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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 Interview: Norbert Leo Butz Discusses Working with his Idol on Netflix's BLOODLINE, His New Album, MoreBWW Interview: Norbert Leo Butz Discusses Working with his Idol on BLOODLINE
Posted: Apr. 8, 2015


BWW Review: THE STEPHEN SONDHEIM COLLECTION is a Treasure Trove for All Theatre Fans; Available 4/14BWW Review: SONDHEIM COLLECTION is a Treasure Trove for Theatre Fans; Out 4/14
Posted: Apr. 13, 2015


BWW Review: Mad Cow's PHILADELPHIA STORY is a Joyful Classic ComedyBWW Review: Mad Cow's PHILADELPHIA STORY is a Joyful Classic Comedy
Posted: Apr. 7, 2015


BWW Feature: April Showers Show Tunes Bring Young LoveBWW Feature: April Showers Show Tunes Bring Young Love
Posted: Apr. 19, 2015


BWW Review: Rollins' GUYS & DOLLS is Enjoyable, but Lacks Runyan CharmBWW Review: Rollins' GUYS & DOLLS is Enjoyable, but Lacks Runyan Charm
Posted: Apr. 23, 2015


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BWW Review: Rollins' GUYS & DOLLS is Enjoyable, but Lacks Runyan CharmBWW Review: Rollins' GUYS & DOLLS is Enjoyable, but Lacks Runyan Charm
April 23, 2015

At its best, GUYS AND DOLLS will transport you to another time and place. A place where career criminals wear colorful, oddly-patterned suits; speak with humorous, but non-descript accents; and live lives in which their marker is their more sacred than gold. This place is called Runyonland. Unfortunately, as entertaining as Rollins College's production of this classic 'Musical Fable' is, it rarely ever rises to the Runyonland level. Running through Sunday, April 26th at the Annie Russell Theatre, Rollins' GUYS AND DOLLS is enjoyable, and again affirms why the program is one of the most consistent theatre companies in Central Florida, but lacks the joy and whimsy that makes GUYS AND DOLLS one of the greatest examples of the American musical theatre.
BWW Review: PIPPIN Brings Visually, Emotionally Stunning Circus to OrlandoBWW Review: PIPPIN Brings Visually, Emotionally Stunning Circus to Orlando
April 22, 2015

When the curtain hiding the big top is dropped after the opening verses of PIPPIN's first song, it reveals one of the most stunning visual tableaus you will ever see on stage. Acrobats, contortionists, clowns, and dancers line the colorful stage in a dazzling array of theatrical magic. However, as breath-taking as the opening scene is, the musical's impact runs far deeper than just its attractive surface. The show possesses palpable wit, passion, emotion, and a message that should impact theatre-goers of all ages. PIPPIN is, by far, the most exhilarating touring show to come through The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in its first season as host of Orlando's Broadway Series. This visually and emotionally satisfying gem runs through this Sunday, April 26th; don't miss your chance to experience this beautiful corner of the musical theatre sky.
BWW Feature: April Showers Show Tunes Bring Young LoveBWW Feature: April Showers Show Tunes Bring Young Love
April 19, 2015

"April showers may come your way, they bring flowers that bloom in May!" So go the words of the old Tin Pan Alley song. When the days begin to get longer, and the daffodils work to pop up through the dirt, we know that spring is just around the corner. April is that gateway to birds singing, grass growing, and romance blooming. This month we look at spring and the season's sweet rains that give life to young love.
BWW Review: World Premiere BAD DOG Feels Old, Lacks New Tricks at Orlando ShakespeareBWW Review: World Premiere BAD DOG Feels Old, Lacks New Tricks at Orlando Shakespeare
April 16, 2015

There is a tradition in the American theatre popularized by some of our country's greatest playwrights; Eugene O'Neill, Tennessee Williams, Edward Albee and others. Though generally a product of the mid-20th Century, the trend was reignited in 2007 by Tracy Letts' riveting Tony and Pulitzer-winning play AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY. Since, innumerable new works have put a different spin on the dysfunctional family torn asunder by the ramifications of alcohol and drug addiction; and frankly, it's time for that trend to stop.
BWW Review: THE STEPHEN SONDHEIM COLLECTION is a Treasure Trove for All Theatre Fans; Available 4/14BWW Review: THE STEPHEN SONDHEIM COLLECTION is a Treasure Trove for All Theatre Fans; Available 4/14
April 13, 2015

