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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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Craig Zadan Confirms PIPPIN Film Up Next for Him and MeronCraig Zadan Confirms PIPPIN Film Up Next for Him and Meron
Posted: Dec. 29, 2014


SPOILER ALERT! Recap and Review: GALAVANT Debuts with Singing Knights, Damsels in Distress, and John StamosSPOILER ALERT! Review: GALAVANT Debuts with Knights, Damsels, Stamos
Posted: Jan. 4, 2015


Theater People Podcast Welcomes WICKED, GODSPELL, DOGFIGHT's Lindsay MendezTheater People Podcast Welcomes WICKED, GODSPELL, DOGFIGHT's Lindsay Mendez
Posted: Dec. 28, 2014


BWW Interview: GALAVANT's Mallory Jansen Chats Being an Evil Queen, Singing on Broadway, and a Potential Second SeasonGALAVANT's Mallory Jansen Chats Being Evil Queen, Broadway, Second Season
Posted: Jan. 19, 2015


LAST 365 DAYS

AMERICAN IDOL Recap: Another Week, Another Wrong Contestant Sent HomeAMERICAN IDOL Recap: Another Week, Another Wrong Contestant Sent Home
Posted: Apr. 17, 2014


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


Gone Viral: John Travolta Introduces 'Adela Dazeem' at Oscars; Twitter ExplodesGone Viral: John Travolta Introduces 'Adela Dazeem' at Oscars; Twitter Explodes
Posted: Mar. 2, 2014


BWW Review: Winter Park Playhouse's THE RAT PACK LOUNGE Hits All of the Classic Crooner NotesBWW Review: Winter Park Playhouse's THE RAT PACK LOUNGE Hits All of the Classic Crooner Notes
January 26, 2015

Your last name doesn't have to end in a vowel to know that there has ever been a cooler group of people to walk the earth than the Rat Pack. In The Winter Park Playhouse's latest show, THE RAT PACK LOUNGE, Frank, Dean, and Sammy (do they even need last names?) get a second chance to bring their unique brand of cool back to their home away from home, the Vegas Strip. The show runs through February 14th, and while every performance is completely sold out, WPP does occasionally have cancellations, so check with the theatre's box office for available performances.
BWW Feature: Sondheim's Most Hummable SongsBWW Feature: Sondheim's Most Hummable Songs
January 25, 2015

After seeing the new INTO THE WOODS movie twice over the holidays, I posted on Twitter about how two of the songs had stuck with me. After a tweet conversation, my BWW colleague Jeff Walker and I decided to put our heads together to try and come up with a list of Sondheim's most hummable tunes. Despite not discussing it beforehand, Jeff ended up picking songs from the 1960s and 70s, and I filled in the gaps with numbers from the 80s and 90s.
BWW Interview: Vinnie Jones Promises Big Twist in GALAVANT FinaleBWW Interview: Vinnie Jones Promises Big Twist in GALAVANT Finale
January 25, 2015

For the past 16 years, Vinnie Jones has been Hollywood's go-to British tough guy. Starting with Guy Ritchie's LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING in 1998, Jones has been beating guys up with a British accent for years. Now, he is starring as King Richard's loyal enforcer on ABC's comedy GALAVANT; just don't tell him it's a musical comedy.
BWW Interview: Brown, Murney, Scott, Young Chat Bringing JRB's SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD to Cocoa BeachBWW Interview: Brown, Murney, Scott, Young Chat Bringing JRB's SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD to Cocoa Beach
January 22, 2015

The incredible talent and empowering storytelling of Broadway will soon be gracing Florida's shores with two star-studded performances of Jason Robert Brown's beloved 1995 musical SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD. On Friday, January 23rd, an all-star cast of Broadway favorites will perform this incredible show at Cocoa Beach's DoubleTree by Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront as part of a benefit for the Cocoa Beach Chamber of Commerce.
BWW Interview: KINKY BOOTS' Ellyn Marie Marsh Discusses 'Inappropriate' Encore at 54 BelowBWW Interview: KINKY BOOTS' Ellyn Marie Marsh Discusses 'Inappropriate' Encore at 54 Below
January 20, 2015

Do you love musical theatre? Of course you do. Do you love ridiculously talented musical theatre professionals delivering insanely funny versions of classic songs? That goes without saying, right? Well in that case, you must get to 54 Below on January 31st at 11:30pm for the encore presentation of Ellyn Marie Marsh's solo show 'Inappropriate.'
BWW Interview: GALAVANT's Mallory Jansen Chats Being an Evil Queen, Singing on Broadway, and a Potential Second SeasonBWW Interview: GALAVANT's Mallory Jansen Chats Being an Evil Queen, Singing on Broadway, and a Potential Second Season
January 19, 2015

