Matt Tamanini

Matt Tamanini Matt is BroadwayWorld's Senior TV and Film critic. He also writes across other BWW sites, including BWW Orlando. He also serves as BWW's Advertising and Database Manager. He received a BA in Journalism/Communications from The Ohio State University and has worked in sports broadcasting and media relations and as a theatre director, producer, and teacher. He is also the Executive and Co-Artistic Director of The Squeaky Wheel Theatre Project in Orlando, Florida. You can connect with Matt through Twitter @BWWMatt.
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BWW Contest: Win THE STEPHEN SONDHEIM COLLECTION DVD SetBWW Contest: Win THE STEPHEN SONDHEIM COLLECTION DVD Set
Posted: Jun. 19, 2015


BWW Review: Remarkable IN THE HEIGHTS is Revelatory, Can't-Miss TheatreBWW Review: Remarkable IN THE HEIGHTS is Revelatory, Can't-Miss Theatre
Posted: Jun. 11, 2015


BWW Feature: Broadway Knows how to Celebrate Birthdays; 10 Birthday Showtunes!Broadway Knows how to Celebrate Birthdays; 10 Birthday Showtunes!
Posted: Jun. 29, 2015


BWW Interview: Star, Director of IN THE HEIGHTS Orlando Premiere Chat Show's Historical SignificanceBWW Interview: IN THE HEIGHTS Star, Director Chat Show's Historical Significance
Posted: Jun. 3, 2015


BWW Interview: THE RESIDUALS Guest Star Michael Torpey Chats Commercial ActingBWW Interview: RESIDUALS Guest Star Michael Torpey Chats Commercial Acting
Posted: Jun. 22, 2015


BWW Review: THE FLICK is an Envelope-Pushing Must-See for All Serious Orlando Theatre FansBWW Review: THE FLICK is an Envelope-Pushing Must-See for Serious Theatre Fans
Posted: Jun. 25, 2015


BWW TV: Florida Premiere Cast Chats THE FLICK, Movies, MoreBWW TV: Florida Premiere Cast Chats THE FLICK, Movies, More
Posted: Jun. 15, 2015


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STAGE TUBE: Lady Gaga Celebrates SOUND OF MUSIC's 50th Anniversary with Impressive TributeSTAGE TUBE: Lady Gaga Celebrates SOUND OF MUSIC's 50th Anniversary with Impressive Tribute
Posted: Feb. 22, 2015


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


BWW Feature: Broadway Knows how to Celebrate Birthdays; 10 Birthday Showtunes!BWW Feature: Broadway Knows how to Celebrate Birthdays; 10 Birthday Showtunes!
June 29, 2015

My birthday this year took on extra significance, as the Supreme Court of the United States selected that day to rule that all people had an equal and unalienable right to marry whomever they wanted, regardless of gender. While normally a day to indulge in extreme selfishness, I am quite pleased to cede the importance of June 26th from a celebration of my birth to that of love and compassion for all people. Hopefully Derek Jeter, Ariana Grande, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, and Chris O'Donnell are all on board as well. Despite long considering myself a LGBTQ ally, I am now going to turn this feature back to being about my birthday (because I already had the songs chosen before SCOTUS ruled). So, this month, I am taking over sole duties that I normally share with Jeff Walker, and composing a list of 10 showtunes all about births and birthdays. Feel free to chime in on Twitter (@BWWMatt) or in the comments below with any others you would like to add to the list.
BWW Interview: Lisa Lampanelli Chats New Special 'Back to the Drawing Board,' Donald Trump, Off-Broadway PlayBWW Interview: Lisa Lampanelli Chats New Special 'Back to the Drawing Board,' Donald Trump, Off-Broadway Play
June 26, 2015

Tonight at 10pm ET on EPIX, one of the funniest women in the world takes to the stage for her fifth televised special, LISA LAMPANELLI: BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD. If you are familiar with Lampanelli's work, this goes without saying, but viewer discretion is highly advised. Known to fans and critics alike as 'The Queen of Mean,' Lampanelli is an insult comic willing to attack anyone, including herself.
BWW Review: THE FLICK is an Envelope-Pushing Must-See for All Serious Orlando Theatre FansBWW Review: THE FLICK is an Envelope-Pushing Must-See for All Serious Orlando Theatre Fans
June 25, 2015

The vast majority of theatre, even straight plays, has an intrinsic musicality that has become an engrained part of the art form; characters speak with an expected rhythm familiar to regular theatre viewers, dialogue is paced with a conventional choreography to which the audience has grown accustomed. While most playwrights strive for a heightened level of lyrical poetry from their scripts, Annie Baker's THE FLICK, by design, has no rhythm, nor choreography, nor poetry; what it has is uncomfortable reality. Since its debut in 2013, THE FLICK, presented at The Dr. Phillips Center through July 12th by Gen Y Productions, has amassed a devoted following and a Pulitzer Prize, but has also drawn the ire of many theatre-goers, who, frustrated by its unorthodoxy, leave the theater before the show is over. While THE FLICK, directed here by Tony-winning producer Kenny Howard, does have the occasional profanity and risque topics, it is nothing compared to that of theatre greats like David Mamet or Tracy Letts; no, the objection to THE FLICK is not because of its content, but because of how its content is presented.
BWW Interview: THE RESIDUALS Guest Star Michael Torpey Chats Commercial ActingBWW Interview: THE RESIDUALS Guest Star Michael Torpey Chats Commercial Acting
June 22, 2015