Tomorrow is a day for celebration, musical theatre fans, as Image Entertainment releases THE STEPHEN SONDHEIM COLLECTION. This collection includes some of the most glorious productions of the musical theatre icon's works. Ranging from original Broadway casts to starry-concerts, THE STEPHEN SONDHEIM COLLECTION includes DVDs of five of Sondheim's most influential shows, and a sixth disc of the master's 80th Birthday Concert.
Atlanta Actors Hobbs, De Maria Launch KickStarter to Take New Show to NYMFAtlanta Actors Hobbs, De Maria Launch KickStarter to Take New Show to NYMF
April 11, 2015

THE LAST TIME WE WERE HERE, a new musical by Atlanta performers Jeremiah Parker Hobbs and Jessica De Maria, was recently selected as an invited show to perform at the prestigious New York Musical Theatre Festival. The musical will will play at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in New York City on July 25th and 26th.
BWW Interview: Norbert Leo Butz Discusses Working with his Idol on Netflix's BLOODLINE, His New Album, MoreBWW Interview: Norbert Leo Butz Discusses Working with his Idol on Netflix's BLOODLINE, His New Album, More
April 8, 2015

On March 20, Netflix released its newest critically acclaimed drama BLOODLINE. This dark and twisted tale, which feels like a Southern Gothic novel, tells the story of one seemingly stable family in the Florida Keys, and how their world comes crashing down with the return of the family's black sheep. Recently, I spoke with Norbert Leo Butz about working on such an intense show, collaborating with the incredible cast, the recently announced second season.
BWW Review: Mad Cow's PHILADELPHIA STORY is a Joyful Classic ComedyBWW Review: Mad Cow's PHILADELPHIA STORY is a Joyful Classic Comedy
April 7, 2015

I have to admit, I have a significant gap in my pop culture knowledge. I have never seen the movie version of Philip Barry's play THE PHILADELPHIA STORY, which starred Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and Jimmy Stewart, and garnered six Academy Award nominations in 1940. While I have seen a stage production Cole Porter's musical adaptation, HIGH SOCIETY (which was also a 1956 film), it wasn't until I saw Mad Cow Theatre's production (running through April 19th) that I truly appreciated the charming wit and sophistication of this classic high comedy. Under the direction of Aradhana Tiwari, Mad Cow's cast is an exceptionally talented group that will bring a smile to your heart, and just might bring a sentimental tear to your eye. THE PHILADELPHIA STORY is the most enjoyable Mad Cow mainstage production that I have seen.
Elaine Pechacek to Showcase New Musical THE LADY JULIANA 4/26-4/27Elaine Pechacek to Showcase New Musical THE LADY JULIANA 4/26-4/27
April 2, 2015

On Sunday, April 26th and Monday, April 27th, local award-winning composer Elaine Pechacek and The Squeaky Wheel Theatre Project will present a 60-minute showcase of Pechacek's new musical 'The Lady Juliana,' before the show makes its official world premiere as part of the York New Musical Festival in York, England this May.
Jeff Pew Gives Hilarious Behind the Scenes Tour of FIRST WIVES CLUB Musical in ChicagoJeff Pew Gives Hilarious Behind the Scenes Tour of FIRST WIVES CLUB Musical in Chicago
April 2, 2015

Last week Jeff Pew took fans behind the scenes at the Broadway-Bound musical, THE FIRST WIVES CLUB, which recently closed at Chicago's Oriental Theatre. Pew, who was last seen on Broadway as the understudy for Prince Topher in RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA took Instagram followers on a hilarious backstage tour with special cameos from the FIRST WIVES CLUB cast, including special apperances from the show's stars Carmen Cusack and Tony-winner Faith Prince.
BWW Review: INTO THE WOODS Bluray, DVD Offer Behind the Scenes MagicBWW Review: INTO THE WOODS Bluray, DVD Offer Behind the Scenes Magic
April 1, 2015

Though the magic of the woods is not as spectacular on a TV as it was on the big screen, the vast majority of INTO THE WOODS' enchantment admirably makes the transition to the small screen. Last Christmas, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's beloved Broadway fairy tale took the big screen by storm with a star-studded movie adaptation, and last week Disney released DVD and Blu-Ray versions full of bonus features. Despite all of the extras on the disks, INTO THE WOODS' main draw is still its incredible stars. 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 are just as bewitching as they were in the movie theatre.
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.


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