Matt Tamanini

Matt is BroadwayWorld's Chief TV and Film critic. He also writes across other BWW sites, 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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BWW Recap: SYTYCD Eliminates Four, Announces All-Stars! Full Results & Pictures!BWW Recap: SYTYCD Eliminates Four, Announces All-Stars! Full Results & Pictures!
Posted: Jul. 31, 2014


BWW Recaps: SYTYCD's Top-10 Perform with All-Stars as Two are Eliminated; Updated with Full Reviews & Pictures!BWW Recaps: SYTYCD's Top-10 Perform with All-Stars as Two are Eliminated
Posted: Aug. 7, 2014


Lin-Manuel Miranda Uses Musicals to Comment on Events in Ferguson, MOLin-Manuel Miranda Uses Musicals to Comment on Events in Ferguson, MO
Posted: Aug. 19, 2014


LAST 365 DAYS

AMERICAN IDOL Recap: Another Week, Another Wrong Contestant Sent HomeAMERICAN IDOL Recap: Another Week, Another Wrong Contestant Sent Home
Posted: Apr. 17, 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


AMERICAN IDOL Preview: IDOL Needs a Mount Rushmore ChampionAMERICAN IDOL Preview: IDOL Needs a Mount Rushmore Champion
Posted: May. 20, 2014


Does Tony Soprano Sleep with the Fishes? We May Never KnowDoes Tony Soprano Sleep with the Fishes? We May Never Know
August 28, 2014

On Wednesday, the internet as in quite the tizzy over what it collectively thought was the answer to the most challenging question of our time; 'What the heck was up with the end of THE SOPRANOS?'
SYTYCD Recap: Final Four Dazzle in Performance Finale; 8/27 Full Results!SYTYCD Recap: Final Four Dazzle in Performance Finale; 8/27 Full Results!
August 27, 2014

This is easily the most excited I have been for an episode of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE all season. Even though I picked three of the four finalists as major contenders when the Top-20 was announced (and five of the final six, thank you you very much), this is definitely not the Final Four (Zack Everhart, Jessica Richens, Valerie Rockey and Ricky Ubeda) that I thought we would have just a few weeks ago. That being said, each has managed to have a breathtaking moment or four, however, with the exception of Ricky, each has also had their share of missteps as well.
All of the 66th Emmy Award Winners! Full Results!All of the 66th Emmy Award Winners! Full Results!
August 26, 2014

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards telecast will air live coast-to-coast live tonight at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT on NBC from the NOKIA Theater L.A. Live in Los Angeles. Over the last week, BroadwayWorld has been bringing you special Emmy coverage with profiles of Emmy-nominated theatre stars and plays adapted into Emmy-nominated TV movies. Check out all of BWW's Emmy Coverage.
Emmy Preview: BroadwayWorld Staff and Fans Predict Emmy Winners!Emmy Preview: BroadwayWorld Staff and Fans Predict Emmy Winners!
August 25, 2014

The 66th Annual Emmy Awards will come to you from the Nokia Theater at L.A. Live in Los Angeles on NBC on Monday, August 25th live at 8:00pm. All week, BWW has been spotlighting the Emmy nominated TV performances of some of Broadway's biggest stars. If you want to follow along and interact with all of BroadwayWorld's Emmy coverage, check out #BWWEmmys on Twitter or visit our BWW Emmy Coverage Home.
MTV Video Movie Awards Recap; Beyonce Dominates Disappointing VMAsMTV Video Movie Awards Recap; Beyonce Dominates Disappointing VMAs
August 25, 2014

The unofficial end of summer is here, as MTV brings its annual Video Music Awards back to Los Angeles after taking the show on the road to Brooklyn's Barclays Center a year ago. Though every VMA ceremony has a level of unpredictability, with last year's Miley Cyrus-Robin Thicke performance still disturbingly fresh in many people's minds, the question is, can anybody top it? The rumor is that Beyonc is going to be addressing rumors about her marriage during her Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award performance. Is this going to be a good thing, or a bad thing for Jovah?
Ariana Grande Performs, Takes Home Moon Man at MTV VMAsAriana Grande Performs, Takes Home Moon Man at MTV VMAs
August 25, 2014

Broadway alum Ariana Grande, not only performed twice on this year's MTV Video Music Awards, but she also took home the Moon Man for Best Pop Video for her song 'Problem,' featuring Iggy Azalea.
BWW Profile: THE NORMAL HEART from Tony-Winning Play to Emmy-Nominated FilmBWW Profile: THE NORMAL HEART from Tony-Winning Play to Emmy-Nominated Film
August 25, 2014

