thommie Retter

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Date:
09/13/2021
Victoria Csatay and Thommie Retter Photo

Victoria Csatay and Thommie Retter

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Date:
09/13/2021
Erich Schutt, Alex Drier, Isabel Wilson, Bella Retter, Julian DeLoeon, Arielle Gieg,  Photo

Erich Schutt, Alex Drier, Isabel Wilson, Bella Retter, Julian DeLoeon, Arielle Gieg, Nick Valle, William Colin, Thommie Retter, Gianna Paolantonio, Isabelly Reis, Emily Yi, Julia Lipsztein, Cordelia Comando, Taylor Baribell and Jack Richman

From: 
Date:
09/15/2019

 

Stage

Performances
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2008
Mr. Braithwaite

Ensemble

Thommie Retter Biography


In 2008, Thommie made the move from Los Angeles to New York to make his Broadway debut originating the character of Mr. Braithwaite in Billy Elliot The Musical. He was cast after being discovered at Debbie Reynolds Studio doing what he loves, teaching dance. He so impressed Lee Proud, the resident choreographer of the London production of Billy Elliot The Musical, that he approached him to audition. The rest is history!

In addition to his Broadway experience, he is a successful teacher and choreographer. Thommie has choreographed for the hit Disney series Cory In The House and was a featured performer on an Emmy-nominated episode of Malcolm in the Middle. Thommie has been featured in the national publications The Wall Street Journal, Dance Spirit, Dance.com, Dancer Magazine, Dance Teacher, and Dance Biz. He directed and choreographed the live, all tap show, Caution: Men at Work-TAP, which had a 40 city international tour.

Thommie has enjoyed success working with a variety of dance organizations including Dance Makers Inc, Tremaine Dance Conventions, Dance Masters of America, Dupree Dance Expo, MusicWorks Teacher Training Seminars, Al Gilbert Teacher Training Seminars and countless independent schools across the United States. Internationally, he teaches dance and theater throughout Canada, as well as El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico and Japan.

Before leaving his hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan, he taught twelve semesters of tap for the accredited dance program at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. He has choreographed for Pepsi International on their World Cup advertising campaign and has performed in industrial shows for Compaq, Schick and GM.

Thommie is also involved in the music industry, having ownership in Moho Productions, LLC, a music production company specializing in young artist development. He is a songwriter to Ashley Argota from Nickelodeon’s True Jackson VP and Bucket and Skinners Epic Adventures, as well as a list of talented up and coming recording artists. He has a loving wife, Becca and beautiful daughters Liza and Bella and they reside in New York City.

Thommie has a keen sense for locating the finest talent available, a heart overflowing with joy and a passion for the entertainment business like no other.





Thommie Retter News

Photos: ROCKERS ON BROADWAY Celebrates Album Release with Constantine Maroulis, Gerar Photo Photos: ROCKERS ON BROADWAY Celebrates Album Release with Constantine Maroulis, Gerard Canonico, and More
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 6, 2022

Go inside the release party for Rockers On Broadway: Live (Vol. 1)! On hand to celebrate the album release were notable names like Constantine Maroulis, Gerard Canonico, and more!  

Photos: THIS IS THE TIME Benefit Concert at Green Room 42 Photo Photos: THIS IS THE TIME Benefit Concert at Green Room 42
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Sep 13, 2021

Having been a part of the annual Rockers On Broadway concert series, Amanda Swickle (Annie National Tour) was inspired to create an 'all kids' Rockers-type event to support the arts community. She approached the The PATH Fund, Inc. team who hopped on board thrilled at the opportunity to mentor and work with these amazing young artists from around the country.

Photo Coverage: Savion Glover Premieres S.G Chorus
and Reaches a Worldwide Audience  Photo Photo Coverage: Savion Glover Premieres S.G Chorus and Reaches a Worldwide Audience Through Retter Entertainment
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Sep 20, 2020

Although Covid-19 has impacted the arts in myriad negative ways, no one can deny the unexpected innovative opportunities for learning it has also created. Through Zoom, dancers can now train with teachers they only ever dreamed of working with previously! 

