Matt Tamanini

Matt Tamanini

Matt is BroadwayWorld's Senior TV and Film critic, and works behind-the-scenes at BWW as well. He 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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VIDEO FLASHBACK: Look Back at the Incredible Career of Stage and Screen Legend Debbie ReynoldsLook Back at the Legendary Career of Debbie Reynolds
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BWW Review: HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Serves as a Joyful, Optimistic Reminder of a Powerful MessageBWW Review: HAIRSPRAY is a Joyful, Optimistic Reminder of a Powerful Message
Posted: Dec. 8, 2016


Apply to Be BroadwayWorld's Database and Theatre History Intern for Winter 2017!Apply to Be BroadwayWorld's Database & Theatre History Intern for Winter 2016-2017!
Posted: Dec. 28, 2016


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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


VIDEO FLASHBACK: Look Back at the Incredible Career of Stage and Screen Legend Debbie ReynoldsLook Back at the Legendary Career of Debbie Reynolds
Posted: Dec. 28, 2016


BWW Review: FOX's THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW is an Underwhelming, Sanitized DisappointmentReview: ROCKY HORROR is Underwhelming, Sanitized Disappointment
Posted: Oct. 20, 2016


BroadwayWorld's Live 89th Academy Awards Live BlogBroadwayWorld's Live 89th Academy Awards Live Blog
February 26, 2017

Tonight, BroadwayWorld's Senior TV and Film Critic, Matt Tamanini will be live blogging the 89th Academy Awards, so join him as ceremony gets underway at 8:30 p.m. EST. With movie-musical LA LA LAND and stage-to-screen adaptation FENCES nominated for Best Picture and playwrights Kenneth Lonergan, Tarell Alvin McCraney, and Robert Schenkkan with works nominated in the category as well, the ceremony is shaping up to be quite theatrical.

BWW Interview: FENCES Star Russell Hornsby Discuss the Joys & Responsibilities of Performing August Wilson's WorksBWW Interview: FENCES Star Russell Hornsby Discuss the Joys & Responsibilities of Performing August Wilson's Works
February 26, 2017

Since 2011, Russell Hornsby's career has taken him to Portland, OR as Detective Hank Griffin on NBC's supernatural drama, GRIMM. However, 2016 brought him back to his roots. Though he has had considerable success on screens large and small, the actor has always found a home in the works of August Wilson. Hornsby won a Drama Desk Award as part of the cast of the original Off-Broadway cast of JITNEY in 2000, and earned a Lortel nomination in 2007 for playing the title role in KING HEDLEY II. But, it was his Broadway debut in 2010's revival of FENCES set him on his path to the Academy Awards.

BWW Interview: Marc Kudisch Talks BILLIONS, Changing Landscape of Theatre and TelevisionBWW Interview: Marc Kudisch Talks BILLIONS, Changing Landscape of Theatre and Television
February 26, 2017

Anyone familiar with the career of three-time Tony-nominee Marc Kudisch knows two things about him; 1) he is one of the most talented stage actors of his generation, and 2) he is as passionate as he is talented. Despite more than two decades of success on the New York stage, including 13 Broadway and seven Off-Broadway shows, countless readings, benefits, and concerts, and additional regional productions, the actor has been popping up on television much more frequently recently. Partly by choice, and partly because of the evolving landscapes of theatre and television, Kudisch has consciously made on-screen roles more a part of his plan in recent years, in fact, he begins an explosive Season 2 arc on Showtime's BILLIONS tonight as the new Axe Capital corporate therapist, Dr. Gus. BILLIONS airs on Sundays at 10p/9c.

BWW Experts and Stage and Screen Stars Pick the 2017 Academy Award WinnersBWW Experts and Stage and Screen Stars Pick the 2017 Academy Award Winners
February 24, 2017

Time is running out to get your 2017 Oscars Pool picks in, so we here at BroadwayWorld have put together a team of experts and stage and screen stars to help you in your prognostication. The stars lending their acting and filmmaking expertise are Broadway and CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND star Donna Lynne Champlin; UNDATEABLE and the West End's Dewey Finn in SCHOOL OF ROCK, David Fynn; Broadway and CHICAGO MED star Patti Murin; and one of the stars of the new Broadway musical Caesar Samayoa.

UPDATED BWW Flashback: Take a Look Back at Oscar-Winner Viola Davis' Tony-Winning Stage CareerUPDATED BWW Flashback: Take a Look Back at Oscar-Winner Viola Davis' Tony-Winning Stage Career
February 20, 2017

Last night two-time Tony Award-winner Viola Davis made history as the first African-American to win an Emmy in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category. She was recognized for her role as the brilliant attorney and professor Annalise Keating on the Shonda Rhimes drama HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER. In addition to her Emmy and Tonys, Davis has won three Drama Desks and three SAG Awards. During her acceptance speech, Davis quoted Harriet Tubman and talked about breaking boundaries and redefining what Hollywood thinks of as beautiful.

