Thommie Walsh

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Thomas Joseph “Thommie” Walsh III (March 15, 1950 – June 16, 2007) was an American dancer, choreographer, and director.

Biography

Born in Auburn, New York, Walsh was interested in dance from the age of five, but seriously considered foregoing it as a career when he was rejected by Juilliard. He enrolled in the Boston Conservatory of Music but departed during his junior year to tour with Disney on Parade. Following that he joined the national tour of Applause, departing to accept a small role in the film version of Jesus Christ Superstar.

Personal life

Thommie was known for his unique sense of style (Example: Checkered Vans with a Pinstriped Suit), as well as his incomparable and well known sense of humor. With such a developed reputation in the industry, Thommie was brought in as a show doctor on many of Broadway's greatest hits during the 1980s. Many numbers in Grand Hotel were actually choreographed by Thommie Walsh.

A Chorus Line

Walsh made his Broadway debut in the chorus of Seesaw in 1973, the same year in which he appeared in the disastrous Broadway flop Rachael Lily Rosenbloom , which starred Ellen Greene and Anita Morris.

In 1975 Walsh was invited by choreographer Tony Stevens to participate in a series of frank conversations among Broadway dancers, known as "gypsies," about their experiences, hopes, and dreams. The result was Michael Bennett's A Chorus Line (1976), in which he originated the role of Bobby. The role of Bobby was in large part...
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