Matt Tamanini

Matt Tamanini Matt is BroadwayWorld's Senior TV and Film critic. He also writes across other BWW sites, including BWW Orlando. He also serves as BWW's Advertising and Database Manager. He received a BA in Journalism/Communications from The Ohio State University and has worked in sports broadcasting and media relations and as a theatre director, producer, and teacher. He is also the Executive and Co-Artistic Director of The Squeaky Wheel Theatre Project in Orlando, Florida. You can connect with Matt through Twitter @BWWMatt.
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Video Roundup: BWW Honors Kyle Jean-Baptiste with Collection of his Performances; 'Bring Him Home,' MoreBWW TV Honors Kyle Jean-Baptiste with Collection of his Performances
Posted: Aug. 29, 2015


Broadway Community Urges League to Dim Lights in Honor of Kyle Jean-BaptisteBroadway Community Urges League to Dim Lights in Honor of Kyle Jean-Baptiste
Posted: Aug. 30, 2015


BWW TV: Get to Know the Cast of Florida's HEATHERS: THE MUSICALBWW TV: Get to Know the Cast of Florida's HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL
Posted: Aug. 20, 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
Posted: Feb. 22, 2015


Video Roundup: BWW Honors Kyle Jean-Baptiste with Collection of his Performances; 'Bring Him Home,' MoreBWW TV Honors Kyle Jean-Baptiste with Collection of his Performances
Posted: Aug. 29, 2015


Spoiler Alert! THE VOICE Blind Auditions Night Two Recap 9/23; Full Results & Pics!Spoiler Alert! THE VOICE Blind Auditions Night Two Recap 9/23; Full Results & Pics!
Posted: Sep. 23, 2014


Brynn O'Malley Answers BWW's TV 10: Geeks Out for BIG BROTHER, SEINFELD, LOSTBrynn O'Malley Answers BWW's TV 10: Geeks Out for BIG BROTHER, SEINFELD, LOST
September 2, 2015

True story; back in January, I had an idea to talk to insanely talented Broadway stars about the TV shows that they obsess over; after all they have to have as many guilty pleasures as the rest of us, right? Then, after they answered the questions, the Broadway star would suggest another Broadway star to receive the same ridiculous TV-related treatment. Well, between Brynn starring in HONEYMOON, and me taking on all of the advertising responsibilities I mentioned yesterday, we never were able to make it happen... until now! And I have to tell you, Brynn's answers are well worth the wait!
The Theater People Podcast Welcomes HAND TO GOD Tony Nominee Geneva CarrThe Theater People Podcast Welcomes HAND TO GOD Tony Nominee Geneva Carr
August 31, 2015

On Monday, August 31st, the Theater People podcast welcomes the Tony-nominated HAND TO GOD star Geneva Carr. In makingher Broadway debut with HAND TO GOD, Carr gave one of last season's most critically acclaimed performances in the role of Margery, the protagonist's mother.
When Shonda Rhimes Tells You to Write, You Write; Even if that Means Every DayWhen Shonda Rhimes Tells You to Write, You Write; Even if that Means Every Day
September 1, 2015

While addressing the 2014 graduating class at her alma mater, Dartmouth University, the great American auteur Shonda Rhimes said, You want to be a writer? A writer is someone who writes every day so start writing.
Broadway Community Urges League to Dim Lights in Honor of Kyle Jean-BaptisteBroadway Community Urges League to Dim Lights in Honor of Kyle Jean-Baptiste
August 30, 2015

Earlier today, Broadway actor Kyle Jean-Baptiste tragically died from injuries suffered during an accident at his mother's home. Last month, Jean-Baptiste became both the youngest, and the first African American, actor to play the role of Jean Valjean on Broadway. News of his death spread across the internet quickly, with many members of the Broadway community paying tribute to this history-making performer. Quickly, 'Kyle Jean-Baptiste' became a trending topic on Twitter around the world.
Video Roundup: BWW Honors Kyle Jean-Baptiste with Collection of his Performances; 'Bring Him Home,' MoreVideo Roundup: BWW Honors Kyle Jean-Baptiste with Collection of his Performances; 'Bring Him Home,' More
August 29, 2015

Like all of the theatre community, BroadwayWorld is shocked and saddened to learn of the untimely passing of LES MISERABLES performer Kyle Jean-Baptiste after an accident at his mother's home last night.
BWW's THE RESIDUALS Visit Total Theater's 'Dave's Gone By' PodcastBWW's THE RESIDUALS Visit Total Theater's 'Dave's Gone By' Podcast
August 27, 2015

Recently, the creators of BroadwayWorld's web series partner THE RESIDUALS were guests on TotalTheater.com's podcast, 'Dave's Gone By.' THE RESIDUALS husband and wife team of Michael Paul Smith and Gillian Pensavalle discussed the show's history, production, and future.
UPDATED: Broadway Celebrates Women's Equality Day; Patina, Chenoweth, HAMILTON's Schuyler Sisters, MoreUPDATED: Broadway Celebrates Women's Equality Day; Patina, Chenoweth, HAMILTON's Schuyler Sisters, More
August 26, 2015

