Matt Tamanini

Matt Tamanini

Matt is BroadwayWorld's Senior TV and Film critic, and is an editor at BWW Orlando. He is a proud graduate of The Ohio State University and has worked in sports media relations, as a theatre director, producer, and teacher, and he is the Executive and Co-Artistic Director of The Squeaky Wheel Theatre Project in Orlando, Florida. He also hosts BroadwayWorld's "Some Like it Pop" podcast. You can connect with Matt through Twitter @BWWMatt.

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Prepare for The Ensemblist's 5/22 Live Show with Greene, Krupin, Lyons, Some of Broadway's Best Singer/SongwritersPrepare for The Ensemblist's Live Show w/ some of Broadway's Best Singer/Songwriters
Posted: May. 15, 2016


BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL's Emotional Musical Journey is One of Dr. Phillips Center's BestBWW Review: BEAUTIFUL is Emotional Musical Journey at Dr. Phillips Center
Posted: May. 5, 2016


Orlando Composer Elaine Pechacek's SEASONS to Play Paris Fringe FestivalOrlando Composer Elaine Pechacek's SEASONS to Play Paris Fringe Festival
Posted: May. 20, 2016


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Orlando Composer Elaine Pechacek's SEASONS to Play Paris Fringe FestivalOrlando Composer Elaine Pechacek's SEASONS to Play Paris Fringe Festival
May 20, 2016

SEASONS The Musical, written by American award winning composer Elaine Pechacek and co-writer Katie Hammond, is set to debut in the first ever Paris Fringe Festival. The Festival runs May 23rd - 29th at the Theatre des Feux de La Rampe and will feature over 20 shows. SEASONS, having won Best of Fest out of 100+ shows in the Orlando, Florida Fringe Festival in 2014, is honored to be one of only three musicals featured in the inaugural Paris Fringe Festival. Broadway Au Carre, a Paris based production company, along with American based Squeaky Wheel Theatre Project have joined forces to bring you this fresh and new interpretation of SEASONS The Musical exclusively for Paris audiences!
Prepare for The Ensemblist's 5/22 Live Show with Greene, Krupin, Lyons, Some of Broadway's Best Singer/SongwritersPrepare for The Ensemblist's 5/22 Live Show with Greene, Krupin, Lyons, Some of Broadway's Best Singer/Songwriters
May 15, 2016

On Sunday, May 22nd at 8:15pm, 'The Ensemblist' podcast will be hosting a live show as part of the 2016 NYC Podfest. The only podcast that shows you Broadway from the inside out, will be featuring three Broadway singer-songwriters John Arthur Greene, Janet Krupin, and Douglas Lyons.
BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL's Emotional Musical Journey is One of Dr. Phillips Center's BestBWW Review: BEAUTIFUL's Emotional Musical Journey is One of Dr. Phillips Center's Best
May 5, 2016

Unsurprisingly, the crowd at Orlando's Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts for the Opening Night performance of the Tony-winning musical BEAUTIFUL, the final show of the 2015-2016 Broadway in Orlando season, was filled with baby boomers. Not only does that age group line up with traditional theatergoing demographics, but it also encompasses the generations that grew up listening to the music of the legendary songwriter and reluctant performer, Carole King, the show's inspiration. However, the musical, playing through Sunday, May 8th, will almost certainly appeal to music (and musical) lovers of all ages. In fact, the timeless tunes, inventive staging, and dynamite performances make BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL one of the most universally appealing shows in the Dr. Phillips Center's brief year and a half history.
BroadwayRadio Releases First Episode of 'Literally Patti Murin: The Podcast' with Andrew RannellsBroadwayRadio Releases First Episode of 'Literally Patti Murin: The Podcast' with Andrew Rannells
April 23, 2016

In the inaugural edition of 'Literally Patti Murin: The Podcast,' Broadway's Lysistrata Jones chats with her Broadway BFF, Tony-nominated star of stage and screen, Andrew Rannells ('The Book of Mormon,' 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch,' 'Hamilton'), about Broadway, 'The Bachelor,' and how being on Broadway is like 'The Bachelor.'
BWW Exclusive: Read the First Chapter of Tony-Winning Producer Jack Viertel's Book THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN MUSICALBWW Exclusive: Read the First Chapter of Tony-Winning Producer Jack Viertel's Book THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN MUSICAL
April 19, 2016

In THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN MUSICAL, Jack Viertel takes about musicals, puts them back together, sings their praises, marvels at their unflagging inventiveness, and occasionally despairs over their more embarrassing shortcomings. In the process, he invites us to fall in love with the art form all over again by showing us how musicals happen, what makes them work, how they captivate audiences, and how one landmark show leads to the next-by design or by accident, by emulation or by rebellion from OKLAHOMA! to HAMILTON and onward.
BWW Review: Ambitious BRING IT ON's Stars Shine at Wayne Densch PACBWW Review: Ambitious BRING IT ON's Stars Shine at Wayne Densch PAC
April 4, 2016

