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.
Becca Retter serves the dance community from coast to coast and is proud to carry on the work of Legendary dance educator Mr. Al Gilbert. Creating age-appropriate songs and dances with her popular educational tool “Dance Advantage” has made it possible for Becca to find her way into dance schools across our nation on a daily basis.
Becca has been featured in Dance Studio Life Magazine for her excellence in dance education, specifically the class plans she makes available to studios around the world for their studios. She has performed at the House of Blues in Los Angeles; Las Vegas and on MTV, and she has danced internationally in Canada, Denmark, Guatemala and Russia. Volume 5 of her popular preschool series, “Dance Adventure” is now available! Becca’s love and enthusiasm for dance makes her a favorite among students and teachers and she always enjoys sharing her knowledge and love for dance education.
Feature Films: “CONTEST” (director/writer) premiered on Cartoon Network; winner Audience Choice award for Family Films at Mill Valley Film Festival;
Theater: “SKIN IN THE GAME” (writer/director) NY International Fringe Festival, Fringe Arts (Philadelphia), and inaugural Pittsburgh Fringe Festival;
Teaching: acting (private coaching – NYC & Philadelphia) / filmmaking (Project Twenty1 in Philadelphia & private coaching – NYC & Philadelphia);
Current 2018 Projects: development of a new feature-film, “EXPECTANT BROTHER” (director/writer/editor), two new short films, “COSTUME PARTY” & “DITCH DAY” (director/writer/editor) & developing a new full-length musicalplay, “WOULD I LIE?” (director, book writer, co-lyricist);
Beyond 2018: development of two new original feature-length films, “SO CALLED” & “ROMAN NUMERALS” (director, writer, senior editor) and a new full-length play, “JUMPING OFF POINT” (writer/director)
has worked in New York for 18 years as composer, arranger, conductor, and pianist. He was recently music supervising the 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.
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.
Donnie Kehr The son of a ballerina and musician, grew up in a talented family, dividing his time between performing onstage and studying music, eventually mastering piano, guitar, drums and bass. He also attended The School of American Ballet with a full scholarship.He made his Broadway debut at 12, co-starring with F. Murray Abraham in Legend (1976). At 21, he originated the role of “Marcus Macauley” in Joseph Papp’s musical adaptation of William Saroyan’s The Human Comedy (1984), first at The New York Shakespeare Festival and then on Broadway. On Broadway, Donnie appeared in Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida, co-starring with Toni Braxton. In his second Elton John show, he played the “Scab and Posh Dad” in the original Broadway company of Billy Elliot: The Musical. Donnie also, performed in national tours of West Side Story, and 1992’s George M. with star Joel Grey. He also has toured with the 1st National production of Jersey Boys reprising his role of “Gyp DeCarlo”. Donnie also has been directing live concerts and theater for many years. His work includes each edition of “Rockers On Broadway,” most notably the elaborate 15th Anniversary Reunion Concert of The Who’s Tommy – featuring the entire original cast. Other notable events were: The Opening Ceremonies for the 2009 JCC Maccabi Games at Madison Square Garden and the finale performance at the 2011 UN Women Launch Event in the UN General Assembly Hall, and 2013’s Motel Rasdell, winner of “Best Musical” at The Midtown International Theatre Festival.
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