Matt Tamanini

Matt Tamanini

Matt is BroadwayWorld's Senior TV and Film critic, and works behind-the-scenes at BWW as well. He is a proud graduate of The Ohio State University and has worked in professional and collegiate sports, as a theatre director, producer, and teacher, and he is a podcast host and producer with BroadwayRadio. He also hosts BroadwayWorld's pop culture podcast, "Some Like it Pop." You can connect with Matt through Twitter @BWWMatt.

 




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Podcast: LISTEN to Act II of Musical 36 QUESTIONS, Starring Jonathan Groff and Jessie Shelton36 QUESTIONS Act II w/ Jonathan Groff & Jessie Shelton
Posted: Jul. 24, 2017


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Public Theater Releases  Statement on Controversy Surrounding Trump-Themed JULIUS CAESARPublic Theater Releases Statement on Trump-Themed JULIUS CAESAR
Posted: Jun. 12, 2017


UPDATE: Delta and Bank of America Pull Public Theater Sponsorship Following Trump-Themed JULIUS CAESARUPDATE: Delta & Bank of America Pull Public Theater Sponsorship
Posted: Jun. 11, 2017


Tony-Winner Laura Benanti Welcomes First Child on Valentine's DayTony-Winner Laura Benanti Welcomes First Child on Valentine's Day
Posted: Feb. 14, 2017


BWW Interview: Donna Lynne Champlin Previews Paula's Turn in Season 2 of CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIENDBWW Interview: Donna Lynne Champlin Previews CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND Season 2
Posted: Oct. 21, 2016


BWW Interview: Marc Kudisch Talks BILLIONS, Changing Landscape of Theatre and TelevisionBWW Interview: Marc Kudisch on BILLIONS, Changes in Theatre & TV
Posted: Feb. 26, 2017


Podcast: LISTEN to Act II of Musical 36 QUESTIONS, Starring Jonathan Groff and Jessie SheltonPodcast: LISTEN to Act II of Musical 36 QUESTIONS, Starring Jonathan Groff and Jessie Shelton
July 24, 2017

Earlier this month, the podcasting company Two-Up launched something unlike anything heard before, a three-part musical called 36 QUESTIONS. The audio show stars Tony-nomineeJonathan Groff (SPRING AWAKENING, HAMILTON, FROZEN)and Jessie Shelton, most recently seen Off-Broadway in HADESTOWN.

Public Theater Releases  Statement on Controversy Surrounding Trump-Themed JULIUS CAESARPublic Theater Releases Statement on Controversy Surrounding Trump-Themed JULIUS CAESAR
June 12, 2017

Following news that two major sponsors, Delta Air Lines and Bank of America had pulled financial support for The Public Theater in response to their Donald Trump-Themed Shakespeare in the Park production of JULIUS CAESAR, the Public Theater has released a statement.

VIDEO: Watch the Tonys Acceptance Speeches You Missed During the CommercialsVIDEO: Watch the Tonys Acceptance Speeches You Missed During the Commercials
June 11, 2017

While everyone was grabbing drinks or a snack from the kitchen during the Tony Awards commercial breaks, Creative Arts hosts King Georges Brian d'Arcy James and Jonathan Groff were presenting Tony Awards in the categories of Best Lighting Design Play, Best Lighting Design in a Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Orchestrations, and Best Choreography.

Video: Check Out James Earl Jones, Baayork Lee, and the Pre-Broadcast Acceptance SpeechesVideo: Check Out James Earl Jones, Baayork Lee, and the Pre-Broadcast Acceptance Speeches
June 11, 2017

Before the Tony Awards broadcast began on CBS, the American Theatre Wing handed out a handful of Creative Arts Awards, along with the Lifetime Achievement and theIsabelle StevensonAward. Check out all of the pre-broadcast acceptance speeches below.The legendary James Earl Jones was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award andBaayork Leewasthis year's recipient of the Isabelle Stevenson Award.

UPDATE: Delta and Bank of America Pull Public Theater Sponsorship Following Trump-Themed JULIUS CAESARUPDATE: Delta and Bank of America Pull Public Theater Sponsorship Following Trump-Themed JULIUS CAESAR
June 11, 2017

On Sunday night, Delta Air Lines announced that they were ending their four-year-old sponsorship agreement with the Public Theater over their current Shakespeare in the Park production of JULIUS CAESAR. The play, which is set to open at Central Park's Delacorte Theatre on Monday, depicts the Roman dictator in a way that calls to mind President Donald Trump.

