Matt Tamanini

Matt writes across numerous BWW sites and works behind the scenes as well. In addition, he is currently working on two plays "Was Lost and Is Found" and "I Live You." 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. You can connect with Matt through Twitter: @BWWMatt.
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AMERICAN IDOL Recap: David Cook Mentors Top-8 to Fresh Takes on 80's Hits (Updated with Pictures)AMERICAN IDOL Recap: David Cook Mentors Top-8 to Fresh Takes on 80's Hits (Updated with Pictures)
Posted: Apr. 9, 2014


AMERICAN IDOL Preview: Re-Visit Contestant Auditions Before Tonight's 'Audition Rewind'AMERICAN IDOL Preview: Re-Visit Contestant Auditions Before Tonight's 'Audition Rewind'
Posted: Apr. 2, 2014


AMERICAN IDOL Preview: Check Out Top-8's Song Choices for Tonight's '80's Week'AMERICAN IDOL Preview: Check Out Top-8's Song Choices for Tonight's '80's Week'
Posted: Apr. 9, 2014


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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


SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE- Semifinals Recap with Photos!SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE- Semifinals Recap with Photos!
Posted: Aug. 27, 2013


BWW Recaps: IDOL's Top-12 Show Signs of LifeBWW Recaps: IDOL's Top-12 Show Signs of Life
Posted: Mar. 6, 2014


AMERICAN IDOL Recap: A Candidate for Clarkson's Crown Emerges & Demi Lovato Critiques (Updated w/ Pictures)AMERICAN IDOL Recap: A Candidate for Clarkson's Crown Emerges & Demi Lovato Critiques (Updated w/ Pictures)
April 16, 2014

Now that AMERICAN IDOL has pared down its finalists to a manageable seven, the producers decided to bust out the most original theme in the show's 13 seasons, Competitor's Picks. How it basically works is, Randy Jackson did his only work of the season by playing stenographer as each contestant recommended songs for everyone else in the competition. Randy then handed pieces of paper to all seven remaining finalists, who subsequently picked their song for the week based off of that list.
Glee-Cap: Safety First, Safety Last, Safety AlwaysGlee-Cap: Safety First, Safety Last, Safety Always
April 16, 2014

Somehow, I think your normal GLEE-capper, Robert Lawlor, knew this was going to be a down week for GLEE when he asked me to pinch-hit for him (don't worry if you don't know what that means, it's a sports term). While I have been generally quite pleased with the majority of episodes over the last two seasons, this episode felt like a throwback to Season 2 or 3, where far too many episodes felt like simply filler. While they might have ultimately been entertaining, they primarily served as a placeholder until we got to the more plot-specific episodes. With Kurt's attack last week and Rachel's 'Funny Girl' opening a week away, this episode felt disappointingly like a very low-stakes buffer between the two.
Review Roundup: Costner, Garner Hit Theaters in DRAFT DAYReview Roundup: Costner, Garner Hit Theaters in DRAFT DAY
April 11, 2014

The latest in the long line of Kevin Costner sports movies, DRAFT DAY, hits theaters on Friday. Co-starring Jennifer Garner, Dennis Leary, and three-time Tony-winner Frank Langella the movie chronicles the innerworkings of an NFL front office on the day of the draft. The script was written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph (BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO) and Scott Rothman.
Review Roundup: Hathaway, Chenoweth, Moreno Star & Sing in RIO 2Review Roundup: Hathaway, Chenoweth, Moreno Star & Sing in RIO 2
April 11, 2014

Twentieth Century Fox's sequel RIO 2 flies into theaters on Friday. Returning for the animated musical are stars Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, will.i.am, Tracy Morgan, George Lopez, Leslie Mann, and Jamie Foxx.
AMERICAN IDOL Recap: Tearful Elimination Sends Home Contender Far Too SoonAMERICAN IDOL Recap: Tearful Elimination Sends Home Contender Far Too Soon
April 10, 2014