The biggest TV surprise of 2015 hasn't been Gina Rodriguez winning a Golden Globe for JANE THE VIRGIN or the success of EMPIRE on Fox, it has been the fact that ABC's new musical comedy extravaganza GALAVANT has been a critical and ratings hit. The show, from the minds of Dan Fogelman, Glenn Slater, and Alan Menken, tells a rather unusual fairy tale, and at the center is the unconventional evil queen Madalena.
BUT, WAIT! WHAT? Patti Murin Answers the BWW TV Ten; Chats BACHELOR, ROYAL PAINS, MoreBUT, WAIT! WHAT? Patti Murin Answers the BWW TV Ten; Chats BACHELOR, ROYAL PAINS, More
January 19, 2015

If you are a regular reader of BWW TV, you know that we are very fortunate to have Broadway's biggest BACHELOR fan, Patti Murin, recapping the show for us every week. However, there is far more to Patti's TV viewing habits than just Rose Ceremonies and Fantasy Suites. In the first edition of BWW's TV Ten, I asked Patti 10 questions about her favorite TV shows and her experiences as a TV star. She talks her favorite shows, HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL, and her BACHELOR traditions.
BWW Interview: Patrick Hinds Chats Having a Laura Osnes 'Do Over' at Theater People Live ShowBWW Interview: Patrick Hinds Chats Having a Laura Osnes 'Do Over' at Theater People Live Show
January 9, 2015

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, the extremely popular Theater People Podcast will host its first ever live show this Sunday, January 11th, at 5:30pm at Fontana's in Manhattan. The special episode will feature two-time Tony nominee Laura Osnes and a special performance from KINKY BOOTS' Ellyn Marie Marsh.
SPOILER ALERT! Recap and Review: GALAVANT Debuts with Singing Knights, Damsels in Distress, and John StamosSPOILER ALERT! Recap and Review: GALAVANT Debuts with Singing Knights, Damsels in Distress, and John Stamos
January 4, 2015

After what seems like three years of commercials, ABC finally debuted its new musical series GALAVANT tonight. As I'm sure you know, this eight-episode, four-week 'event' features lyrics by Tony-nominee and Grammy-winner Glenn Slater and music by Grammy, Oscar, and Tony-winner Alan Menken; who seems to be in desperate search for the Emmy to round out his EGOT.
Squeaky Wheel Theatre Project to Host New Composers & Works Showcase 1/18Squeaky Wheel Theatre Project to Host New Composers & Works Showcase 1/18
January 2, 2015

SQUEAKY WHEEL THEATRE PROJECT is proud to announce its very first New Composers & Works Showcase to be held on Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 7:30pm in Winter Park, FL. Squeaky Wheel Theatre Project's Artistic Director, Elaine Pechacek, has long wanted to create opportunities for up-in-coming and established composers to experiment with new concepts in the realm of musical theater. Elaine, a composer herself, understands that not only is exposure crucial for new writers to succeed, but so is building strong networks and safe environments for creativity to thrive. Elaine hopes that Squeaky Wheel Theatre Project becomes just that for our composers in the Central Florida community.
Howard Sherman Sparks #MakeAShowPerkier TopicHoward Sherman Sparks #MakeAShowPerkier Topic
December 30, 2014

Earlier today, theatre administrator and former Executive Director of the American Theatre Wing, Howard Sherman kicked off a Twitter topic aimed at the most creative theatre fans online. Sherman, known for his creative social media presence started the fun with the tweet below:
Craig Zadan Confirms PIPPIN Film Up Next for Him and MeronCraig Zadan Confirms PIPPIN Film Up Next for Him and Meron
December 29, 2014

With Disney's adaptation of INTO THE WOODS earning the largest box office figures for any movie musical adapted from a Broadway show in history, legendary stage, TV, and film producer Craig Zadan took to Twitter to confirm that he and partner Neil Meron will next be helming the big screen adaptation of Stephen Schwartz's classic musical PIPPIN.
Theater People Podcast Welcomes WICKED, GODSPELL, DOGFIGHT's Lindsay MendezTheater People Podcast Welcomes WICKED, GODSPELL, DOGFIGHT's Lindsay Mendez
December 28, 2014

On Monday, December 29, Theater People podcast welcomes beloved Broadway belter, Lindsay Mendez. Mendez, who is well known for having taken on the role of Elphaba in the Broadway mega-hit WICKED for the show's 10th anniversary, made her Broadway debut as Jan in the 2007 Kathleen Marshall helmed GREASE. She was seen on Broadway in the 2010 Roundabout Theater production of EVERYDAY RAPTURE, as well as the 2011 Broadway revival of GODSPELL before being hand picked by famed director Joe Mantello to star in the off-Broadway Pasek and Paul musical DOGFIGHT at Second Stage. She also memorably appeared alongside Lin-Manuel Miranda in Miranda's short musical 21 CHUMP STREET which was commissioned by the NPR show 'This American Life' and performed at BAM.
BWW's Stage to Screen January 2015 Guide Has Musical Magic for Holidays and BeyondBWW's Stage to Screen January 2015 Guide Has Musical Magic for Holidays and Beyond
December 24, 2014