For community theatres, producing a musical can be ambitious for any number of reasons; the difficulty of the music, the complexity of the dramatic content, the number of settings required, the size of the cast needed, but it is difficult to imagine a more ambitious project than the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center's recent production of BRING IT ON THE MUSICAL. Though the stage adaptation's story, script, and score are completely original, they do draw inspiration from the series of teen films of the same name set in the high-stakes world of competitive high school cheerleading. Against that backdrop, the story is a funny, surprisingly touching tale of female empowerment and friendship.
BWW Review: DIRTY DANCING is a Disappointing Disservice to Original FilmBWW Review: DIRTY DANCING is a Disappointing Disservice to Original Film
March 30, 2016

Since the dawn of the genre, stage shows have been adapted from various sources; books, other plays, poems, historical events, and, increasingly over the past two decades, movies. The best projects based on movies take what is special from the source material and use that as inspiration to form a fresh stage adaptation. However, the DIRTY DANCING National Tour, playing at Orlando's Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts through Sunday, April 3rd, focuses so intently on recreating the minutia of the film, that it completely misses what made it so captivating in the first place; authentic, compelling characters and an intimate, passionate story.
BWW Interview: Jenny Winton on Transition from Ballet Dancing to DIRTY DANCINGBWW Interview: Jenny Winton on Transition from Ballet Dancing to DIRTY DANCING
March 29, 2016

Though there are obvious similarities, the life of a professional ballet dancer and the life of a musical theatre actor are quite different. From the physical demands to the numberof performances, transitioning from one to the other is no small feat. Just ask Jennifer Winton, who playsJohnny Castle's original dance partner, Penny Johnson, in the DIRTY DANCING musical thatopens its week-long run at Orlando'sDr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts tonight.
BWW Review: Mad Cow's LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT is an Uneven American MasterpieceBWW Review: Mad Cow's LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT is an Uneven American Masterpiece
March 28, 2016

Eugene O'Neill's epic LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT is undoubtedly one of the most venerated works of the American theatre. With a star-studded Broadway revival set to open in April, it is a show that is never far from the theatergoing public's consciousness. While that can be a blessing for theatre companies anxious to attract audiences based on the title's Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning resume, it can also mean that memories of previous incarnations can set the bar unattainably high. Orlando's Mad Cow Theatre has assembled an impressive cast for their production running through April 17th, however, for nearly all of the show's four-hour running timing, the four incredibly talented actors seem to be performing four very different versions of the play. Irrespective of each other, they each have moments where they are moving, and even mesmerizing, but when placed together into the show's larger context, the disjointed perspectives become distracting. From mismatched accents to the production's ever-shifting tone, it's difficult to hone in on director Mark Edward Smith's specific voice for this masterpiece of family drama.
BWW Review: THE WHALE is a Difficult Tale of Grief, Regret at Garden TheatreBWW Review: THE WHALE is a Difficult Tale of Grief, Regret at Garden Theatre
March 25, 2016

For most people, it is extremely difficult to watch another person struggle, especially when it comes to doing the most mundane of tasks. That could be why it is so challenging to watch Beth Marshall Presents and the Garden Theatre's jarring production of THE WHALE, directed by Rob Winn Anderson and running through April 3rd in Winter Garden. The play, by award-winning writer Samuel D. Hunter, tells the story of morbidly obese shut-in Charlie, and his struggles to regain control of what is left of his life.
BWW Review: Theatre UCF's Sparkling SHE LOVES ME is One of the Year's BestBWW Review: Theatre UCF's Sparkling SHE LOVES ME is One of the Year's Best
March 24, 2016

Last Thursday night, 1,079 miles apart, two different casts celebrated triumphant openings of the classic Bock and Harnick musical SHE LOVES ME. In New York City, the Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway revival opened with a cast of Tony winners and TV stars, while here in Central Florida, Theatre UCF's production might not boast a cast quite as famous, but it is no doubt just as spectacular.
BWW Interview: Mitzi Maxwell Discusses Mad Cow's Science Play FestivalBWW Interview: Mitzi Maxwell Discusses Mad Cow's Science Play Festival
March 24, 2016

Beginning tonight at Orlando's Mad Cow Theatre, their third annual Science Play Festival begins at 8:00pm with a reading of Sarah Treem's play about evolution THE HOW AND THE WHY. On Friday night, there will be a reading ofNick Payne's Broadway hit CONSTELLATIONS, and Mad Cow will close the festival on Saturday with a reading ofTom Stoppard's classic play ARCADIA.
BWW Interview: Jeremy Price on What It Takes to be a StomperBWW Interview: Jeremy Price on What It Takes to be a Stomper
March 23, 2016