Tony-Winner Laura Benanti Welcomes First Child on Valentine's DayTony-Winner Laura Benanti Welcomes First Child on Valentine's Day
February 14, 2017

Can you think of a better way to celebrate the Valentine's Day holiday than this? Tony-winner Laura Benanti's publicist confirmed to BroadwayWorld that the star of stage and screenand her husband, Patrick Brown, welcomed their first child at 3:33 p.m. EST on Valentines Day.

New from BroadwayWorld, Your Own Auto-Updating Official Web SiteNew from BroadwayWorld, Your Own Auto-Updating Official Web Site
February 8, 2017

It's been our most requested feature since we first launched the BroadwayWorld Database almost 10 years ago - how can I make this page my automatically updating official web site? Great news - now you can! For the lowest monthly fee available (and with an additional discount on annual subscriptions) we're very excited to make this feature available.

BWW Interview: GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE, Broadway's 'Little-Show-That-Could,' Pulls into OrlandoBWW Interview: GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE, Broadway's 'Little-Show-That-Could,' Pulls into Orlando
February 6, 2017

When A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER debuted on Broadway In October 2013, very few, if any, theatrical observers pegged the show for a two-plus-year main-stem run and four Tony Awards. After debuting at the Hartford Stage in Connecticut the previous November, and having another out-of-town tryout the following March at the Old Globe in San Diego, the show came to Broadway with very little fan-fare. Over-shadowed in the season by bigger-name musicals like ALADDIN, LES MISERABLES, BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROL KING MUSICAL, and HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE trudged along in its first six months in New York hovering between $400,000-$500,000 at the weekly box office; likely not covering its operating costs.

Stone, Davis, Pasek & Paul, Lonergan; All Winners of the 89th Annual Academy AwardsStone, Davis, Pasek & Paul, Lonergan; All Winners of the 89th Annual Academy Awards
February 26, 2017

The 89th Oscars is taking place tonight, Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Centerin Hollywood, and will be broadcast live on the ABC Television Network. BWW will be updating live!

BWW Interview: Joe Morton Talks SCANDAL's Papa Pope, Bringing TURN ME LOOSE to BroadwayBWW Interview: Joe Morton Talks SCANDAL's Papa Pope, Bringing TURN ME LOOSE to Broadway
January 26, 2017

There are very few characters on television as terrifying as SCANDAL's Eli Pope. The former (or is he?) head of the classified, covert government organization B613 has been the series' most dangerous and destructive force since Season 2, and with tonight's highly anticipated Season 6 premiere just hours away, Papa Pope's portrayer Tony-nominee and Emmy-winner Joe Morton is happy that the show is finally back.

BWW Interview: Bryce Pinkham Discusses his 'Wildly Quirky' Role on MERCY STREETBWW Interview: Bryce Pinkham Discusses his 'Wildly Quirky' Role on MERCY STREET
January 21, 2017

Fresh off of his Broadway return leading the feel-good musical HOLIDAY INN at Roundabout's Studio 54, Tony-nominee Bryce Pinkham describes his next role as 'wildly quirky,' 'an iron fist in a velvet glove,' and possessing 'a certain verbal flair.' Beginning this Sunday, January 22nd, Pinkham joins PBS's Civil War medical drama, MERCY STREET, as Major Clayton McBurney III, the new head of the hospital at Mansion House.

BWW Review: SILENCE is a Solemn, Understated Study of FaithBWW Review: SILENCE is a Solemn, Understated Study of Faith
January 25, 2017

Over the four-plus decades of his filmmaking career, Martin Scorsese has never shied away from looking at the brutal realities of people dealing with questions of faith and morality. In his latest film, SILENCE, which is in theaters nationwide, Scorsese unspools a two-hour-and-42-minute rumination on what it means to be faithful and to search for redemption, even when everything in your physical world is telling you to give up.

BWW Review: One-of-a-Kind Jessica Vosk Soars in Spellbinding National Tour of WICKED at the Dr. Phillips CenterBWW Review: One-of-a-Kind Jessica Vosk Soars in Spellbinding National Tour of WICKED at the Dr. Phillips Center
January 16, 2017

For over 13years, the musical WICKED has been a shining example of the biggest and most spectacular shows that Broadway has to offer. However, hiding behind the colorful costumes, the special effects, the familiar Ozian setting, and all of the other trappings of the modern day mega-musical is a much deeper and finely crafted show than it is often given credit for. The show's national tour, currently playing at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando through January 29th, thrives on the tried and true escapism that the show is known for, but with a truly remarkable actress leading the production, the showtranscends its base entertainment value to deliver a nuanced, rewarding theatrical experience.

