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Matt Tamanini

Matt Tamanini Matt is BroadwayWorld's Chief TV and Film critic. He also writes across other BWW sites, including BWW Orlando, and serves as BWW's Database Manager. He received a BA in Journalism/Communications from The Ohio State University and has worked in sports broadcasting, media relations, and journalism. He also has directed and/or produced over 30 plays and musicals, and is currently writing two plays of his own. You can connect with Matt through Twitter: @BWWMatt.
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BWW Exclusive: Previously Unreleased Track from THE SOUND OF MUSIC 50th Anniversary SoundtrackExclusive: Previously Unreleased Track from SOUND OF MUSIC
Posted: Mar. 4, 2015


BWW Interview: How Elle McLemore's 'New' Movie AT THE TOP OF THE PYRAMID Prepared Her for BRING IT ON: THE MUSICALBWW Interview: How Elle McLemore's 'New' Movie Prepared Her for BRING IT ON
Posted: Mar. 3, 2015


Beware the Ides of March with 15 Shakespeare ShowtunesBeware the Ides of March with 15 Shakespeare Showtunes
Posted: Mar. 15, 2015


BWW Interview: The Skivvies Strip Down for a Florida Mini-TourBWW Interview: The Skivvies Strip Down for a Florida Mini-Tour
Posted: Mar. 5, 2015


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STAGE TUBE: Lady Gaga Celebrates SOUND OF MUSIC's 50th Anniversary with Impressive TributeSTAGE TUBE: Lady Gaga Celebrates SOUND OF MUSIC's 50th Anniversary with Impressive Tribute
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BWW Review: Three's Company in Garden Theatre's BOEING BOEINGBWW Review: Three's Company in Garden Theatre's BOEING BOEING
March 31, 2015

There is a lot wrong with the central conceit of Marc Camoletti's farce BOEING BOEING, playing at the Garden Theatre through April 4th. Set in Paris in 1963, Bernard, an insatiable womanizer (likely with undiagnosed obsessive compulsive disorder) has figured out that the best way to reap the benefits of having three live-in fiancees without any of them knowing about each other is to only propose to flight attendants on conflicting schedules. From there, the jokes nearly write themselves as schedules change and weather delays departures. Directed by Keith Smith, the Garden Theatre's six-person cast bounces through the madcap comedy with an abundant joy, despite all of the outdated gender politics. BOEING BOEING, translated from the original French by Beverley Cross and Francis Evans, stands up well as a time-capsule from a different time with a different perspective, and if you can get past the show's uncomfortable premise, you are sure to enjoy its charming cast and taut direction.
BWW Review: Theatre UCF's Talented Cast Makes Difficult NINE Compelling TheatreBWW Review: Theatre UCF's Talented Cast Makes Difficult NINE Compelling Theatre
March 26, 2015

A musical with Italian opera-inspired songs about a philandering middle-aged film director with writer's block, and the dozens of women that influence his life and work, does not seem like an obvious choice for a college theatre program to undertake. However, under the direction of Earl D. Weaver (who also choreographed), Theatre UCF sinks its collective teeth into the neurotic, misogynistic, and childish mind of Guido Contini in NINE, running through March 29th. This seven-time Tony-winning musical is based on the semi-autobiographical film '8' by Italian director Federico Fellini. The cast of 21 women, one man, and four boys creates an evocative world that seems to hover in the realm between fantasy and reality; much like many of Fellini's films. With striking talent, breath-taking design, and artistic vision, Theatre UCF succeeds where many professional companies would (and have) faltered; despite its unsettling premise, NINE is a joyful reminder of the power of young talent in the arts.
Mysterious THE REPUBLIC Could Change How Florida Thinks About TheatreMysterious THE REPUBLIC Could Change How Florida Thinks About Theatre
March 24, 2015