This holiday season is a great time to be a fan of musical theatre, even if you don't live in the New York tri-state area. Everyone knows that there is nothing like Christmastime in The Big Apple, and that there's nothing more magical to do in NYC than to see a Broadway show. However, this year, you don't have to brave Times Square to get your share of the magic, because with the release of musical movies, television events, and TV series, it's all coming to you. And as always, BroadwayWorld has everything you need to know about these special holiday treats in our brand-new Stage to Screen Guide.
BWW Review: INTO THE WOODS Is a Wish Come True for Fans of Both Theatre and FilmBWW Review: INTO THE WOODS Is a Wish Come True for Fans of Both Theatre and Film
December 19, 2014

For many musical theatre fans, a beloved Broadway musical, fairly faithfully, adapted into a stunning big screen success, is their most treasured of Christmas wishes. In recent years, however, the holidays have brought us near misses (LES MISERABLES), underwhelming disappointments (RENT), and outright abominations (NINE). However, Disney's INTO THE WOODS, opening nationwide on Christmas Day, is those musical theatre fans' wish fulfilled. With a cast of Hollywood A-listers and Broadway alums, all of whom prove more than capable of handling Stephen Sondheim's uniquely intricate and intellectual music and lyrics, this very well might be the most effectively adapted movie musical of the past half century. The lush orchestrations, the gorgeous settings, and the spectacular cast had a smile plastered on my face from the film's first note until its last.
BUT, WAIT! WHAT? Holiday Gift Giving Guide for Pop Culture & Theatre JunkiesBUT, WAIT! WHAT? Holiday Gift Giving Guide for Pop Culture & Theatre Junkies
December 18, 2014

Ok, folks. This is getting dangerous. We are now exactly one week away from Christmas, and you still haven't started finished your shopping yet. And if you celebrate Hanukah, you're in a lot of trouble! So, I decided to help you out with a list of 10 items (in no particular order) that any pop culture fan with a modicum of taste would love to have this year. I've included classic movies, great TV shows, books, CDs, and a lot more; so if you don't find something for the entertainment lover on your list, I don't know what to tell you!
SPOILER ALERT! Recap and Review: Major Superstars Shine as THE VOICE Crowns Season 7 Champion!SPOILER ALERT! Recap and Review: Major Superstars Shine as THE VOICE Crowns Season 7 Champion!
December 16, 2014

Today I had a lengthy Twitter discussion with a few passionate fans of THE VOICE about the increasingly complicated impact of iTunes purchases on the crowning of a champion. Unlike in previous weeks, there is no iTunes x10 bonus tonight, but the contestants will get cumulative credit for every song sold on iTunes starting with Top 12 week. I wanted to link to the official voting rules on NBC's website, but mysteriously they have taken it down since this morning; adding even more full to the conspiracy fire that always surrounds the finales of competition reality shows. If you want to try and prognosticate based on iTunes rankings from around the end of voting, PopVortex has a good breakdown.
ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND Ballet Hits US Movie Theatres, Beginning TodayALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND Ballet Hits US Movie Theatres, Beginning Today
December 16, 2014

Tumble down the rabbit hole this holiday season with an as-live performance of Christopher Wheeldon's magical Alice's Adventures in Wonderland screening in U.S. theaters today, December 16. Alternative Content will bring encore screenings to U.S. theaters throughout January 2015.
SPOILER ALERT! Recap and Review: THE VOICE Final Four Sing on Performance Finale 12/15; Full Review and Pictures!SPOILER ALERT! Recap and Review: THE VOICE Final Four Sing on Performance Finale 12/15; Full Review and Pictures!
December 15, 2014

Well, nearly three months after Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams, and Blake Shelton first hit their 'I Want You' buttons on Season 7 of THE VOICE, we have made it to the finale. 70 artists auditioned for the coaches, 48 were chosen for a team, 20 sang for America's vote, and now only four remain with the hope of being crowned this season's champion. Chris Jamison, Craig Wayne Boyd, Matt McAndrew, and the Wild Card-winning Damien will sing tonight.
Theater People Podcast Counts Down Top-10 MomentsTheater People Podcast Counts Down Top-10 Moments
December 15, 2014

To celebrate their first year of podcasting, the Theater People Podcast is counting down its Top-10 moments. As he has done before, host Patrick Hinds is giving the BroadwayWorld readers an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at what happens before, during, and after the the tape is rolling.


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