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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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


SYTYCD Crowns Champ, ON THE TOWN Welcomes Dancer; FULL RESULTS & PICS!SYTYCD Crowns Champ, ON THE TOWN Welcomes Dancer; FULL RESULTS & PICS!
Posted: Sep. 3, 2014


Spoiler Alert! THE VOICE Season 7 Premiere Recap; Full Results & Pics!Spoiler Alert! THE VOICE Season 7 Premiere Recap; Full Results & Pics!
Posted: Sep. 22, 2014


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


AMERICAN IDOL Preview: IDOL Needs a Mount Rushmore ChampionAMERICAN IDOL Preview: IDOL Needs a Mount Rushmore Champion
Posted: May. 20, 2014


Spoiler Alert! THE VOICE Blind Auditions Night Four Recap 9/30; Full Results!Spoiler Alert! THE VOICE Blind Auditions Night Four Recap 9/30; Full Results!
September 30, 2014

Three down, two to go. There were only two Blind Auditions left coming into tonight, and the four VOICE teams were aleady starting to take shape, a fact that the coaches remind us of multiple times throughout the broadcast. Now that each coach has a substantial stable of singers, they are starting to be a bit pickier on who gets them to hit their buttons. Though I believe that this was hands down (pun intended?) the best Blind Audition of the season, there were still some questionable decisions of the chair-turning variety.
VIDEO: Rachel Bloom Inappropriately Announces Santino Fontana Joins Her Showtime PilotVIDEO: Rachel Bloom Inappropriately Announces Santino Fontana Joins Her Showtime Pilot
September 29, 2014

In one of the most inappropriate announcements in entertainment history, Tony-nominee and FROZEN star Santino Fontana has been cast in Showtime comedy pilot CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND. Also part of the cast will be Broadway alum Donna Lynne Champlin. Series creator Rachel Bloom announces the principal cast in perhaps the most insecure way possible.
Spoiler Alert! THE VOICE Recap for Blind Audition Night Three 9/29; Full Results!Spoiler Alert! THE VOICE Recap for Blind Audition Night Three 9/29; Full Results!
September 29, 2014

The first two nights of THE VOICE's Blind Auditions last week, presented us with a lot of ups, but a few uncharacteristic downs from a show that prides itself on having the best singers on reality TV, and the third night wasn't much different. That being said NBC's megahit still provides the most compelling audition process on TV, and makes other singing shows (cough AMERICAN IDOL) look like the minor leagues in terms of talent.
Spoiler Alert! GOTHAM's Gordon Far Too Super to Be TV HeroSpoiler Alert! GOTHAM's Gordon Far Too Super to Be TV Hero
September 29, 2014

Superheroes have been a part of the television landscape almost since the medium was invented. From the days of George Reeves' Superman, to Adam West as Batman, to Hayden Panettiere on HEROES, we have always had a fascination with the idea that extraordinary people, both physically and morally, might be living amongst us.
BWW Interview: Tamala Jones Drops Exciting CASTLE Season 7 NewsBWW Interview: Tamala Jones Drops Exciting CASTLE Season 7 News
September 29, 2014

Recently I spoke with Tamala Jones, who plays Dr. Lanie Parish, on CASTLE. Despite being left in the dark for the entire hiatus, she promises that Season 7 is going to hit the ground running, and there might be something major happening for everyone shipping and writing fan-fiction about 'Esplaine.' Jones also talked about a new role that is very dear to her heart.
But, Wait! What? Fall Broadway Preview w/ Theater People Podcast's Patrick HindsBut, Wait! What? Fall Broadway Preview w/ Theater People Podcast's Patrick Hinds
September 26, 2014

As I said in the initial episode, But, Wait! What? will be a blog and video series that brings you interviews, commentary, and conversations about things from all corners of the pop culture world. In our first video, I discussed the Fall TV season with the creators of the web comedy THE RESIDUALS (they are in the last week of their Season 2 KickStarter, check it out), and this week I talk to Patrick Hinds, the host of the Theater People Podcast, about the star-studded fall season on Broadway.
BWW Interview: Deschanel, Boreanaz Discuss Challenges in BONES Season 10BWW Interview: Deschanel, Boreanaz Discuss Challenges in BONES Season 10
September 25, 2014

