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.
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.BWW's 'Some Like It Pop' Gets into the #Hamiltome on a Special 'Hamilsode'
April 28, 2016
Happy Tony Season Pop Culture Obsessives! In this special episode, we venture into the whimsy and wonder that is 'Hamilton: The Revolution,' or as it is more colloquially know, 'The Hamiltome.' Jenn and I discuss, the art, the prose, the footnotes, the audiobook, and what's next for 'Hamilton.'BroadwayRadio 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.''Some Like It Pop' Counts Down TV's Best Dramas, Announces New Contest!
April 21, 2016
After having done two List-O-Palooza episodes around theatre themes andtwo on movies themes, this week Jenn and I finally got around to our sweet spot, and dove into a television theme. In our latest List-O-Palooza episode, we countdown our Top-10 Currently Running Television Dramas!The Theater People Podcast Welcomes FIDDLER's Danny Burstein
April 18, 2016
On Monday, April 18, the Theater People podcast welcomes Five-time Tony Award-nominee, Danny Burstein. Burstein, currently staring as Tevye in the Broadway revival of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, began his career on Broadway in the early 1990s working mostly as an ensemble member and understudy. After making the decision to turn down work that didn't challenge him artistically, Burstein would go on to become one of the most celebrated leading men of his generation, earning Tony nominations for his work in THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, SOUTH PACIFIC, FOLLIES, GOLDEN BOY, and CABARET.BroadwayWorld's 'Some Like It Pop' Dives Deep into TV Cults, Clones, and True Crime!
April 13, 2016
Hello Pop Culture Obsessives! On this episode of BroadwayWorld's Some Like It Pop Podcast we get a little bit dark as we review some of TV's darkest thrillers. We also discuss the recent true crime explosion, returning HBO comedies, Savion Glover tap dancing, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's 'Mycroft Holmes' novel.The Theater People Podcast Welcomes ON YOUR FEET's Andrea Burns in New Episode
April 11, 2016
On Monday, April 4, the Theater People podcast welcomes ON YOUR FEET star Andrea Burns. Burns made her professional New York debut in Jason Robert Brown's groundbreaking 1995 musical SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD. She then made her Broadway debut in 1996 as a replacement in the role of Belle in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and went on to co-star in the Broadway productions of THE FULL MONTY and THE RITZ.There IS Crying in Baseball Movies as 'Some Like It Pop' Counts Down Top-10 Sports Movies
April 6, 2016
With the NCAA Final Four just recently passed, and Major League Baseball's Opening Week underway, Jennifer McHugh and I counted down our Top-10 Favorite Sports Movies for this week's Some Like It Pop List-O-Palooza. In our first two List-O-Palooza episodes, we counted down our Top-10 Favorite Plays (listen here) and Top-10 Favorite Musicals (listen here). In this episode, which you can listen to below, we reveal that we have very different rooting interests, but ultimately our suckers for a good sports movie!BWW 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.The Theater People Podcast Welcomes Emmy-Nominated Choreographer Spencer Liff
April 4, 2016
On Monday, April 4th, the Theater People podcast welcomes Emmy nominated choreographer Spencer Liff. As a performer, Liff made his Broadway debut at age 11 in the musical BIG. He went on to appear in THE WEDDING SINGER, CRY BABY, EQUUS, and 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL, taking on more and more responsibility along the way.He was the Associate Choreographer and Dance Captain for CRY BABY, and was the Dance Captain on EQUUS.BWW 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's 'Some Like It Pop' Discusses Easter Candy, Lots of TV, SHE LOVES ME, HAMILTON, and Ted Cruz!
April 1, 2016
Hello Pop Culture Bon Vivants! On this episode of BroadwayWorld's Some Like It Pop Podcast we take a deep dive into what we are currently watching on TV and what we are looking forward to watch as well. We also talk a little theatre, movies, politics, and bemoan our busted NCAA Tournament brackets and check-in on our 1990s and 2000s TV and Movie Bracket.BWW 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 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.The Theater People Podcast Welcomes FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Adam Kantor
March 28, 2016
On Monday, March 28th, the Theater People podcast welcome's Broadway favorite and Fiddler on the Roof's Motel, Adam Kantor. The actor made his Broadway debut in 2008 as Mark in the closing cast of the Tony winning musical RENT directed by Michael Greif. The director, a mentor to Kantor, went on to cast him as a replacement in the role of Henry in the hit Broadway musical NEXT TO NORMAL.BWW 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 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 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 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 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.