Many women have taken to social media to celebrate the day by posting photos of themselves flexing in honor of the iconic World War II era Rosie the Riveter. Rosie was symbolic of the millions of American women who kept the country running while many young men were over seas fighting. Some of our favorite female Broadway stars have posted photos in recognition of the day; check them out below. We will be updating list as more come in:
Cast of The CW's CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND Taps Broadway Faves in Dancing Challenge for BCEFACast of The CW's CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND Taps Broadway Faves in Dancing Challenge for BCEFA
August 25, 2015

The cast of The CW's new musical comedy series, Rachel Bloom, Broadway alum Donna Lynne Champlin (BILLY ELLIOT, SWEENEY TODD), Vincent Rodriguez III (HERE LIES LOVE, ANYTHING GOES National Tour) and Pete Gardner launched a Tap Dance Challenge last Friday to benefit Broadway Cares Equity Fights Aids. Before busting out into an impressive routine, the CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND cast 'tapped' Broadway favorites, THE FLASH's Jesse L. Martin, MODERN FAMILY's Jesse Tyler Ferguson, SUPERGIRL's Jeremy Jordan, NCIS:LA's Barret Foa (SPELLING BEE, Off-Broadway's GODSPELL) and MADAM SECRETARY's Bebe Neuwirth.
BWW Review: Mad Cow's TRIBES is Beautiful Examination of Love, Family, CommunicationBWW Review: Mad Cow's TRIBES is Beautiful Examination of Love, Family, Communication
August 26, 2015

Since I left the Mad Cow Theatre after seeing the Sunday matinee of their newest show, TRIBES by Nina Raine, I haven't been able to stop thinking about the implications stirred up by the highly dysfunctional family at the center of this rich, thickly plotted drama. I have become slightly weary of new plays trading on the 'highly dysfunctional family' trope in recent years, as most are flawed attempts to capitalize on the success of AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, but the insight with which Raine draws her characters, and the difficulties that they face, is uniquely specific, and all together powerful. The plot of this beautifully realized production analyzes the nature of family, of belonging, and the differences between communicating and connecting.
BWW Interview: Clandestine Arts Founder Chats CARRIE THE MUSICAL PremiereBWW Interview: Clandestine Arts Founder Chats CARRIE THE MUSICAL Premiere
August 25, 2015

There are few shows in the American Musical Theatre cannon that are as intriguing as CARRIE THE MUSICAL. From it's legendary Broadway flop in 1988 to the re-worked Off-Broadway revival in 2012, despite its rocky history, CARRIE fascinated theatre-goers. Last week, Clandestine Arts opened the musical's Central Florida premiere at the ME Theatre, and will run through through August 30th(BroadwayWorld Orlando's review will come out on Thursday). Recently, I chatted with Clandestine's founder and CARRIE's co-director Derek Critzer about the process of choosing and producing this unusual musical.
BWW Review: Clandestine's CARRIE THE MUSICAL is Ambitious DisappointmentBWW Review: Clandestine's CARRIE THE MUSICAL is Ambitious Disappointment
August 27, 2015

There is something noble about earnestly attempting to do good, despite the overwhelming evidence that what you are embarking upon is almost certainly doomed to disappoint. Not only is that sentiment at the center of CARRIE THE MUSICAL, which Clandestine Arts is premiering in Central Florida through August 30th at the ME Theatre, but it also accurately describes the undertaking of performing this infamous piece of musical theatre history. Like Carrie's senior prom, unless everything goes unbelievably perfectly, the musical is likely going to be a substantial let-down. While Clandestine has put together an impressively talented group of young performers, especially in the show's four leads, the uneven and sloppy production undermines whatever power the piece might otherwise have had.
BWW Feature: Escape the Dog Days of Summer w/ Our Favorite Animal ShowtunesBWW Feature: Escape the Dog Days of Summer w/ Our Favorite Animal Showtunes
August 23, 2015

While August is quickly winding down, much of the country is still engulfed in an oppressive summer heat. Whether or not it's global warming (it's global warming), there is no escaping the Dog Days of Summer. So, for our monthly feature, Jeff Walker and I made the only tangentially related leap to take a look at our favorite showtunes about animals, dogs or otherwise. Take a look at what we came up with, and share yours in the comments below.
BWW TV: Get to Know the Cast of Florida's HEATHERS: THE MUSICALBWW TV: Get to Know the Cast of Florida's HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL
August 20, 2015