Photo Coverage: Better Entertainment Hosts Ballet Paraisopolis Photo Photo Coverage: Better Entertainment Hosts Ballet Paraisopolis
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Sep 16, 2019

The young dancers from the Brazilia company Ballet Paraisopolis met with young Broadway actors and participate in a tap and Broadway dance workshop with Thommie Retter, (Billy Elliot).

Summer Flashback: BILLY ELLIOT Opens on Broadway! Photo Summer Flashback: BILLY ELLIOT Opens on Broadway!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 12, 2019

We're feeling electricity because we're looking back at the 2009 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, Billy Elliot! Take a look at the show's opening night at Broadway's Imperial Theatre with the show's stars David Alvarez, Gregory Jbara, Santino Fontana, and more! Be sure to check out all the footage!

Teens Lead The Way In FINDING MY SPOTLIGHT Photo Teens Lead The Way In FINDING MY SPOTLIGHT
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 18, 2019

Aspiring young actors gather at a deserted NYC theater during the decade's worst blizzard for their chance to audition for a reportedly Broadway­-bound musical. Stranded and awaiting the delayed Director, their fears, fantasies and futures are revealed, turning the dog­-eat­-dog young competitors into an unlikely band of brothers and sisters, aka the theater community.

Mountains Theater Intensive Camp To Host Open House Photo Mountains Theater Intensive Camp To Host Open House
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 20, 2018

Join Us for The Broadway in the Mountains Theater Intensive Camp's FREE Open House/Cabaret, Saturday,  Dec 1   4PM -7 PM at NYC's Premiere Michiko Studios in the heart of the Theater District at 149 W. 46th Street, 3rd Floor.

Photo Coverage: On the Red Carpet for ROCKERS ON BROADWAY Photo Photo Coverage: On the Red Carpet for ROCKERS ON BROADWAY
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Nov 15, 2017

ROCKERS ON BROADWAY, the original Broadway rock concert series, a fun unique charity event, featuring Broadway's best rockin' out with a live band. Proceeds to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and non-profit performing arts education programs. Check out photos from the red carpet below!

Photo Coverage: Curtain Call with the Cast of THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING  Photo Photo Coverage: Curtain Call with the Cast of THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Nov 12, 2017

Producer Thommie Retter and Director/Choreographer Ann Cooley bring together a team of 21 teen actors for a production of 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.' BroadwayWorld caught the company's opening night bows, check out the photos below!

Photo Coverage: Rehearsal Night for THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE Photo Photo Coverage: Rehearsal Night for THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Nov 11, 2017

Producer Thommie Retter (Billy Elliot The Musical) and Director/Choreographer Ann Cooley (Victor/Victoria (Nat.Tour), The Producers (Nat. Tour), The Will Rogers Follies, ) bring together a team of 21 teen actors for a production of 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,' with additional contributions from writer Anthony Giunta's ('Contest', the movie). BroadwayWorld has an inside look at their rehearsal, check out the photos below!

Thommie Retter Videos

Summer Flashback: BILLY ELLIOT Opens on Broadway! VideoSummer Flashback: BILLY ELLIOT Opens on Broadway!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 12, 2019

We're feeling electricity because we're looking back at the 2009 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, Billy Elliot! Take a look at the show's opening night at Broadway's Imperial Theatre with the show's stars David Alvarez, Gregory Jbara, Santino Fontana, and more! Be sure to check out all the footage!

STAGE TUBE: BILLY ELLIOT Kids Perform at Farewell Celebration
by Stage Tube - Jan 10, 2012

BILLY ELLIOT played its final performance on Broadway on Sunday, January 8, 2012 after three wonderful years. The show's final performance was unique in that the current cast of Billys (and Michaels) alternated scenes in the show. In the videos below, the kids that have been a part of the cast throughout the show's run perform at a special farewell celebration. Check out their performances by clicking below!


Thommie Retter Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Thommie Retter been in?
Thommie Retter has appeared on Broadway in 1 shows.

How many West End shows has Thommie Retter been in?
Thommie Retter has not appeared in the West End