Few shows have had the longevity of Fox's hit crime drama BONES. When the show kicks off it's 10th Season tonight at 8:00pm/7:00pm CT, will see FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth still in prison, as his wife, Dr.Temperance 'Bones' Brennan, works to get him exonerated and freed.
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!
September 23, 2014

Two days into THE VOICE Blind Auditions, and I feel like we have already seen more talent than we did in the entire AMERICAN IDOL audition process this past season. While Night One wasn't one of THE VOICE's best premieres, Night Two brought a crap-ton of talent.
BWW Interview: Ben McKenzie Talks GOTHAM's Gordon, Stunts, Facial HairBWW Interview: Ben McKenzie Talks GOTHAM's Gordon, Stunts, Facial Hair
September 23, 2014

One of the most buzzed about premieres of this fall TV season has been Fox's Batman-prequel GOTHAM. The first episode aired last night, and you can read Jeffrey Walker's recap here. Recently I participated in a conference call with GOTHAM star Ben McKenzie. McKenzie (THE O.C., SOUTHLAND) plays Detective James Gordon, who goes on to be Gotham City's legendary Commissioner Gordon. McKenzie discusses playing police officers in very different shows, the draw of comic books shows and movies, and Gordon's iconic facial hair.
Spoiler Alert! THE VOICE Season 7 Premiere Recap; Full Results & Pics!Spoiler Alert! THE VOICE Season 7 Premiere Recap; Full Results & Pics!
September 22, 2014

I'm sorry Blake Shelton, I have rooted for your team since the first season of THE VOICE, but no longer. Yes, you are still one funny, country rapscallion, but I will not be pulling for you to take home your fourth VOICE title. Yes, your single finger 'Pick Me' gesture is still one of the most endearingly dorky things this side of Zooey Deschanel, but I can't in good conscience pick you to win. Yes, I did root for your future wife Miranda Lambert on the first season of NASHVILLE STAR, but I can't root for you anymore. The reason? Two words: Gwen Stefani.
BWW Interview: Rita Wilson Chats Following in Stritch's Shoes at Cafe CarlyleBWW Interview: Rita Wilson Chats Following in Stritch's Shoes at Cafe Carlyle
September 22, 2014

The cliche with actors is that they all 'really just want to direct,' and while there is little doubt that Rita Wilson would probably be great at that too, her career has seen her seamlessly bounce between roles as an actress, producer, and singer and back again. Always looking to conquer another professional hurdle, Wilson is set to follow in the footsteps of the late Elaine Stritch, and set up shop at the famed Cafe Carlyle in New York's Upper East Side for two weeks, starting this Wednesday.
But, Wait! What's Premiering This Week; September 21st-27th?But, Wait! What's Premiering This Week; September 21st-27th?
September 21, 2014

The next week sees the kickoff of the 2014 Fall TV Season, with loads of shows premiering each week. From new shows like MADAM SECRETARY and GOTHAM debuting to fan favorites like THE GOOD WIFE and MODERN FAMILY returning, there will be no shortage of shows to watch this week. So, check out our list of premiere dates and set your DVRs. Also, read up on the shows that BWW TV World will be recapping this season.
Theater People Podcast Welcomes GODSPELL, GLEE Star Telly LeungTheater People Podcast Welcomes GODSPELL, GLEE Star Telly Leung
September 21, 2014

On Monday, September 22 the Theater People Podcast welcomes the multi-talented Telly Leung. Topics discussed include his work on the musical TV show GLEE, his work on Broadway including FLOWER DRUM SONG, the groundbreaking 2004 revival of Stephen Sondheim' PACIFIC OVERTURES, RENT, and GODSPELL, and his new role as a producer on the rock musical short film GRIND starring Anthony Rapp.
BWW Review: Disturbing TUSK is One of the Best Movies of the YearBWW Review: Disturbing TUSK is One of the Best Movies of the Year
September 19, 2014