Stephanie J. Block Confirms on BWW Red Carpet Live-stream that FALSETTOS is Coming to PBS this OctoberStephanie J. Block Confirms on BWW Red Carpet Live-stream that FALSETTOS is Coming to PBS this October
June 11, 2017

On BroadwayWorld's Tony Awards red carpet live-stream, Tony-nominee Stephanie J. Block confirmed to our Ben Cameron that the Tony-nominated revival of FALSETTOS will be broadcast on PBS this October.

Ben Platt Confirms That His Voice Is Back After Two Days of Vocal Rest, Will Return to DEAR EVAN HANSEN on TuesdayBen Platt Confirms That His Voice Is Back After Two Days of Vocal Rest, Will Return to DEAR EVAN HANSEN on Tuesday
June 11, 2017

Earlier this week, BroadwayWorld reported that Tony-nominee Ben Platt had been put on vocal rest as the hectic awards season wound down. The DEAR EVAN HANSEN star tweeted that he was going to take a few performances off in order to be in tip-top shape for the Tony Awards performance.

From SWEENEY TODD to BANDSTAND to GREAT COMET, the Ins and Outs of Actor/MusiciansFrom SWEENEY TODD to BANDSTAND to GREAT COMET, the Ins and Outs of Actor/Musicians
June 11, 2017

Music has been a part of theatre since the dawn of the genre; from the origins of the Greek chorus to opera to Vaudeville to and to musical theatre. However, in recent years the line between the music and the theatre on Broadway has become more blurred as in unique and creative ways, we have seen performers serving as both actors and musicians.

BWW Interview: MATILDA's Keisha T. Fraser Promises a 'Magical,' 'Spell-Binding' Experience at the Dr. Phillip's CenterBWW Interview: MATILDA's Keisha T. Fraser Promises a 'Magical,' 'Spell-Binding' Experience at the Dr. Phillip's Center
May 9, 2017

There is something magical, and just a little bit naughty, in the air at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts this week. Starting tonight and running through Sunday, May 14th, the national tour of MATILDA THE MUSICAL sets up shop in Orlando. With a book by Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, the Tony-winning production ran for nearly four years on Broadway, closing this past January.

Did You Know... Our Favorite Fun Facts About the 2017 Tony Nominees!Did You Know... Our Favorite Fun Facts About the 2017 Tony Nominees!
May 2, 2017

The 2017 Tony nominations were announced this morning. If you haven't checked them out yet, what are you waiting for?! CLICK HERE to check out a full list of this year's nominees, and HERE for reactions from the lucky few!

Explore the 'Six Degrees' Between SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION CastsExplore the 'Six Degrees' Between SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION Casts
April 30, 2017

By now, the idea has morphed into a pop-culture game lampooning (or honoring) one of our most prolific actors, but when John Guare's play, Six Degrees of Separation, debuted on Broadway in 1990, the idea that everyone on the planet was connected through a web of just six other people was a hard to imagine. So, to celebrate the 27-year history of Guare's play, we are going to attempt to connect the stars who originated the main roles on Broadway to the actors that assumed them for the revival, using only Broadway credits; hopefully we can get there in just six 'degrees.'

BWW Review: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, VOL 2 is Marvel at its Comedic and Emotional BestBWW Review: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, VOL 2 is Marvel at its Comedic and Emotional Best
May 5, 2017

I settled into a screening of VOL. 2, it was with a twinge of nervousness that the sequel would not live up to the original's greatness and impact. While I doubt that GUARDIANS 2 will do much of anything to reinvent the now familiar narratives of silly superhero movies, in many ways, the follow-up

Apply to Be BroadwayWorld's Database and Theatre History Intern for Summer 2017!Apply to Be BroadwayWorld's Database and Theatre History Intern for Summer 2017!
April 12, 2017

Is Jen Tepper your idol? Trick question, Jen Tepper is everyone's idol. While there will never be another Jen Tepper, if she has inspired you to become a theatre historian, then BroadwayWorld.com, the largest theatre site on the internet, has the perfect Summer 2017 Semester internship for you. The BWW Database and History Intern will help maintain the largest theatrical database in the world and will write original pieces chronicling the history of shows, performers, artists, theatres, the Tonys, and more for publication on BroadwayWorld.

BWW Review: Charming, Irreverent SPEECH & DEBATE Speaks to the Drama Kid in All of UsBWW Review: Charming, Irreverent SPEECH & DEBATE Speaks to the Drama Kid in All of Us
April 7, 2017

There is a palpable need for acceptance running through every moment of the charming and irreverent film adaptation of Stephen Karam's quirky SPEECH & DEBATE. The story's three central characters are each longing for acceptance from their peers, their loved ones, or themselves in the way that is all too familiar for anyone who's ever been an awkward teenager. With loving references to the theatrical world, this delightful little film is a must-see for the drama kid in all of us.

