Matt Tamanini

Matt Tamanini

Matt is BroadwayWorld's Senior TV and Film critic, and is an editor at BWW OrlandoHe is a proud graduate of The Ohio State University and has worked in professional and collegiate sports, as a theatre director, producer, and teacher, and he is a podcast host and producer with BroadwayRadio. He also hosts BroadwayWorld's pop culture podcast, "Some Like it Pop." You can connect with Matt through Twitter @BWWMatt.


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BWW Review: Hilarious MIKE & DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES Flips Script on Gross-Out ComediesBWW Review: Hilarious MIKE & DAVE Flips Script on Gross-Out Comedies
Posted: Jul. 8, 2016


BWW Review: Intimate EQUUS Provides Startling Take on Pain and PassionBWW Review: Intimate EQUUS Provides Startling Take on Pain and Passion
Posted: Jul. 21, 2016


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Broadway Stars Honor Orlando Shooting Victims Before Tonys Awards: Updating LiveBroadway Stars Honor Orlando Shooting Victims Before Tonys Awards: Updating Live
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BWW Review: GREASE: LIVE Reinvents What a Live TV Musical Can/Should Be!BWW Review: GREASE: LIVE Reinvents What a Live TV Musical Can/Should Be!
Posted: Jan. 31, 2016


BWW Review: Buyer Beware of Charming HAIL, CAESAR!'s Bait-and-SwitchBWW Review: Buyer Beware of Charming HAIL, CAESAR!'s Bait-and-Switch
Posted: Feb. 5, 2016


BWW Review: Intimate EQUUS Provides Startling Take on Pain and PassionBWW Review: Intimate EQUUS Provides Startling Take on Pain and Passion
July 21, 2016

EQUUS, presented and directed by Jeremy Seghers, now playing through July 24th at Orlando event site The Acre, is not a show that will appeal to everyone, as it treads not so lightly on a number of rather taboo issues. That being said, if your sensibilities are not easily rattled, the story of a startlingly damaged boy, performed in a unique theatrical venue, is a dramatic experience not to be missed.
BWW Review: Hilarious MIKE & DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES Flips Script on Gross-Out ComediesBWW Review: Hilarious MIKE & DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES Flips Script on Gross-Out Comedies
July 8, 2016

For decades, movie-going audiences have been subjected to crude, man-child comedies in which the female, romantic leads are portrayed as well put-together, successful, and sturdy, while their male counterparts get to be obscene, stupid, and juvenile. Well, after suffering through the oppressive piles of THE JERK, DUMB & DUMBER, BILLY MADISON, anything with Will Ferrell, Seth Rogan, Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, or Jason Segel, ladies now have their turn to be profanely socially immature in the hilarious big screen comedy MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES.
BWW Review: AVENUE Q Provides Humor, Acceptance, Community in Orlando's Difficult DaysBWW Review: AVENUE Q Provides Humor, Acceptance, Community in Orlando's Difficult Days
June 14, 2016

It seems unimaginable that a single work of art can both hysterically mock and lovingly embrace some of our fondest childhood memories. However, as the 'AVENUE Q Theme Song' transitions into the first official song of the musical (one of modern musical theatre's most effective opening numbers) it becomes clear that this show is unlike anything that came before it, and that traditional musical theatre conventions, and easily offended sensibilities, should be thrown out the window.
Tony-Winning Costume Designer William Ivey Long Designs Ribbon to Honor Orlando Victims at Tonight's Tony AwardsTony-Winning Costume Designer William Ivey Long Designs Ribbon to Honor Orlando Victims at Tonight's Tony Awards
June 12, 2016

In light of the terrible mass shooting in Orlando this morning at an LGBTQ Night Club, Tony-winning Costume Designer William Ivey Long has designed a special ribbon for Tonys presenters, nominees, and guests to wear in order to show solidarity with victims.
Broadway Stars Honor Orlando Shooting Victims Before Tonys Awards: Updating LiveBroadway Stars Honor Orlando Shooting Victims Before Tonys Awards: Updating Live
June 12, 2016