In 1985, Larry Kramer's play 'The Normal Heart' debuted at The Public Theatre, and sent shockwaves through the theatrical community. The play was a current, powerful look at the quick-spread of the AIDS epidemic that was raviging the gay community in New York. In The New York Times, theatre critic Frank Rich said of the initial production, 'There can be little doubt that 'The Normal Heart' is the most outspoken play around - or that it speaks up about a subject that justifies its author's unflagging, at times even hysterical, sense of urgency.'
BWW Review: SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Is Paint By Numbers DisappointmentBWW Review: SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Is Paint By Numbers Disappointment
August 22, 2014

There is a rule that is generally accepted by all movie fans; while a sequel might eclipse its original in box office receipts, merchandise sales, and social media presence, it is only on rare occasions when it can match its predecessor in terms in quality. That rule is especially true when it comes to originals that are marked by an innovation or creative flare that revolutionizes, or defies, its genre. Unfortunately, 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' is not one of those rare occasions. Titular grammatical error aside, this listless sequel provides none of the awe-inspiring spectacle of its far superior original.
SYTYCD Recap: Finalists Revealed; Dancers Perform Bway & 'Anything Goes'; Update w/ PicsSYTYCD Recap: Finalists Revealed; Dancers Perform Bway & 'Anything Goes'; Update w/ Pics
August 21, 2014

And then there were six. We are just two weeks away from the Season 11 (and possibly series) finale of 'So You Think You Can Dance,' and even though this isn't the six remaining dancers I thought we would have just a few weeks ago, that doesn't mean that the talent still on hand isn't as exciting as ever. With last week's surprising eliminations of Tanisha (that one still brings a tinge of anger) and Rudy, the field is slightly more open for dancers to claim a spot in the finale. Though Ricky is still the leader in the clubhouse in terms of guys, the girls' race is suddenly wide-open.
BWW Profile: Dame Maggie Smith Emmy-Nominated Star of Stage and ScreenBWW Profile: Dame Maggie Smith Emmy-Nominated Star of Stage and Screen
August 21, 2014

This morning we are taking a look at the illustrious career of Dame Maggie Smith. I mean, she's a Dame after all; Queen Elizabeth doesn't just hand those out to anyone. Her career includes highlights from on stage, including 'The Importance of Being Earnest,' 'Private Lives,' and 'Lettice and Lovage;' to in films as 'The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie,' 'Sister Act,' and 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel;' to her iconic role as Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham on 'Downton Abbey,' for which she is nominated for an Emmy for the fourth-consecutive year.
That'll Play Podcast Welcomes Jessica Howell; Talks Work in Theatre & on MASTERS OF SEXThat'll Play Podcast Welcomes Jessica Howell; Talks Work in Theatre & on MASTERS OF SEX
August 20, 2014

The new episode of That'll Play with Matt & John Podcast, called 'Moxie Lady' features Los Angeles based actress, Jessica Howell. Jessica discusses her upcoming role in Season 2 of the Showtime original series, 'Masters of Sex.'
BWW Profile: Benedict Cumberbatch Emmy-Nominated Star of Stage and ScreenBWW Profile: Benedict Cumberbatch Emmy-Nominated Star of Stage and Screen
August 20, 2014

Though only 38 years old, British actor Benedict Cumberbatch has already amassed an impressive list of credits on stage, on television, and on the big screen. Though he has yet to grace a Broadway stage, I have a feeling that that is just an eventuality as his popularity continues to skyrocket on this side of the Atlantic. Today we are taking a look at his career from the British stage in 'Hedda Gabler,' 'After the Dance,' and 'Frankenstein' to his work on film in '12 Years a Slave,' 'August: Osage County,' and 'Star Trek: Into Darkness,' to his iconic work on TV as the 'high-functioning sociopath' titular character on the BBC's 'Sherlock,' for which he is nominated a second time, in addition to his 2013 nomination for HBO's 'Parade's End.'
Lin-Manuel Miranda Uses Musicals to Comment on Events in Ferguson, MOLin-Manuel Miranda Uses Musicals to Comment on Events in Ferguson, MO
August 19, 2014

Over the past week, numerous celebrities have been taking to social media to advocate for a variety of extremely worthwhile causes; from the newest (#IceBucketChallenge) to the inspiring (#BwaySleepout2014) to the sorrowing (#Ferguson). Earlier this afternoon, Tony, Grammy, and recent Emmy-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda ('In the Heights,' 'Bring It On: The Musical,' 'Hamilton') took to Twitter (@Lin_Manuel) to share his heartache over the senseless violence and aftermath taking place nightly in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.
BWW Profile: Christine Baranski Emmy-Nominated Star of Stage and ScreenBWW Profile: Christine Baranski Emmy-Nominated Star of Stage and Screen
August 19, 2014

