Thommie Walsh, a
Tony-winning choreographer who was in the original
Broadway cast of A Chorus Line, has died after
a long battle with lymphoma. He was 57.
Saturday at his mother's home in Auburn, N.Y., said his
manager, Robert Duva, on Monday.
Walsh was best
known for creating the role of Bobby in A Chorus
Line, Michael Bennett's backstage look at dancers'
auditions for a big Broadway musical. The show based on
dancers' real-life stories opened at the Public Theater
off-Broadway in April 1975 before moving to Broadway's
Shubert Theatre for a 6,137-performance run.
Using the name
Thomas J. Walsh, he made his Broadway debut in Seesaw
in 1973, dancing in the chorus of the Cy
Coleman-Dorothy Fields musical directed and
choreographed by Bennett. The show featured performer
Tommy Tune, who later teamed with Walsh on several
choreographed The Best Little Whorehouse in
Texas (1978) and then A Day in Hollywood/A
Night in the Ukraine (1980), for which they received
a Tony Award for Best Choreography. Tune and Walsh
also directed and choreographed My One and Only
(1983), a new musical using old Gershwin songs and
which starred Tune and Twiggy. It also won the duo a
created the choreography for Nine (1982), which
Tune directed. Among the other shows for which Walsh did
the musical staging were The 1940s Radio Hour
(1979), Do Patent Leather Shoes Reflect Up?
(1982), and My Favorite Year (1992).
Among his later
projects were directing and choreographing the 2001
national tour of The Best Little Whorehouse in
Texas, starring Ann-Margret.
were set for Saturday in Auburn. A New York
City memorial was planned, Duva said. (AP)