This week AMERICAN IDOL welcomed back Season XIII's Top-8 for the second week in a row. This time they were mentored by the incredibly professional and discerning David Cook (especially compared to IDOL's 'full-time mentor, Randy Jackson, who followed Cook around like a lost puppy all night). The Season 7 Champ brought a focused specificity to each performer's rehearsal, and in most cases that resulted in enjoyable performances.
AMERICAN IDOL Recap: David Cook Mentors Top-8 to Fresh Takes on 80's Hits (Updated with Pictures)AMERICAN IDOL Recap: David Cook Mentors Top-8 to Fresh Takes on 80's Hits (Updated with Pictures)
April 9, 2014

Just as it did last week, tonight's AMERICAN IDOL featured the Top-8 finalists. After an ill-advised use of the sole judge's save, Sam Woolf remained in the competition long enough to be mentored by former IDOL champ David Cook for this week's 80's theme. With the obvious negligence of 'full-time' mentor Randy Jackson, it is staggering to see how much progress can be made with a mentor who is actively engaged in helping the finalists become better singers, performers, and artists.
AMERICAN IDOL Preview: Check Out Top-8's Song Choices for Tonight's '80's Week'AMERICAN IDOL Preview: Check Out Top-8's Song Choices for Tonight's '80's Week'
April 9, 2014

When last we left our Season XIII AMERICAN IDOL finalists, an uncomfortable amount of confetti was raining down on 17-year-old Sam Woolf, who had survived America's vote by garnering the season's only judge's save. As the show went off the air host Ryan Seacrest informed us that Top-8 Week Part 2 would focus on the songs of the 1980s. Again, first-year Executive Producer Per Blankens has opted to give the contestants an extremely open-ended theme. Thus far, the strategy has proved beneficial for audiences and Idols alike, as both have been exposed to songs outside the normally limited Reality Show set-list.
Race Roundup: Top 10 Most Unique Races in AprilRace Roundup: Top 10 Most Unique Races in April
April 7, 2014

Now that the Polar Vortex has (hopefully) reared its ugly head for the last time this year, it is time to start thinking about pounding the pavement again. With thousands of races happening each month, Broadway World Fitness wants to highlight a few of the unique running opportunities across America during the month of April.
Review Roundup: Jude Law Brings DOM HEMINGWAY to TheatersReview Roundup: Jude Law Brings DOM HEMINGWAY to Theaters
April 4, 2014

Jude Law is back in theaters this weekend with the dark-comedy DOM HEMINGWAY. Written and directed by Richard Shepard, the film, starring Law and Richard E. Grant, was shot on location in the South of France. In the film, which opens in limited release on Friday, Law plays a notorious safecracker looking for payback from a crime boss portrayed by Demian Bichir. The cast also features Emilia Clarke, Jumyan Hunter and Madalina Ghenea.
Review Roundup: CAPTAIN AMERICA Fights His Way Into TheatersReview Roundup: CAPTAIN AMERICA Fights His Way Into Theaters
April 4, 2014

The latest installment in the ever-expanding 'Marvel Cinematic Universe,' Captain America: The Winter Soldier hits theaters nationwide Friday, April 4th. Chris Evans returns as the first Avenger, and is joined by such stars as Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders, Emily VanCamp, Robert Redford, and Samuel L. Jackson.
BWW Recaps: IDOL Judges Save Early FavoriteBWW Recaps: IDOL Judges Save Early Favorite
April 3, 2014

Coming off one of the strongest episodes of the season, everyone expected this elimination show to be exceedingly difficult, especially considering the dwindling number of opportunities to use the season's single judges' save. However, when it came down to crunch time, the judges' decision didn't seem to be all that difficult.
BWW Recaps: IDOL's Top-8 Separate into Pretenders & Contenders w/ full recaps and photosBWW Recaps: IDOL's Top-8 Separate into Pretenders & Contenders w/ full recaps and photos
April 2, 2014

