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Matt Tamanini

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! Recap and Review: THE VOICE Live Playoffs Elimination Show 11/12; Full Results!Spoiler Alert!: THE VOICE Makes Some Shocking (and Crazy) Eliminations!
Posted: Nov. 12, 2014


Spoiler Alert! Recap and Review: THE VOICE Top 12 Performance Show 11/17; Full Results! Fortunately the Show Finished Strong!Spoiler Alert! Review & Recap: THE VOICE Fortunately Finished Strong!
Posted: Nov. 17, 2014


Spoiler Alert! Recap and Review: THE VOICE Live Playoffs Night One, 11/10; Full Review!Spoiler Alert! Recap and Review: THE VOICE Live Playoffs Night One, 11/10; Full Review!
Posted: Nov. 10, 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


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


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


BWW Review: Rollins' OUR TOWN is Perfect Blend of Classic Theatrical MagicBWW Review: Rollins' OUR TOWN is Perfect Blend of Classic Theatrical Magic
November 20, 2014

One of the most magical places that I have ever been is Grover's Corners, New Hampshire. It's not a fancy place, just a simple town in which people go about their business, but are always willing to stop and chat about the weather. Grover's Corners is the epitome of a way of life that has long since ceased to exist, if it ever actually did in the first place. However, despite its quantness and surface simplicity, every time I go back to visit, I find more and more depth in the town than I ever remembered being there before. Perhaps this is a simple byproduct of my own aging, but each time I stop by Grover's Corners, I fall more and more in love with this mythical, magical town.
BWW Interview: Ricky Ubeda & Valerie Rockey Chat SYTYCD Tour, Living in Close Quarters,  Future PlansBWW Interview: Ricky Ubeda & Valerie Rockey Chat SYTYCD Tour, Living in Close Quarters, Future Plans
November 19, 2014

As I've said numerous times in my reviews and recaps, I don't think there is a show on television more important for the future of the arts than SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. In addition to exposing the public to a much more emotionally honest and raw form of creativity than we are used to seeing in today's overly packaged and focused-grouped world of entertainment, the show also makes stars out of the usually unsung heroes of the artistic community; dancers.
BWW Review: THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Extended DVD is an Exciting Journey for LOTR Fans New & OldBWW Review: THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Extended DVD is an Exciting Journey for LOTR Fans New & Old
November 18, 2014

When I was given the opportunity to review the Extended DVD release of THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG, I balked at first, having never seen or read anything 'Hobbit' or 'Lord of the Rings' related. However, seeing an opportunity to fill in a gap in my pop cultural knowledge, I agreed, and when I got the DVDs in the mail, I called the biggest LOTR dork I know, my brother.
Spoiler Alert! Recap and Review: THE VOICE Top 12 Performance Show 11/17; Full Results! Fortunately the Show Finished Strong!Spoiler Alert! Recap and Review: THE VOICE Top 12 Performance Show 11/17; Full Results! Fortunately the Show Finished Strong!
November 17, 2014

I don't know about you, but I feel really powerful right now. After 16 episodes, THE VOICE is finally trusting the American public to take control of the singing competition. There are no more Battles, no more Knockouts, no more Steals, there is just you, me, and the other 11 or so million people who watch the show on any given week! And it couldn't come at a better time, because last week the coaches really screwed the pooch with their final Saves.
Creators of BWW's Web Series THE RESIDUALS Chat on THAT'LL PLAY PODCASTCreators of BWW's Web Series THE RESIDUALS Chat on THAT'LL PLAY PODCAST
November 17, 2014

The latest episode of THAT'LL PLAY with Matt & John, 'Commercial Appeal', features Michael Paul Smith and Gillian Pensavalle, the husband-and-wife team and co-creators of The Residuals, BroadwayWorld's newest webseries partner. The couple stops by That'll Play to discuss their hit web series in promotion of season two, which will be released exclusively on BroadwayWorld in 2015. Matt Candela and John Nuzzi chat with Michael and Gillian about the creative process of developing season one, their successful Kickstarter campaign, and exciting stories of the special guests that participated in the upcoming season of The Residuals.
BWW TV: Norm Lewis, Sierra Boggess, Michael Urie Chat BROADWAY & BEYONDBWW TV: Norm Lewis, Sierra Boggess, Michael Urie Chat BROADWAY & BEYOND
November 17, 2014