VIDEO FLASHBACK: Look Back at the Incredible Career of Stage and Screen Legend Debbie ReynoldsVIDEO FLASHBACK: Look Back at the Incredible Career of Stage and Screen Legend Debbie Reynolds
December 28, 2016

Just one day after the heartbreaking passing of her daughter Carrie Fisher, the world was again shocked to learn of the tragic passing of Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds. One of the brightest stars of the Golden Age of Movie Musicals, Reynolds came to fame at just 19 years old in the MGM classic SINGIN' IN THE RAIN.

BWW Review: HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Serves as a Joyful, Optimistic Reminder of a Powerful MessageBWW Review: HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Serves as a Joyful, Optimistic Reminder of a Powerful Message
December 8, 2016

There is one undeniable quality that HAIRSPRAY has retained as it has journeyed from the big screen to the stage, back to the big screen, and now to the small. The infectious excitement and optimism that Tracy Turnblad sings with in the opening number, 'Good Morning Baltimore,' is one of the most magical and important gifts that the musical theatre has given in recent decades. From the moment that the original musical burst onto Broadway in 2002, it has been a literal and figurative rainbow of joy and happiness, and fortunately for the show's legions of fans, directed by Tony-winner Kenny Leon, NBC's live adaptation has maintained every delightful ounce of the musical's giddy goodness.

Apply to Be BroadwayWorld's Database and Theatre History Intern for Winter 2017!Apply to Be BroadwayWorld's Database and Theatre History Intern for Winter 2017!
December 28, 2016

Is Jen Tepper your idol? Trick question, Jen Tepper is everyone's idol. While there will never be another Jen Tepper, if she has inspired you to become a theatre historian, then BroadwayWorld.com, the largest theatre site on the internet, has the perfect Spring 2016 Semester internship for you. The BWW Database and History Intern will help maintain the largest theatrical database in the world and will write original pieces chronicling the history of shows, performers, artists, theatres, the Tonys, and more for publication on BroadwayWorld.

BWW Review: SPLIT is a Tense, Artistic, and Compelling Return to Form for ShyamalanBWW Review: SPLIT is a Tense, Artistic, and Compelling Return to Form for Shyamalan
January 27, 2017

For a generation, M. Night Shyamalan changed the way that people viewed movies. With the words, 'I see dead people,' he became one of the most fascinating filmmakers in Hollywood, and, for a five-year period, rode nearly universal critical and box office success to near-superstardom. However, even though 2004's THE VILLAGE did a healthy $257 million at the box office, it was his most critically derided film to that point.

BWW Review: MOANA is a Breathtakingly Beautiful Film Worthy of Disney ClassicsBWW Review: MOANA is a Breathtakingly Beautiful Film Worthy of Disney Classics
November 23, 2016

As we move into the holiday season, undoubtedly there is much for everyone to be thankful for, and if you head out to the movie theatre over the long Thanksgiving weekend, chances are good that you will be counting your blessings that the gods have brought Disney's latest animated musical MOANA into your life. With a screenplay by Jared Bush and music by Mark Mancina, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Opetaia Foa'I, MOANA is a gorgeous, charming film deserving of a spot amongst the Disney classics.

BWW Review: CURIOUS INCIDENT is a Beautiful, but Distant Look at the Life of an OutsiderBWW Review: CURIOUS INCIDENT is a Beautiful, but Distant Look at the Life of an Outsider
November 2, 2016

In THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, running through November 6th at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, the world is full of chaos, and one special boy named Christopher is intent on figuring it out. With a dizzying assault of sights, sounds, and information that over stimulate both Christopher and the audience, the first National Tour of CURIOUS INCIDENT is a theatrical spectacle that theatre lovers won't want to miss.

BWW Review: ROCK THE PRESIDENTS is a Rockin' Ride Through Presidential HistoryBWW Review: ROCK THE PRESIDENTS is a Rockin' Ride Through Presidential History
November 1, 2016

As our presidential election (thankfully) moves into its final days, the Orlando Repertory Theatre is currently serving up a delightful injection of fun and patriotism that might just do the trick to get your spirits up about exercising your civic duty. Directed by Jeffrey M. Revels, ROCK THE PRESIDENTS runs through November 13th, and no matter what the outcome next Tuesday, this silly, informative 55-minute musical will have you tapping your toes and thinking about the best that America has to offer.



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