The second Season 2 episode will debut on Tuesday, June 23rd on BroadwayWorld, and will feature actor and commercial legend Michael Torpey as a few different versions of his real-life self. Torpey is a regular on INSIDE AMY SCHUMER and has had memorable apperances on 30 ROCK (asGaylord Felcher), VEEP (as Jason), and on LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON.
BWW Contest: Win THE STEPHEN SONDHEIM COLLECTION DVD SetBWW Contest: Win THE STEPHEN SONDHEIM COLLECTION DVD Set
June 19, 2015

Quick, name the best composer/lyricist in the history of the musical theatre. Did you say Stephen Sondheim? If not, you're wrong. We love Mr. Sondheim so much here at BroadwayWorld that we are giving away the six-DVD set THE STEPHEN SONDHEIM COLLECTION to one lucky fan.
BWW TV: Florida Premiere Cast Chats THE FLICK, Movies, MoreBWW TV: Florida Premiere Cast Chats THE FLICK, Movies, More
June 15, 2015

Gen Y Productions brings the 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winner THE FLICK toThe Alexis and Jim Pugh Theater at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Last week, I sat down with the show's three stars (Daniel Cooksley, Marcellis Cutler, and Jessica Hope Grossman) to chat about THE FLICK, their characters, and movies in general.
BWW Review: JURASSIC WORLD is Exactly the Movie You Thought it Would BeBWW Review: JURASSIC WORLD is Exactly the Movie You Thought it Would Be
June 12, 2015

Just so we are clear, JURASSIC WORLD is everything that you would expect from a movie about a theme park built around real, live genetically engineered dinosaurs; especially in a world where it's not the first park of its kind. As you may recall, starting in the 1990s, there was an ill-fated incarnation known as JURASSIC PARK, which didn't end badly enough to dissuade anyone from trying again (either on or off screen). Needless to say, things don't exactly go well this time around either. If your credulity is not strained enough by the film's basic conceits, the minutia of JURASSIC WORLD will surely finish the job. The franchise's clich fourth film has all of the hackneyed hallmarks you have grown to love and loathe in a summer blockbuster; a man vs. beast action movie that requires the suspension of every available ounce of disbelief, but is ultimately satisfyingly entertaining; either despite, or because of, its ridiculousness.
BWW Review: Remarkable IN THE HEIGHTS is Revelatory, Can't-Miss TheatreBWW Review: Remarkable IN THE HEIGHTS is Revelatory, Can't-Miss Theatre
June 11, 2015

'Home' means many different things to many different people. For some, it is the physical structure in which they grew up; for others it is a town, state, or region; for others it is with the people that they care about most. No matter how you define the word, everyone is looking to find, maintain, or return to the 'home' that allows them to feel safe and loved and be the best version of themselves. In one way or another, all of the characters in Lin-Manuel Miranda's bi-lingual, hip-hop infused musical IN THE HEIGHTS, are striving to get 'home.' Set in Miranda's beloved New York City neighborhood of Washington Heights, this cutting-edge show won four Tony Awards in 2008, including Best Musical. Now, the Greater Orlando Actors Theater and Baggy Pants Theater have collaborated on the Central Florida premiere of this deceptively challenging show, running through June 14th at the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre. While this engaging production never achieves the crispness of the Broadway original, the heart and love that makes IN THE HEIGHTS special is evident from the first note; this passionate ensemble has created a work that should be the example for what Orlando's professional theatres strive to achieve in musical storytelling.
BWW Interview: Star, Director of IN THE HEIGHTS Orlando Premiere Chat Show's Historical SignificanceBWW Interview: Star, Director of IN THE HEIGHTS Orlando Premiere Chat Show's Historical Significance
June 3, 2015

In 2007, Lin-Manuel Miranda's energetic love-letter to his neighborhood burst onto the Off-Broadway scene. From there, IN THE HEIGHTS went to Broadway, earning four Tony Awards and a Grammy, makingMiranda a star. As the show's creator, composer, lyricist,and original star, Mirandahas become one of musical theatre's most exciting young voices. His new musical, HAMILTON, the multi-ethnic,hip-hop infused story of America's first Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, is sweeping this year's Off-Broadway awards, and transfers to Broadway later this summer.
BWW Review: Despite Flaws, THE REPUBLIC Offers One of Orlando's Most Uniquely Entertaining ExperiencesBWW Review: Despite Flaws, THE REPUBLIC Offers One of Orlando's Most Uniquely Entertaining Experiences
June 2, 2015