On Saturday, November 15th, the arts community in Central Florida forever changed with the official opening of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. On that night, Broadway icon Richard Jay-Alexander brought together an incredible group of talent to unveil the Walt Disney Theatre with BROADWAY & BEYOND, and BroadwayWorld was there!
The Theater People Podcast Welcomes SIDESHOW's Erin DavieThe Theater People Podcast Welcomes SIDESHOW's Erin Davie
November 16, 2014

On Monday, November 17, the Theater People Podcast welcomes SIDE SHOW star Erin Davie. Davie shares stories about her six year journey with the production, working with director Bill Condon on updating and reimagining the show, memories from having seen the original production on Broadway, and how she and co-star Emily Padget found their Daisy and Violet.
Dr. Phillips Center Set to Reinvent Orlando Arts Scene this Saturday with BROADWAY & BEYONDDr. Phillips Center Set to Reinvent Orlando Arts Scene this Saturday with BROADWAY & BEYOND
November 12, 2014

In three days, the Orlando arts community will be forever changed as The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts presents its inaugural show, BROADWAY & BEYOND. Directed by theatrical legend Richard Jay-Alexander (Executive Producer for the original Broadway productions of LES MISERABLES and MISS SAIGON), the performance will feature stars from all imaginable entertainment disciplines, including Broadway's current Phantom of the Opera, Central Florida native Norm Lewis; Broadway's Little Mermaid, Sierra Boggess; star of stage and screen Michael Urie; and many more. To check out the full list of stars performing in the event, click here.
Spoiler Alert! Recap and Review: THE VOICE Live Playoffs Elimination Show 11/12; Full Results!Spoiler Alert! Recap and Review: THE VOICE Live Playoffs Elimination Show 11/12; Full Results!
November 12, 2014

For the first time all season, we will have an elimination show on THE VOICE. After two months of Blind Auditions, Battle Rounds, Knockout Rounds, and Live Playoffs, we finally get to see what America thinks of the 20 remaining singers.
Spoiler Alert! Recap and Review: Teams Gwen & Pharrell Perform on THE VOICE Live Playoffs Night Two; Full Reviews!Spoiler Alert! Recap and Review: Teams Gwen & Pharrell Perform on THE VOICE Live Playoffs Night Two; Full Reviews!
November 11, 2014

With one night down in THE VOICE's Live Playoffs (read my review of last night's show here), the teams are taking shape, but, as of yet, no one has blown the doors off the joint. Tonight, rookie coaches Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams will send their singers to the stage to perform for a live national audience for the first time.
Spoiler Alert! Recap and Review: THE VOICE Live Playoffs Night One, 11/10; Full Review!Spoiler Alert! Recap and Review: THE VOICE Live Playoffs Night One, 11/10; Full Review!
November 10, 2014

Great googly moogly, after three and a half years of THE VOICE taped shows, we are finally going to have a live episode of NBC's singing competition show. Now that we are through the Blind Auditions, the Battle Round, and the Knockout Round, the show is now live and America has a chance to vote on its favorite artists.
Spoiler Alert! Recap and Review: Matt Bomer Falls Victim to an American Psycho in a Crowded FREAKSHOWSpoiler Alert! Recap and Review: Matt Bomer Falls Victim to an American Psycho in a Crowded FREAKSHOW
November 6, 2014

When I was a child, I loved drawing pictures; despite the fact that it was very clear that I had little to no artistic ability in this arena, I continued to draw anyway. Whether it was a sunrise over a mountain with little V shaped birds flying towards the horizon, or a sunset over a beach with little V shaped birds flying towards the horizon, I kept drawing. However, every time I would get to the point when the picture had just enough detail, I would think of something else that it must have before it could be considered complete. So, I would add more pine trees on the mountains, or umbrellas on the beach, until my canvas piece of paper was so overcrowded with stuff, that it was hard to see the forest through the trees, often literally. This has been my major complaint about the genre-defining (and defying) anthology series AMERICAN HORROR STORY from the beginning.
BWW Interview: Ken Marino, Casey Wilson Are Wit and Heart of Great New Comedy MARRY MEBWW Interview: Ken Marino, Casey Wilson Are Wit and Heart of Great New Comedy MARRY ME
November 6, 2014