If you don't like watching excessive gore, don't see TUSK. If you don't like watching depraved human violence, don't see TUSK. If you don't like watching extreme human mutilation, don't see TUSK. However, if you are able to stomach this type of content in exchange for a wickedly glorious story, then there is no acceptable excuse for not seeing TUSK, the masterpiece of Kevin Smith's already storied career. Though I will undoubtedly be in the minority with this opinion, TUSK is unquestionably my favorite movie of the year.
BWW Review: For TheatreWorks Florida's Glorious SWEENEY TODD the Devil is in the Overlooked DetailsBWW Review: For TheatreWorks Florida's Glorious SWEENEY TODD the Devil is in the Overlooked Details
September 18, 2014

Amongst the vast majority of musical theatre devotees, there is little debate that Stephen Sondheim is the greatest writer that the artform has ever known. So, as I sat watching TheatreWorks Florida's soaring Opening Night performance of his darkest masterpiece, SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET, I found my mind consistently going over his three principles of lyric writing: 1) 'Content dictates form.' 2) 'Less is more.' 3) 'God is in the details.' Now, before I go much further, I want to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this production, especially the phenomenal voices and inventive staging, and this show is a must see for any local lover of Sondheim's work. I doubt that you will find a better sounding group of actors on an Orlando stage any time soon. Music Director David Foust clearly did incredible work on this production.
BWW TV World's New Show: BUT, WAIT! WHAT? Fall TV Preview Edition w/ THE RESIDUALSBWW TV World's New Show: BUT, WAIT! WHAT? Fall TV Preview Edition w/ THE RESIDUALS
September 15, 2014

Welcome to the first edition of BWW TV World's new video show BUT, WAIT! WHAT? hosted by BWW's Chief TV critic Matt Tamanini. A few times each week, Matt will bring you news from all quadrants of the Pop Culture world. In this first episode, Matt chats with Gillian Pennsavalle and Michael Paul Smith, the husband and wife team behind the critically-acclaimed (by Matt and many others) webseries THE RESIDUALS. Mike and Gillian talk to Matt about the shows they are most excited about during the Fall 2014 TV Season.
BroadwayWorld TV to Expand Coverage for 2014-2015 TV SeasonBroadwayWorld TV to Expand Coverage for 2014-2015 TV Season
September 14, 2014

With the premiere of the 2014 fall TV season nearly upon us, BroadwayWorld TV is upping the ante on our television coverage. While we have brought you occasional recaps, interviews, and features in the past, for this season, BWW TV has expanded our staff to over 35 writers who will be recapping over 80 shows.
Theater People Podcast Welcomes KINKY BOOTS' Ellyn Marie MarshTheater People Podcast Welcomes KINKY BOOTS' Ellyn Marie Marsh
September 7, 2014

On Monday, September 8th the Theater People Podcast welcomes the multi-talented Ellyn Marie Marsh. Topics discussed include her two Broadway heartbreaks: being cast as a replacement in the role of Hatchet Face Mona in CRY BABY, but never even making it into rehearsal because the show closed just after previews; and being cast as an understudy in ENRON, but never making it to the stage because the show suffered a similar fate.
SYTYCD Crowns Champ, ON THE TOWN Welcomes Dancer; FULL RESULTS & PICS!SYTYCD Crowns Champ, ON THE TOWN Welcomes Dancer; FULL RESULTS & PICS!
September 3, 2014

Whoooooooa, this is it! All of the voters have voted, the competitive dances have been danced, the, 'Shut your face's have been shut your faced; tonight was SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE's 11th season finale. And though, as in the last two years, we had four dancers still standing at the beginning of the night, for the first time since 2011, there was only one winner announced. Gone are the days of not having to choose between our favorite male and female dancers; this time, only one gets to take home the title of 'America's Favorite Dancer.'
FROZEN Characters to Reunite for Upcoming Short Film, Updated Information!FROZEN Characters to Reunite for Upcoming Short Film, Updated Information!
September 2, 2014

During Tuesday's THE STORY OF FROZEN: MAKING A DISNEY ANIMATED CLASSIC, the House of Mouse announced that in addition to the upcoming sing-a-long DVD and FROZEN: ON ICE, the entire FROZEN cast of characters will be brought back together for a short film, complete with a new song. Host Josh Gad didn't reveal any other details, but fans ages 4 to 104 are probably already eagerly waiting.


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