For over 25 years, STOMP's unique blend of percussion, dance, and theatricality has been thrilling audiences around the world. After launching in the UK in 1991, STOMP has been playing Off-Broadway since 1994 and touring across the globe ever since. A cultural phenomenon, STOMP has performed at the Lincoln Memorial, in the West End, at the Olympic Closing Ceremonies, and in their own IMAX movie.
Patti Murin Discusses Message Board Reforms on BroadwayRadioPatti Murin Discusses Message Board Reforms on BroadwayRadio
March 13, 2016

On the latest episode of BroadwayRadio's 'This Week on Broadway,' James Marino, Michel Portantiere, and Matt Tamanini chat with Broadway's Patti Murin about her recent efforts to reform theatrical message boards. In the discussion, she addresses what led to her initial blog post, the pushback she has had from online posters, and the positive response that she received from BroadwayWorld's Editor-in-Chief Robert Diamond.
BWW Review: Audra McDonald Reaffirms Her Singular Brilliance in HBO's LADY DAYBWW Review: Audra McDonald Reaffirms Her Singular Brilliance in HBO's LADY DAY
March 12, 2016

There is an undeniable electricity that the world's greatest bring to everything that they do. There is something nearly tangible, yet dizzyingly elusive about watching legends at their best; that is how I felt when six-time Tony-winner Audra McDonald became the troubled Jazz icon Billie Holiday in tonight's broadcast of LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL on HBO. Though the material itself doesn't always rise to the level of its star's genius, the transformative power of McDonald's talent transports you into a completely different time and place; namely the small Emerson's Bar and Grill in Philadelphia in March 1959.
BWW Interview: Tony Winner Brian Dennehy on Why He Returns to Theatre, New Film KNIGHT OF CUPSBWW Interview: Tony Winner Brian Dennehy on Why He Returns to Theatre, New Film KNIGHT OF CUPS
March 13, 2016

Few actors have had a career to rival that of Brian Dennehy, either in terms of success or longevity. With over 150 on-screen credits, the 77-year-old actor has earned a Golden Globe Award and six Emmy nominations. However, it is his decades of experience on the stage that keep his artistic batteries running. 'I work in the theatre a lot, and in the theatre I can call upon the geniuses that may be with us, and may not be; Arthur Miller or Eugene O'Neill or Beckett or Shakespeare or Chekov,' he said. 'However dead they may be, their work is not dead. It is possible to breathe new life and new oxygen and new ideas into those wonderful pieces of work. So I don't depend upon Hollywood, or the studios, or movies, or television, although I work in them and certainly won't say no, but I don't depend on them for intellectual stimulus or satisfaction.'
BWW Interview: THE LADY JULIANA Has Taken Orlando's Elaine Pechacek Around the World & Back AgainBWW Interview: THE LADY JULIANA Has Taken Orlando's Elaine Pechacek Around the World & Back Again
March 10, 2016

The past year has been a whirlwind of travel, workshops, research, and re-writes for Orlando area composer Elaine Pechacek. On January 18th, 2015, the musical theatre writer debuted four songs from her latest musical THE LADY JULIANA at a new works concert near Rollins College, and then in April, she premiered a 10 song version in Winter Park. From there, her latest work has taken her to England, Australia, and later this month, to France.
Hosts of BroadwayWorld's 'Some Like it Pop' Podcast Chat Top-10 Favorite MusicalsHosts of BroadwayWorld's 'Some Like it Pop' Podcast Chat Top-10 Favorite Musicals
March 2, 2016

In our first List-O-Palooza episode, we counted down our Top 10 Favorite Plays (listen here). In this new episode, which you can listen to below, we reveal our Top-10 Favorite Musicals of All-Time. We apologize for any mispronunciations, we try to do the best we can, but talking is hard y'all.
Preview All of the Shows in 2016-2017 Broadway in Orlando SeriesPreview All of the Shows in 2016-2017 Broadway in Orlando Series
March 2, 2016

On Monday, Orlando's Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts announced the eight shows that would comprise the 2016-2017 Broadway Season. Since 2014, the gorgeous Walt Disney Theater has been Central Florida's home for the best in theatrical entertainment, and the Dr. Phillips Center has pulled out all of the stops for next season.
BWW's Film Critic Live Blogs the 2016 Academy AwardsBWW's Film Critic Live Blogs the 2016 Academy Awards
February 28, 2016

While they're no Tonys, THE ACADEMY AWARDS are kind of a big deal for showbiz folks. So, throughout the week, BroadwayWorld has been covering the 2016 Oscars from a decidedly theatre perspective, and tonight will be no different. Beginning at 7:00pm ET, one of the stars of the upcoming Broadway show NERDS THE MUSICAL, Patti Murin, will be live-blogging the Oscars' Red Carpet.


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