This fall, I have found a new half-hour comedy that has become Must See TV for me, MARRY ME. The single-cam comedy starring Ken Marino (VERONICA MARS) and Casey Wilson (HAPPY ENDINGS) is a fast-paced hyper-speed paced show about two people with their individual quirks working to maintain a happy, stable relationship.
But, Wait! What's On TV Tonight? Wednesday, November 5th: Matt Bomer Joins the FREAKSHOWBut, Wait! What's On TV Tonight? Wednesday, November 5th: Matt Bomer Joins the FREAKSHOW
November 5, 2014

8:00: Country Music Association Awards | ABC 10:00: AMERICAN HORROR STORY | FX 10:00: THE GAME | BBC America Click for more picks!
But, Wait! What's On TV Tonight? Tuesday, November 4th: GREASE Marathon, Comic Books, Politics!But, Wait! What's On TV Tonight? Tuesday, November 4th: GREASE Marathon, Comic Books, Politics!
November 4, 2014

All Night: Election Coverage | Every network 6:00: GREASE & GREASE 2 | ABC Family 9:00: MARVEL: 75 Years, From Pulp to Pop | ABC Click for more picks!
Spoiler Alert! Recap and Review: Knockout Round Night Three 11/3; Full Results, Reviews, & Pictures!Spoiler Alert! Recap and Review: Knockout Round Night Three 11/3; Full Results, Reviews, & Pictures!
November 3, 2014

We are halfway through the Taylor Swift experiment on THE VOICE, and the new queen of New York has honestly been killing it. From vocal arrangement to on-stage swagger, T-Swizzle has demonstrated the insight and attention to detail that it takes to make it as a pro in that business.
But, Wait! What's On TV Tonight? Monday, November 3rd: A Bunch of Music on TV TonightBut, Wait! What's On TV Tonight? Monday, November 3rd: A Bunch of Music on TV Tonight
November 3, 2014

8:00: THE VOICE | NBC 10:00: COUNTDOWN TO THE CMA AWARDS: 15 Songs That Change Country Music | ABC 11:35: TONIGHT SHOW w/ Anne Hathaway & Stevie Nicks | NBC Click for more picks!
Theater People Podcast Welcomes Margo Seibert and Amber Iman in Broadway Debuts EpisodeTheater People Podcast Welcomes Margo Seibert and Amber Iman in Broadway Debuts Episode
November 2, 2014

On Monday, November 3, The Theater People Podcast welcomes celebrates Broadway debuts with actresses Margo Seibert (ROCKY THE MUSICAL) and Amber Iman (SOUL DOCTOR). Both actresses discuss landing leading roles for their first Broadway jobs.
But, Wait! What? Halloween Edition: BroadwayWorld's Sally Henry Counts Down Top-10 Scariest Movie MusicalsBut, Wait! What? Halloween Edition: BroadwayWorld's Sally Henry Counts Down Top-10 Scariest Movie Musicals
October 31, 2014

For our Halloween edition of BUT, WAIT! WHAT? we are bringing together the worlds of Musical Theatre and Horror movies. Joining me is BroadwayWorld Weekend Editor Sally Henry. On her Broadway Blog Singular Sensation, Sally regular has fun Broadway-themed lists, so I asked her if she could come up with The Top-10 Scariest Movie Musicals!
Spoiler Alert! Recap and Review: THE VOICE Brings Back Taylor Swift for Night Two of the Knockout Round; Full Reviews and Pictures!Spoiler Alert! Recap and Review: THE VOICE Brings Back Taylor Swift for Night Two of the Knockout Round; Full Reviews and Pictures!
October 28, 2014

Ok, I admit, I was fairly skeptical about the reigning princess of country pop music, Taylor Swift being the Advisor for every competitor in the Knockout Rounds on THE VOICE. However, after Night One, I am going to stop drinking so much Haterade, and give the girl a chance.


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