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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.

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Original Broadway Production, 2008
Mr. Braithwaite

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Calvin Knegten Completes the Cast of PRIDE HOUSE at TOSOS

TOSOS launches its 50th Anniversary Season with the world premiere of 'Pride House,' a new play by Chris Weikel.

TOSOS Announces 50th Anniversary Season PRIDE HOUSE Premiering January 18

New York City's oldest and longest producing LGBTQIA+ theater company TOSOS (Artistic Director Mark Finley) has announced the launch of their 50th Anniversary Season, including two full productions, an expansive reading series, annual gala, and several impactful events activated to celebrate the community.

Cast Set for LYRICS FOR LIFE at Symphony Space

KOTA Productions' Lyrics for Life will play Symphony Space on Sunday, November 12, 2023 at 7:00 pm.

Photos: ROCKERS ON BROADWAY Celebrates Album Release with Constantine Maroulis, Gerard Canonico, and More

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

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 Through Retter Entertainment

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

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!

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

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

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

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 BEE

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

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!

THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE to Return to Midtown

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).

Photo Coverage: Inside the Rehearsal Room with THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE

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,' with additional contributions from writer Anthony Giunta. BroadwayWorld takes you inside their rehearsal, check out the photos below!

THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE to Return to Midtown

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).

Stephen Bogardus and More Featured on IRVING BERLIN REDISCOVERED Album, Out Today

ASCAP Award-winning writer/producer Chip Deffaa's new CD, 'Irving Berlin Rediscovered' - being released today - features such Broadway notables as Stephen Bogardus ('Bright Star'), Giuseppe Bausilio ('Hello, Dolly!'), and Jon Peterson ('Cabaret'), plus such nightclub and cabaret stars as Seth Sikes and Natalie Douglas.

Photo Flash: Path Fund Celebrates 10 Years!

The Path Fund Inc. kicked off their 10th year by doing what they do best: rockin' out with some of Broadway's hottest stars. The show was modeled after Path Fund's signature rock concert series, ROCKERS ON BROADWAY®, now in its 24th year. This fun and unique charity event featured both Broadway's best rockers and Broadway's best new talents. 

Photo Coverage: Retter Entertainment Presents Examines Small Town Shock and Growing Up in 13 THE MUSICAL

Retter Entertainment is pleased to announce their production of 13 The Musical. Music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown and a book by Dan Elish and Robert Horn. Following a move from New York City to small-town Indiana, young Evan Goldman grapples with his parents' divorce, prepares for his impending Bar Mitzvah, and navigates the complicated social circles of a new school.

Clara & Violet Young to Appear in Retter Entertainment's 13: THE MUSICAL

Clara Young, 13 will play the part of Kendra and Violet Young, 11, will play the part of Charlotte in 13: The Musical.

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