Thommie Retter is the artistic director of This Way To Broadway, Live! He will bring his experiences from the worlds of Broadway, Music and Dance to This Way To Broadway, Live's Showbiz Kids. With his positive energy and passion for the entertainment business you can expect a memorable experience for everyone involved! Thommie is also a sought after dance coach in the NYC theatre community and has had a remarkable success rate with his showbiz kids landing roles on Broadway, TV and film.
We are thrilled to welcome Cathy Nesbitt-Stein along with select dancers from Candy Apples Dance Center. Cathy has a staring role on the hit TV series Dance Moms and has been a driving force in the dance world for decades.
Direction/Choreography:Victor/Victoria (Nat.Tour), The Will Rogers Follies, (Nat.Tour, Music Circus, - Merry Go Round and The Barn Theatre - starring Tom Wopat, Gateway, Arrow Rock Lyceum starring David Lutken. Peter Pan & Little Shop of Horrors (Theatre By The Sea), The Today Show, USO Jump Jive and Wail, The Menhattans (original concept Carnegie Hall & Lincoln Center), UPS, Baby Steps, My Man starring Noah Racey, The Future Freaks Me Out (original devised concepts) White Christmas, Damn Yankees, Leading Ladies, Disarmed (new play Columbia University), Thank You for Your Service (new devised play City University of New York workshop. Associate/Supervising/Pre-production: The Producers(national tour), Annie Get Your Gun (Goodspeed), Ragtime (Kennedy Center/Bway), Gypsy & Forum (Sacramento), How To Succeed, (Encores), Singin’ in the Rain & 42nd St. (Korea), Chix 6!(Nederlander-Brown Pre-Broadway Workshop), Broadway Bares (w/ Moe Rocca), Chicago (Flatrock Playhouse Marcia Milgrom Dodge Dir.), Guys and Dolls, Dance Caravan (Assistant to Thommie Walsh), Shine On (Radio City for Good Housekeeping), Fairy Tale Project, Assoc. Dir. Choreographer and line captain Radio City Rockettes. So glad to be back with This Way to Broadway!
is the engineer and owner of PPI Recording one of the longest running recording studios in NYC. He also holds a degree in percussion and has played drums and percussion on many of the tracks he's recorded. Some of his recording credits include,“TREVOR”, Academy Award, A & E Documentaries, “CHUCK JONES”, Emmy “LARRY FLYNT: The Right to be Left Alone”, “THE HEIRESS”, Tony Award, Numerous Broadway and Off Broadway Shows. Mr. Fabrizi has engineered, mastered, produced and performed on over 200 CDʼs. He has recorded with Roberta Flack, Phoebe Snow, Mickey Dolenz, Paul Newman, Kathleen Turner, Marvin Hamlisch, John Kander and Walter Marks, "I Gotta Be Me", just to mention a few.
Lisa FranklinLisa Lisa’s students have appeared in leading Broadway roles and National tours, including the roles of Matilda, Lavender and Hortensia in Matilda on Broadway, title role of Billy Elliot in Billy Elliot on Broadway, Young Alison on Broadway and Understudy Small Alison, John, Christian on the National Tour of Fun Home, Michael Banks in Mary Poppins on Broadway and the National Tour, Broadway roles in The Book of Mormon, Bridges of Madison County, A Christmas Story the Musical and the National Tours of Elf the Musical, A Chorus Line, Ragtime, Finding Neverland, 101 Dalmatians, 42nd Street and Annie and in many other off Broadway and regional theaters and Radio City Music Hall. Lisa is also an actor/singer, having performed in New York City, across the United States and in Europe. Last Fall, Lisa performed in Wisconsin at the Palace Theatre as Marie Lombardi in Lombardi, directed by the Associate Director of Hamilton on Broadway, Patrick Vassel. BROADWAY EVENTS: The Secret Garden at Lincoln Center. NYC CREDITS: The Real Desperate Housewives of Columbia County at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, Velma in Hairspray with FSF Theatre, The Franklin Family in Concert at 54 Below and a leading role in Manuel Versus the Statue of Liberty at the NY Musical theater Festival(NYMF.). Lisa will be appearing this November in The Midtown International Theater Festival at the Jewel Box Theater in the new musical, Ciao Bambino. www.lisafranklinonline.com
Rick Hip-Flores has worked in New York for 15 years as composer, arranger, conductor, and pianist. He is currently music supervising the new Broadway show In Transit and has recently conducted the shows "Beautiful," "Fun Home," and "Rocky" on Broadway, and has played in the orchestras of "Aladdin," "Billy Elliot," "Wonderland," "Spelling Bee," and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. National Tours include "We Will Rock You" for which he was Musical Director and Conductor. In addition, Rick has composed and written lyrics for the "Peace, Love, and Cupcakes", "Tooth Fairy Tale," and "My New York". As supervisor and arranger, credits include '"Swonderful" and "Heat Wave" which have had commercial productions in New York. We are thrilled to have Rick onboard and look forward to the time he will spend with the participants.
Trapper Felides is a very sought after vocal coach within the Broadway community and beyond. His students can be seen in just about every Broadway show at any given time and we are thrilled the children of tw2B will have opportunity to to work with this magical man!
Joseph Baker has been working as a conductor and pianist on and around Broadway for more than 20 years. Shows he has performed include: WICKED, SHREK, THE LION KING , BLOOD BROTHERS, THE LIFE, GRAND HOTEL, STARLIGHT EXPRESS, THE TAP DANCE KID, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, CATSKILLS ON BROADWAY, THE LIFE , FOOTLOOSE, and BELLS ARE RINGING. He has also done duties as Orchestrator, Vocal Arranger or Dance Arranger on shows as: BUBBLY BLACK GIRL, THE GREEN HEART, and FOOTLOOSE. Across the sea, Joseph has worked on the Japan tour of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS as music director and conductor. Since 1999 he has been a guest conductor, arranger, and music director for the HYUNDAI Theatre company in Seoul, Korea, performing their successful productions of TRIPITAKA, ANOTHER SUN and CHANG POGO there and all over the world. He has performed with several well-known artists, and especially enjoys work in the concert pops field. He has conducted for artists such as Helen Reddy, Petula Clarke, Art Garfunkel, Chita Rivera, Leslie Uggams, Jackie Mason, Carole King, and David and Shaun Cassidy. He has recently had some success as a composer and producer in film and TV, Composing the score for the smash hit documentary MAD HOT BALLROOM, and is Composer-Arranger–Producer for an exciting children’s TV series on Public Television WLIW called DITTYDOODLE WORKS. He also works as a recording music producer, and his work is currently on recordings by Jeremy Kushnier, (RENT), Petula Clark, Jonny Peterson, Steven Lutvak, and J. Mark McVey. His other “musical life” includes projects in his own midtown studio, and when not being a musical arranger, he arranges time with his children Rosemary and David Baker. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sara Shikowitz holds a bachelors degree in music education from Ithaca College, and a masters degree in music education from Queens College. She is a proud music educator in the NYC Department of Education. She is the director of choral music at JHS 157, where she directs over 300 students in four diverse choirs. She also teaches music education courses at Queens College. Sara specializes in working with children's choirs and with the adolescent male changing voice. Sara is thrilled to return to TWTB, where kids can truly shine!