Launching in conjunction with the Orlando International Fringe Festival is THE REPUBLIC. This unique, one-of-a-kind production is the brain-child of Sarah Elger; with experience working for Broadway producers, as a dancer, set designer, architect, theme park creative, and a self-described 'video game nerd,' Elger is merging all of her passions into a theatrical experience that she hope speaks to a segment of the Central Florida community that is looking for a new form of entertainment.
That'll Play Podcast Welcomes 'Professor Blastoff' Comedian and Cartoonist David HuntsbergerThat'll Play Podcast Welcomes 'Professor Blastoff' Comedian and Cartoonist David Huntsberger
March 23, 2015

That'll Play with Matt Candela and John Nuzzi sit down for a chat with David Huntsberger in the latest episode 'Launching Pad'. David is a stand-up comedian, talented cartoonist, and one of the co-hosts (along with comedians Tig Notaro and Kyle Dunnigan) of the hilarious and informative Professor Blastoff podcast on the Earwolf Network. The group discusses David's experiences touring the country, how creativity has changed over time, and who make the most interesting guests on his hit podcast. Plus, Matt and John share some exciting news about the future of the show, and much more... That'll Play!
BWW's New Webseries THE RESIDUALS Guest on New York Cine RadioBWW's New Webseries THE RESIDUALS Guest on New York Cine Radio
March 15, 2015

Last week, Michael Paul Smith and Gillian Pensavalle, the co-creators and stars of BroadwayWorld's newest webseries partnership THE RESIDUALS were guests on the popular podcast New York Cine Radio. The husband-and-wife pair talk about the upcoming second season, joining the BWW family, and the new BREAKING BAD prequel, BETTER CALL SAUL!
Beware the Ides of March with 15 Shakespeare ShowtunesBeware the Ides of March with 15 Shakespeare Showtunes
March 15, 2015

'If music be the food of love, play on.' Even before the invention of the musical comedy (more on that later), William Shakespeare knew the importance of music in telling stories on stage. For our March feature, my colleague Jeff Walker and I thought that instead of marking the Ides of March with songs about murder, betrayal, and fate, we would focus on the synergy between showtunes and Shakespeare.
BWW Review: A DAY IN HOLLYWOOD/A NIGHT IN THE UKRAINE Brings Old Hollywood Fun to Winter Park PlayhouseBWW Review: A DAY IN HOLLYWOOD/A NIGHT IN THE UKRAINE Brings Old Hollywood Fun to Winter Park Playhouse
March 12, 2015

Winter Park Playhouse prides itself on being the home of feel-good musical theatre in Central Florida, and their traditional slate of familiar titles and standard-centric revues almost always has you leaving with a smile on your face. However, with their current show, A DAY IN HOLLYWOOD/A NIGHT IN THE UKRAINE, running through March 28th, the beloved theatre company has seemingly risen to a new level of satisfying warm and fuzziness. The show, which was nominated for nine Tonys in 1980, won two statues; the first for Tommy Tune (who also directed) and Thommie Walsh's choreography, while Priscilla Lopez took home the award for Best Featured Actress. With book and lyrics by Dick Vosburgh and music by Frank Lazarus, the play consists of two loosely connected, toe-tapping, side-splitting acts that pay homage to old Hollywood. Despite the show's pedigree, it is rarely ever produced, but with Michael Edwards' extremely tight direction, and the best collection of talent that I have ever seen at WPP, it makes you wonder why this musical bundle of joy isn't part of every regional theatre's repertoire.
BWW Review: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Is High-Speed Nostalgic Fun at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing ArtsBWW Review: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL Is High-Speed Nostalgic Fun at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
March 11, 2015

How do you cram 50 hit songs, over 90 characters, and 25 years of history from one of music's most important companies into a dramatically satisfying, two hour and 45 minute musical? The answer is, you don't; but based on the enthusiastic response to MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, playing at Orlando's Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts through March 15th, that really doesn't matter. What does matter is that the music of Motown (the record company and the musical) is here to make people happy. That mantra is repeated multiple times during the show's most difficult situations by its central figure, Berry Gordy. According to the musical, Motown's founder created the most successful independent record label of all-time on little more than determination and a desire to spread joy. As anyone familiar with Motown's mile-long string of hits, or the stage show that they inspired, can attest to, Gordy, Hitsville U.S.A., and MOTOWN THE MUSICAL more than delivered on creating joy for countless generations of music fans.
BWW Interview: The Skivvies Strip Down for a Florida Mini-TourBWW Interview: The Skivvies Strip Down for a Florida Mini-Tour
March 5, 2015