As he has been doing throughout Season XIII, new AMERICAN IDOL Executive Producer Per Blankens has again thrown a curveball of a theme at the Top-8. Instead of the well-warn 'Motown' and 'Burt Bacharach' Weeks, for the first time in IDOL history, the finalists all performed their initial audition songs.
AMERICAN IDOL Preview: Re-Visit Contestant Auditions Before Tonight's 'Audition Rewind'AMERICAN IDOL Preview: Re-Visit Contestant Auditions Before Tonight's 'Audition Rewind'
April 2, 2014

The new producers of AMERICAN IDOL are again turning the idea of a theme week on its head. While in the past they have had contestants repeat previous performances, for the first time in the show's history, all of the Top-8 will be revisiting the songs that earned them their Golden Ticket to Hollywood, in the first ever Audition Song Week.
Review Roundup: SABOTAGE Shoots Its Way Into Theaters FridayReview Roundup: SABOTAGE Shoots Its Way Into Theaters Friday
March 28, 2014

The latest addition to Arnold Schwarzenegger's post political resume, SABOTAGE, hits theaters on Friday. Originally entitled TEN, the film is a lose adaptation of Agatha Christie's AND THEN THERE WERE NONE (also known as TEN LITTLE INDIANS) mystery novel. It follows a DEA taskforce, who start getting picked off one by one after a successful raid on a drug cartel's safehouse.
Review Roundup: CESAR CHAVEZ Opens on FridayReview Roundup: CESAR CHAVEZ Opens on Friday
March 28, 2014

Director Diego Luna's biopic of California farm worker, labor leader, and civil rights activist opens in theaters on Friday. The film stars Michael Pea as Csar Chvez, America Ferrera as his wife, Helen, and Rosario Dawson as Chvez's National Farm Workers Association co-founder Dolores Huerta. Also featured are Wes Bentley, Gabriel Mann, and John Malkovich.
Review Roundup: Open the Floodgates - NOAH Hits Theaters Today!Review Roundup: Open the Floodgates - NOAH Hits Theaters Today!
March 28, 2014

On Friday, Academy Award nominated director Darren Aronofsky releases the Biblically-inspired epic NOAH. The film tells the tale of the prophet who withstood the great flood from a new psychological perspective. Russell Crowe stars in the title role, alongside Jennifer Connelly, Saoirse Ronan, Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins and more.
BWW Recaps: IDOL Says Goodbye to Early Favorite with PicturesBWW Recaps: IDOL Says Goodbye to Early Favorite with Pictures
March 27, 2014

For the first time that I can remember, AMERICAN IDOL's Elimination Show was a jam-packed 30 minutes this week. The shortened episode was necessitated by the series premiere of Christopher Meloni's new sitcom, SURVIVING JACK.
BWW Recaps: IDOL Rocks Out with the Band w/ Full Recaps & PicturesBWW Recaps: IDOL Rocks Out with the Band w/ Full Recaps & Pictures
March 26, 2014

Last Thursday when I heard about this week's theme, 'I'm with the Band,' I have to admit that I just didn't get it. However, now that I've seen how the IDOL Powers-That-Be implemented it on stage, I still really don't get it. The contestants sing with Ricky Minor and his band every week, however, to switch it up, this week the finalists will be singing with Ricky Minor and his band ON STAGE.
BWW Big Man Blog: Listen to Your Body, Not Your EgoBWW Big Man Blog: Listen to Your Body, Not Your Ego
March 22, 2014

Let me get one thing out of the way first and foremost. I am fairly competitive. I hate losing far more than I enjoy winning, and, at times, I have been known to not take losing well. I was once ejected from a softball game I was coaching because I told an umpire that his call was 'asinine,' and he thought that I was cussing him out. This competitive streak has gotten me into trouble at times, but it wasn't until recently that it caused me actual physical pain.
Review Roundup: MUPPETS MOST WANTED Sings, Dances into Theaters FridayReview Roundup: MUPPETS MOST WANTED Sings, Dances into Theaters Friday
March 21, 2014

The world's favorite felt-covered entertainers are back in Disney's MUPPETS MOST WANTED. The big-screen sequel, which opens today, takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe's most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid, Dublin and London.


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