The Gen Y Productions' Florida premiere of the hit film adaptation HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL enters its final weekend at The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, FL. Crowds and critics have raved about the production (click here to read my review), and many have come in costume and carrying croquet mallets and Corn Nuts at every performance. As they prepared for their Opening Night, I sat down with the show's stars Nicola Visco (Veronica), Thomas Sanders (J.D.), Lindsey Wells (Heather Chandler), Caroline Drage (Heather Duke), and Jillian Gizzi (Heather McNamara) and chatted about the show, their roles, and what they were like in high school. Check out the video below.
BWW Review: Gen Y's Florida Premiere of HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL is 'So Very' and So Much MoreBWW Review: Gen Y's Florida Premiere of HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL is 'So Very' and So Much More
August 17, 2015

There is something killer going on in Orlando's theatre scene, and I mean that in the best possible way. Since debuting with a production of CABARET in January, Gen Y Productions has staged thrilling Florida premieres of two of New York's most buzzed-about new works, a risky proposition for a theatre company looking to build an audience. In June, it was a mesmerizing production of Pulitzer Prize-winner THE FLICK (read BWW's review), and now it is the devilishly entertaining HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL. The show runs through August 23rd at The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, and after attending last week's Opening Night, I think it is safe to say that Gen Y is quickly becoming my favorite theatre company in Central Florida.
BWW Review: Theatre UCF's THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST is Perfectly Frivolous Summer FunBWW Review: Theatre UCF's THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST is Perfectly Frivolous Summer Fun
August 16, 2015

Very little in life is as refreshing on a hot summer day as a nice, cool cucumber sandwich; a close second perhaps is a classic, breezy comedy in an air conditioned theater. Fortunately, Theatre UCF is bringing back both when their production of Oscar Wilde's THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST returns on August 27th for a final weekend of performances, after running earlier this summer in repertoire with DO BLACK PATENT LEATHER SHOWS REALLY REFLECT UP? (Check out Kimberly Moy's BWW Orlando review of PATENT LEATHER). Under the direction of Mark Routhier, the cast fully embraces the goofy storylines and giddy characters of this beloved comedy of manners to create an entertainingly trivial way to spend a summer evening.
Pensavalle, Smith Chat THE RESIDUALS in New Backstage ArticlePensavalle, Smith Chat THE RESIDUALS in New Backstage Article
July 29, 2015

In June, BroadwayWorld launched Season 2 of the popular webseries THE RESIDUALS. The comedy, fromhusband-and-wife team Michael Paul Smith and Gillian Pensavalle, centers on the ridiculous world commercial acting.
Krysta Rodriguez, Adam Kaplan Join #SOBLESSED Live at 54 Below 7/27Krysta Rodriguez, Adam Kaplan Join #SOBLESSED Live at 54 Below 7/27
July 26, 2015

After a SOLD OUT engagement last fall, #SOBLESSED Live! returns to 54 BELOW on July 27th at 9:30 p.m., benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS! Krysta Rodriguez ('Smash') and Adam Kaplan (Newsies) join host Lesli Margherita (Matilda) in #SOBLESSED Live! featuring Christine Dwyer (Wicked), Chris McCarrell (Les Miserables), Nikka Graff Lanzarone (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), Kate Shindle (Legally Blonde, AEA PRESIDENT!), Alex Wyse(Deaf West's Spring Awakening), Chelsea Nachman (Twitter) as Laura Benanti.
Photo Flash: Check Out Shots of NYMF's Folk-Rock Musical THE LAST TIME WE WERE HEREPhoto Flash: Check Out Shots of NYMF's Folk-Rock Musical THE LAST TIME WE WERE HERE
July 23, 2015

This weekend, Atlanta-based actors and writers Jeremiah Parker Hobbs and Jessica DeMaria will debut their new breath-taking,folk-rock musicalTHE LAST TIME WE WERE HERE atThe New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF).There are only two performances of this special event: Saturday, July 25, 3pm, and Monday, July 27, noon, both at The Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Cafe located at 407 W. 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036.
BWW Classifieds: Apply for Your Dream Job at Roundabout, The Public, MCC, and More!BWW Classifieds: Apply for Your Dream Job at Roundabout, The Public, MCC, and More!
July 23, 2015

Whether in New York, L.A., or anywhere around the globe BroadwayWorld is your connection to theatre's best jobs; and best of all, it is completely free for job posters and job seekers! To find your dream job, check out BroadwayWorld's extensive Classified Section, and to post your open position for FREE, click here. Also, don't forget about our Equity and Non-Equity Audition Section.
BWW Interview: Annoying Actor Friend Explains Why #SOBLESSED Live at 54 Below is Like the Hamilton LotteryBWW Interview: Annoying Actor Friend Explains Why #SOBLESSED Live at 54 Below is Like the Hamilton Lottery
July 23, 2015

In 2013, Actor Friend published his/her first book #SOBLESSED, with the follow-up #GRATEFUL available this year just in time for the holidays. With the success of #SOBLESSED, and its star-studded audio version, A.F. brought the book to the stage in concert form. After two sold-out runs at 54 Below, the show is back for what might be its final performance ever, Monday, July 27th at 9:30 pm. As always, the show benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.


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