'There is in every one of us, even those who seem to be most moderate, a type of desire that is terrible, wild, and lawless;' this ancient axiom is the crux of Orlando's newest, and most unique independent entertainment option, THE REPUBLIC, which opened last weekend after an award-winning beta run at this year's Orlando Fringe Festival.
BWW TV: Tracy Bidleman Chats ANYTHING GOES Tour; and Highlights!BWW TV: Tracy Bidleman Chats ANYTHING GOES Tour; and Highlights!
May 28, 2015

On Tuesday, ANYTHING GOES opened the final stop on its National Tour at Orlando's Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts; you can check out my review here. After Opning Night, I sat down with Tracy Bidleman, who plays Evangeline Harcourt, to discuss about what makes this show feel-good show such an enduring classic.
BWW Review: Buoyant ANYTHING GOES Docks in OrlandoBWW Review: Buoyant ANYTHING GOES Docks in Orlando
May 27, 2015

Beloved theatre standards, tap-dancing sailors, chorines in sequins, a farcically silly plot; what more could you want from a Cole Porter musical? After winning three Tony Awards in 2012, including Best Revival of a Musical, the National Tour of ANYTHING GOES ends its delightfully giddy run at Orlando's Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts this week, concluding on Sunday, May 31st. This non-Equity tour boasts Kathleen Marshall's direction and choreography, the latter of which earned her a third Tony. A joyful celebration of old-fashioned musical theatre, the delightful cast will leave you with a smile on your face, but this ANYTHING GOES lacks the sharpness and playfulness to make you fall out of your seat laughing and/or cheering, which most certainly can happen when this classic is at its best.
MorphCostumes Releases Infographic for Marvel's ANT-MANMorphCostumes Releases Infographic for Marvel's ANT-MAN
May 22, 2015

With the release of Marvel's latest film ANT-MANjust around the corner (July 17th to be precise),MorphCostumes(the inventors of Morphsuits) has created an infographic to take 'little' look at Marvel's smallest Superhero.You can also take an exclusive look at theAnt-Man Morphsuit.
BWW Interview: Jeremiah and Jessica Discuss Taking New Show THE LAST TIME WE WERE HERE to NYMFBWW Interview: Jeremiah and Jessica Discuss Taking New Show THE LAST TIME WE WERE HERE to NYMF
May 24, 2015

THE LAST TIME WE WERE HERE, a new musical by Atlanta performers Jeremiah Parker Hobbs andJessica 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 theLaurie BeechmanTheatre in New York Cityon July 25th and 27th.
BWW Review: PITCH PERFECT 2 Sings a Beautiful, Hilarious Song of FriendshipBWW Review: PITCH PERFECT 2 Sings a Beautiful, Hilarious Song of Friendship
May 15, 2015

Making a film sequel is difficult, especially when it doesn't involve a superhero cinematic universe. In the case of following up 2012's surprise musical success PITCH PERFECT, the task was especially daunting; how do you improve upon a low-budget sleeper hit that shattered any and all conceivable expectations? The original film found success by blending what audiences have always wanted from a college comedy (mildly crude humor and young people falling in love) with what they never knew they wanted from a college comedy (a cappella singing and projectile vomit). While there is none of the latter, PITCH PERFECT 2 has the former three in spades; and despite noticeable tonal differences, the sequel is a surprisingly touching, laugh-out-loud musical party that should more than live up to the sky-high expectations of the franchise's legions of fans.
Theater People Podcast Launches KickStarter to Fund New SeasonTheater People Podcast Launches KickStarter to Fund New Season
May 4, 2015

After 18 months of successful broadcasting, the popular Theater People Podcast has launched a KickStarter campaign to help fund their new season. Having interviewed Broadway greats from Lin-Manuel Miranda to Laura Osnes (twice) to Celia Keenan-Bolger, the Theater People Podcast is one of the most influential and inspiring connections that many theatre fans have with their idols. The podcast has become a valuable resource for students, individuals workingto build a career in the performing arts, and theater lovers across the world.
BWW Review: Sondheim's Storytelling Shines in Winter Park Playhouse's PUTTING IT TOGETHERBWW Review: Sondheim's Storytelling Shines in Winter Park Playhouse's PUTTING IT TOGETHER
May 6, 2015

Stephen Sondheim is the greatest writer that the musical theatre has ever known. Now, obviously, intelligent minds can disagree, but if you do, I'm sorry, you're wrong. From story integration, to compelling characterizations, to insightful and witty lyrics, to complex and engaging melodies, no one has ever done it better than the man that many call "The Master." Sondheim's genius comes from the fact that every syllable he writes, and every note he composes, is in service of the story that he is telling; which is why I am always apprehensive of seeing one of the numerous revues of his work. Though he has been intimately involved in such shows as SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM, MARRY ME A LITTLE, and PUTTING IT TOGETHER, which is running through May 9th at The Winter Park Playhouse, it often feels slightly disingenuous to see his songs, which fit so seamlessly amidst their original works, shoe-horned into completely contrived circumstances. Fortunately, under the direction of Roy Alan (who also choreographed), WPP's production makes each of Sondheim's beloved songs feelfresh, exciting, and (nearly) wholly original.
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.


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