Today we take a look back at the incredible career of stage and screen star Christine Baranski; from Broadway shows like THE REAL THING, RUMORS, BOEING-BOEING, to films THE BIRDCAGE, CHICAGO, MAMMA MIA, and the upcoming INTO THE WOODS, to TV shows CYBILL, THE BIG BANG THEORY, and THE GOOD WIFE, for which she was nominated this year.
BWW Profile: Mandy Patinkin Emmy-Nominated Star of Stage and ScreenBWW Profile: Mandy Patinkin Emmy-Nominated Star of Stage and Screen
August 18, 2014

Today, we take a look back at the incredible career of award-winning stage and television icon Mandy Patinkin; from Broadway shows including EVITA, SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, and THE SECRET GARDEN, to television dramas like CHICAO HOPE, CRIMINAL MINDS, and HOMELAND, to films including YENTL, ALIEN NATION, and THE PRINCESS BRIDE.
Theater People Podcast Welcomes Tony-Winner Jerry MitchellTheater People Podcast Welcomes Tony-Winner Jerry Mitchell
August 17, 2014

On Monday, August 18th the Theater People Podcast welcomes Tony-winner Jerry Mitchell. Mitchell discusses directing and choreographing the Tony winning mega-hit KINKY BOOTS. He also discusses making his director/choreographer debut with the popular LEGALLY BLONDE as well as his collaborations with the great Jack O'Brien on HAIRSPRAY, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, THE FULL MONTY and others. The episode is available now for iTunes subscribers.
BWW Interviews: James Naughton Talks THE WORD, CITY OF ANGELS ReunionBWW Interviews: James Naughton Talks THE WORD, CITY OF ANGELS Reunion
August 15, 2014

In the new film 'The Word,' a man's otherwise perfect life is destroyed when his son is kidnapped and murdered. He finds himself torn between avenging his son's death and moving on with his now hollow existence. Two-time Tony-winner James Naughton plays F.B.I. agent Mike Sheehy, who is tasked with hunting down the boy's killer. 'The Word' opens in select cities, including New York and Los Angeles, this week. Last week, I spoke to Naughton about the film, his iconic role as the original Billy Flynn in long-running 'Chicago' revival, being a part of a family of performers, and whether or not there is any truth to the rumors of a 'City of Angels' reunion concert.
BWW Reviews: Radcliffe, Kazan Avoid Rom-Com Cliches in WHAT IF, Open TodayBWW Reviews: Radcliffe, Kazan Avoid Rom-Com Cliches in WHAT IF, Open Today
August 15, 2014

Despite the fact that it is led by two adorably dorky characters, it features Sorkin-level intelligent banter, and it consciously avoids all of the genre's cliches, 'What If;' the new movie starring Broadway regulars Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan; is a tried-and-true Romantic-Comedy at heart. Opening in select cities today, before expanding nationwide next week, 'What If' hits many of the familiar Rom-Com beats, without ever feeling like we've been there before.
SYTYCD Recap: Shocking Eliminations on Michael Jackson Night! Full Results & Pictures!SYTYCD Recap: Shocking Eliminations on Michael Jackson Night! Full Results & Pictures!
August 14, 2014

During his decade at the helm of 'American Idol,' Nigel Lythgoe beat the idea of theme weeks into a bloody, self-parodying pulp. However, tonight, Uncle Nigel is bringing a theme to 'So You Think You Can Dance' for the first time (as far as I can remember); and it is one that I can actually get behind. For tonight's Top-8 edition, each routine will be performed to a Michael Jackson song; either one of his classics, or a single from his 'new' album 'XScape.'
Broadway's Patti Murin Brings LITERALLY PATTI MURIN to 54 Below TonightBroadway's Patti Murin Brings LITERALLY PATTI MURIN to 54 Below Tonight
August 11, 2014

Don't let that ingenue face fool you - this girl's got steel pipes and the mouth of a sailor. One of Broadway's most appealing leading ladies, Patti Murin has starred in Wicked, Lysistrata Jones, Xanadu, Love's Labour's Lost, Emma, and, most recently, Fly By Night. Now she is bringing her signature vocal sound and sharp comedic timing to 54 Below. For her solo show debut, Patti will forgo the safety of standards to perform songs (almost) exclusively from the new musicals in which she has originated a role. It will literally be one of the best nights of your (her) life.


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