UCF Arts & Humanities Dean, Jeff Moore, Issues Statement in Defense of National Endowment for the ArtsUCF Arts & Humanities Dean, Jeff Moore, Issues Statement in Defense of National Endowment for the Arts
April 5, 2017

In light of the news that the current presidential administration has recommended eliminating funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, Jeff Moore, the Dean, of the College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Central issued a statement on the importance of the NEA's funding just days before UCF's signature artistic event UCF Celebrates the Arts. The week of events will take place at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts from April 7th-14th, and will include performances, displays, discussions, and more from all of the schools in the College of Arts & Humanities.

BWW Exclusive Images: Tony-Winner Laura Benanti and Husband Patrick Brown Introduce Baby Ella Rose to the WorldBWW Exclusive Images: Tony-Winner Laura Benanti and Husband Patrick Brown Introduce Baby Ella Rose to the World
March 16, 2017

As BroadwayWorld reported, on Valentine's Day, Tony-winning stage and screen star Laura Benanti and her husband Patrick Brown welcomed their first child, daughter Ella Rose Benanti-Brown. In the month since, Benanti and Brown have been quiet about the the adorable addition to their family, but yesterday, People released the exclusive first images of the young family, and today BroadwayWorld brings you two new exclusive images.

BWW Review: THE LITTLE MERMAID is Silly, Inconsequential Fun at the Dr. Phillips CenterBWW Review: THE LITTLE MERMAID is Silly, Inconsequential Fun at the Dr. Phillips Center
March 8, 2017

Last night, Ariel and her underwater friends swam into the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts for a weeklong stay, appropriately at the Walt Disney Theatre. The limited engagement, which originated at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre in November 2016, is a silly dose of fun and nostalgia for theatregoers of all ages. Though there are performances and elements that seem less than fitting for the grand Dr. Phillips stage, the show as a whole ends up being more than the sum of its parts.

BroadwayWorld's Live 89th Academy Awards Live BlogBroadwayWorld's Live 89th Academy Awards Live Blog
February 26, 2017

Tonight, BroadwayWorld's Senior TV and Film Critic, Matt Tamanini will be live blogging the 89th Academy Awards, so join him as ceremony gets underway at 8:30 p.m. EST. With movie-musical LA LA LAND and stage-to-screen adaptation FENCES nominated for Best Picture and playwrights Kenneth Lonergan, Tarell Alvin McCraney, and Robert Schenkkan with works nominated in the category as well, the ceremony is shaping up to be quite theatrical.

BWW Interview: FENCES Star Russell Hornsby Discuss the Joys & Responsibilities of Performing August Wilson's WorksBWW Interview: FENCES Star Russell Hornsby Discuss the Joys & Responsibilities of Performing August Wilson's Works
February 26, 2017

Since 2011, Russell Hornsby's career has taken him to Portland, OR as Detective Hank Griffin on NBC's supernatural drama, GRIMM. However, 2016 brought him back to his roots. Though he has had considerable success on screens large and small, the actor has always found a home in the works of August Wilson. Hornsby won a Drama Desk Award as part of the cast of the original Off-Broadway cast of JITNEY in 2000, and earned a Lortel nomination in 2007 for playing the title role in KING HEDLEY II. But, it was his Broadway debut in 2010's revival of FENCES set him on his path to the Academy Awards.

BWW Interview: Marc Kudisch Talks BILLIONS, Changing Landscape of Theatre and TelevisionBWW Interview: Marc Kudisch Talks BILLIONS, Changing Landscape of Theatre and Television
February 26, 2017

Anyone familiar with the career of three-time Tony-nominee Marc Kudisch knows two things about him; 1) he is one of the most talented stage actors of his generation, and 2) he is as passionate as he is talented. Despite more than two decades of success on the New York stage, including 13 Broadway and seven Off-Broadway shows, countless readings, benefits, and concerts, and additional regional productions, the actor has been popping up on television much more frequently recently. Partly by choice, and partly because of the evolving landscapes of theatre and television, Kudisch has consciously made on-screen roles more a part of his plan in recent years, in fact, he begins an explosive Season 2 arc on Showtime's BILLIONS tonight as the new Axe Capital corporate therapist, Dr. Gus. BILLIONS airs on Sundays at 10p/9c.



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