You know that fever dream where you walk onto a stage in front of a huge audience and you are nearly completely naked? Well, throw in a cello, a ukulele, pop and musical theatre mashups, and a healthy dose of laughs, and you've got The Skivvies.
BWW Exclusive: Previously Unreleased Track from THE SOUND OF MUSIC 50th Anniversary SoundtrackBWW Exclusive: Previously Unreleased Track from THE SOUND OF MUSIC 50th Anniversary Soundtrack
March 4, 2015

Today, BroadwayWorld is proud debut a previously unreleased track from THE SOUND OF MUSIC 50th Anniversary Soundtrack. The track is titled 'Goodbye Maria/How Can Love Survive Waltz', which ties-in musical themes from the melody of 'Edelweiss.'
BWW Interview: How Elle McLemore's 'New' Movie AT THE TOP OF THE PYRAMID Prepared Her for BRING IT ON: THE MUSICALBWW Interview: How Elle McLemore's 'New' Movie AT THE TOP OF THE PYRAMID Prepared Her for BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL
March 3, 2015

Hawaii-born Elle McLemore burst onto the theatre scene in 2011 when she was cast as the evil Eva in the Pre-Broadway National Tour of BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL. Like most of that cast, McLemore went on to make her Broadway debut when the tour made its way to New York the following year. Since then the 23-year-old has been a regular on the final season of ARMY WIVES and one of the stars of Off-Broadway's cult favorite HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL, as 'Cheerleader Heather,' Heather McNamara.
BWW Review: Talented Cast Shows there Is More than Science to Mad Cow's PHOTOGRAPH 51BWW Review: Talented Cast Shows there Is More than Science to Mad Cow's PHOTOGRAPH 51
February 26, 2015

In the last two years, Orlando's Mad Cow Theatre has assumed the mantle as one of the Southeast's leaders in producing 'Science Plays.' In addition to their Second Annual Science Play Festival, which begins Friday, February 27th, the Church Street theatre recently premiered Anna Ziegler's affecting play PHOTOGRAPH 51, about the race to discover the structure of DNA. On first blush, such a technical topic doesn't seem like the most obvious choice for a compelling drama, but what Ziegler and director Denise Gillman obviously understand is that a good play, no matter its subject, is best when focused on human relationships and emotions. PHOTOGRAPH 51, which seems as if it was written for Mad Cow's intimate Zehngebot-Stonerock Theatre, provides plenty of science, but truly excels when the actors pull back the layers on their characters' intricacies.
BWW Review: Orlando Shakespeare Goes unto the Breach with Masterful HENRY VBWW Review: Orlando Shakespeare Goes unto the Breach with Masterful HENRY V
February 25, 2015

One of the great benefits of having a professional Shakespeare company in town is that they are able to invest in productions of some of the Bard's works that don't often get produced at traditional theatres. While Orlando Shakespeare certainly produces great plays not found in the First Folio, the fact that they are able to bring performances of shows like TITUS ANDRONICUS, THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, and PERICLES to the stage is a tremendous boon for Central Florida theatre fans. Productions of HAMLET, ROMEO AND JULIET, the Scottish Play, and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM will never go out of style, but it is truly special when you are able to attend an artistically satisfying production of one of Shakespeare's lesser seen works; like the masterful HENRY V, running through March 22nd at Orlando Shakespeare.
BWW Review: Theatre UCF's '(a love story)' is an Entertaining Modern Take on Classic TragedyBWW Review: Theatre UCF's '(a love story)' is an Entertaining Modern Take on Classic Tragedy
February 24, 2015

'Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.' For many, those words are the definition of what a love story should be about. However, in Theatre UCF's play '(a love story),' which runs through March 1st, three intertwining tales chronicle all of the fevered, messy emotions involved with falling in, and out, of love. The highly-stylized play casts a disapproving eye on love in the modern world, all the while casing the storytelling in the trappings of a classic tragedy. Playwright Kelly Lusk occasionally uses the familiar structure to illuminate the universality of love, but more often than not, he allows it to run roughshod over the story being told, robbing it of any genuine emotion. Nonetheless, Theatre UCF's production is marked with uniformly impressive performances and thrilling production design; reaffirming why Central Florida's colleges provide some of the best, cutting-edge theatre in the region.
That'll Play Podcast Welcomes Actor, Entrepreneur Natasha YoungeThat'll Play Podcast Welcomes Actor, Entrepreneur Natasha Younge
February 24, 2015

That'll Play with Matt Candela and John Nuzzi welcomes actress and entrepreneur Natasha Younge on the latest episode 'Younge at Heart'. The actor and owner of The Younge Hollywood Blast sits down with the hosts to discuss her digital newspaper, getting started in acting, the power of social media, and the challenges of being an entrepreneur. Plus, the guys address the creepiness of crowd-funding, share some last second thoughts on this years Oscars ceremony, and Matt highlights an award-worthy film that you may have missed on another edition of What Will Play. That'll Play!
STAGE TUBE: Lady Gaga Celebrates SOUND OF MUSIC's 50th Anniversary with Impressive TributeSTAGE TUBE: Lady Gaga Celebrates SOUND OF MUSIC's 50th Anniversary with Impressive Tribute
February 22, 2015

In celebration of the film version of THE SOUND OF MUSIC's 50th Anniversary, Grammy-winner Lady Gaga sang a medley of the movie's most beloved songs. The 'Born This Way' sing was stunning belt out Rodgers and Hammerstein classics like 'The Sound of Music,' 'My Favorite Things,' 'Climb Ev'ry Mountain,' and more.
STAGE TUBE: Neil Patrick Harris, Anna Kendrick Open Oscars with 'Moving Pictures'STAGE TUBE: Neil Patrick Harris, Anna Kendrick Open Oscars with 'Moving Pictures'
February 22, 2015

In true Neil Patrick Harris form, the Oscars' host opened the 87th Annual Academy Awards with an original number from FROZEN songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez. With the help of Tony-nominee Anna Kendrick and Jack Black, in 'Moving Pictures' NPH paid tribute to the wonder that Hollywood brings.
BWW Review: SLAVA'S SNOWSHOW Is a Mess; on Stage and Off at the Dr. Phillips CenterBWW Review: SLAVA'S SNOWSHOW Is a Mess; on Stage and Off at the Dr. Phillips Center
February 21, 2015

Let me start this review by saying that I generally like everything that I see; at least to a certain degree. I can usually find some redeeming artistic moment of any production to tide me over when the work as a whole isn't up to par. However in SLAVA'S SNOWSHOW, running through March 1st at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, I found almost no redeeming moments; nearly nothing on which to hang even the slightest artistic appreciation. This "show" involves a collection of eight clownish-type individuals who walk around the stage for an hour and 45 minutes (including a 15 minute intermission) and do little more than make a mess. In a word, this show is nonsense; and not fun, clownish nonsense, just plan "this makes no sense" nonsense.
BroadwayWorld's Experts Pick Oscar Winners; featuring Randy Rainbow, Michael Paul Smith, MoreBroadwayWorld's Experts Pick Oscar Winners; featuring Randy Rainbow, Michael Paul Smith, More
February 20, 2015

Are you struggling to fill out the top categories in your offic Oscar pool? Well, have no fear, BroadwayWorld is here to help. We have assembled a panel of experts to help narrow things down for you.
BWW Review: MACHINAL Proves Rollins College Is One of Orlando's Best Theatre CompaniesBWW Review: MACHINAL Proves Rollins College Is One of Orlando's Best Theatre Companies
February 18, 2015

One of the reasons that I especially enjoy going to quality collegiate theatre is that, while these programs want to have as many people in the audience as possible, for obvious exposure and financial reasons, they are far more focused on presenting interesting and challenging works that prepare their students for whatever artistic careers they eventually pursue. Rollins College's production of MACHINAL, running through February 21st, will not be for everyone, but thankfully, director and Department Chair Dr. David Charles has larger goals in mind for this program.


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