In the wake of the horrific act of domestic terrorism in Orlando, Florida early on Sunday morning, the Broadway community has begun sending thoughts, prayers, and calls to action via social media.
BWW Review: UCF's ALMOST, MAINE is Whimsical Rom-Com Filled with Kooky CharactersBWW Review: UCF's ALMOST, MAINE is Whimsical Rom-Com Filled with Kooky Characters
June 8, 2016

Almost, Maine, the unincorporated village in the rural wilderness in New England's northernmost state, is a cute, quant town filled with residents that have each gone a teensy bit stir-crazy after years of snowed-in winters spent staring out at miles and miles of shimmering snow and sparkling stars. The result is a delightfully whimsical comedy by John Cariani, running through June 11th at TheatreUCF. Consisting of nine, metaphor-laden vignettes, we meet the eclectic, silly, neurotic, and adorable citizens of Almost, on their paths to finding, accepting, and letting go of love.
BWW Review & Exclusive: 'Curtain Call' Takes Readers Backstage at London's Best Theatre with Glorious Photos, InterviewsBWW Review & Exclusive: 'Curtain Call' Takes Readers Backstage at London's Best Theatre with Glorious Photos, Interviews
May 30, 2016

In the new, epic book 'Curtain Call: A Year Backstage in London Theatre,' photographer Matt Humphrey and actor/director John Schwab take audiences behind the scenes of 60 of London's best shows in 2015, and uniquely and elegantly capture the electricity that makes live theatre so special.
BWW Exclusive: Dame Judi Dench Discusses Shakespeare, Her Passion, CATS, Potential Broadway ReturnBWW Exclusive: Dame Judi Dench Discusses Shakespeare, Her Passion, CATS, Potential Broadway Return
May 27, 2016

Only some are able to ever identify their specific passion, far fewer are able to achieve, and only a select handful are able to make their passion their life's work; Judi Dench is one of those few. When I asked her why, despite a career spanning more than five and a half decades, and nearly every major acting award the world over, she continues to return to the plays of William Shakespeare, in a tone exceedingly gentle, yet slightly dismayed that the question need even be asked, she said, 'Cause that's my passion, Matt.'
Orlando Composer Elaine Pechacek's SEASONS to Play Paris Fringe FestivalOrlando Composer Elaine Pechacek's SEASONS to Play Paris Fringe Festival
May 20, 2016

SEASONS The Musical, written by American award winning composer Elaine Pechacek and co-writer Katie Hammond, is set to debut in the first ever Paris Fringe Festival. The Festival runs May 23rd - 29th at the Theatre des Feux de La Rampe and will feature over 20 shows. SEASONS, having won Best of Fest out of 100+ shows in the Orlando, Florida Fringe Festival in 2014, is honored to be one of only three musicals featured in the inaugural Paris Fringe Festival. Broadway Au Carre, a Paris based production company, along with American based Squeaky Wheel Theatre Project have joined forces to bring you this fresh and new interpretation of SEASONS The Musical exclusively for Paris audiences!
Prepare for The Ensemblist's 5/22 Live Show with Greene, Krupin, Lyons, Some of Broadway's Best Singer/SongwritersPrepare for The Ensemblist's 5/22 Live Show with Greene, Krupin, Lyons, Some of Broadway's Best Singer/Songwriters
May 15, 2016

On Sunday, May 22nd at 8:15pm, 'The Ensemblist' podcast will be hosting a live show as part of the 2016 NYC Podfest. The only podcast that shows you Broadway from the inside out, will be featuring three Broadway singer-songwriters John Arthur Greene, Janet Krupin, and Douglas Lyons.
BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL's Emotional Musical Journey is One of Dr. Phillips Center's BestBWW Review: BEAUTIFUL's Emotional Musical Journey is One of Dr. Phillips Center's Best
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 Exclusive: Read the First Chapter of Tony-Winning Producer Jack Viertel's Book THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN MUSICALBWW 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.
BWW Review: Ambitious BRING IT ON's Stars Shine at Wayne Densch PACBWW 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 Review: DIRTY DANCING is a Disappointing Disservice to Original FilmBWW 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 DANCINGBWW 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.
BWW Review: Mad Cow's LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT is an Uneven American MasterpieceBWW 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 TheatreBWW 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 BestBWW 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 FestivalBWW 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 StomperBWW 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.


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