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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: Night Two of THE VOICE's Battle Rounds 10/14; Full Results, Reviews, & Pictures!Spoiler Alert! THE VOICE's Battle Rounds Night Two: Full Results, Reviews, Pictures!
Posted: Oct. 14, 2014


Spoiler Alert! Recap and Review: AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW Creates Conflict, Context in Best Hour YetSpoiler Alert!: AHS: FREAK SHOW Creates Conflict, Context in Best Hour Yet
Posted: Oct. 15, 2014


Spoiler Alert! Recap and Review: THE VOICE Battle Rounds Night One 10/13; Full Results and Pictures!Spoiler Alert!: THE VOICE Battle Rounds Night One 10/13; Full Results and Pictures!
Posted: Oct. 13, 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


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


Spoiler Alert! Recap and Review: AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW Welcomes 'Edward Mordrake,' Emma RobertsSpoiler Alert! Recap and Review: AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW Welcomes 'Edward Mordrake,' Emma Roberts
October 22, 2014

I was fortunate enough to have screeners of the first three hours of AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW sent to me by FX, so that means that my reviews of those episodes (Episode 1 and Episode 2) are as well-thought out and developed as I could make them. However, I began to think that one of the most entertaining elements of the horror genre is being able to share your shock and disgust with other people. So, since FX did not send out screeners for this week's episode, I decided that instead of writing a lengthy analysis after tonight's hour, I would live-recap it, and hopefully be able to share those feelings of fear and enjoyment with all of you electronically.
Spoiler Alert!: Recap & Review of THE VOICE's Final Battle Round 10/21/; Full Results!Spoiler Alert!: Recap & Review of THE VOICE's Final Battle Round 10/21/; Full Results!
October 21, 2014

We've been through 18 Battles so far on Season Seven of THE VOICE, which means tonight we have just six performances left in this round of the competition. If last week is any indication as to how this will play out, we will see three performances, and the other three will relegated to highlight clips.
Spoiler Alert! Recap and Review: Night Three of THE VOICE's Battle Rounds 10/20; Full Results!Spoiler Alert! Recap and Review: Night Three of THE VOICE's Battle Rounds 10/20; Full Results!
October 20, 2014

We are halfway through THE VOICE's Season 7 Battle Rounds, and I honestly couldn't tell you a single person who has won so far. Though there have been many memorable moments, the majority of them have involved the superstar coaches. However, tonight, I think that is going to change. In a performance preview video Team Pharrell beltresses DaNica Shirey and Toia Jones absolutely destroy Beyonce's 'Halo' in every possible good way. I have barely had a goosebump all season, let alone the full-body bumps that this performance gave me. Check it out for yourself below.
BWW Interview: Frances Fisher Discusses Last Night's Explosive RESURRECTIONBWW Interview: Frances Fisher Discusses Last Night's Explosive RESURRECTION
October 20, 2014

As more and more of the mystery unfolds on ABC's hit drama RESURRECTION, the secrets and emotions continue to build up. On last night's episode, Lucille, played by the fantastic Frances Fisher, couldn't hold in her feelings anymore, letting fly some verbal bombs that will surely have a long-lasting impact on the Langston family. On Friday, I spoke with Fisher about the episode, Lucille's relationship with recently returned-from-the-dead Mother-in-Law Margaret, and what's coming up for her character; and much like her Lucille last night, she had a lot to say!
BWW Interview: Tony-Nominee John Ellison Conlee Chats All Things BOARDWALK EMPIRE, The Commodore, and Dabney ColemanBWW Interview: Tony-Nominee John Ellison Conlee Chats All Things BOARDWALK EMPIRE, The Commodore, and Dabney Coleman
October 19, 2014

As all BOARDWALK EMPIRE fans know, tonight is the HBO series' penultimate episode. With the series finale just one week away, I recently spoke to John Ellison Conlee about his experience on the show. Conlee plays the younger version of The Commodore, Louis Kaestner. A character that played a major role in the first two seasons, when the older version was played by legendary actor Dabney Coleman.
Theater People Podcast Welcomes Three-Time Tony Nominee Celia Keenan-BolgerTheater People Podcast Welcomes Three-Time Tony Nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger
October 19, 2014

On Monday, October 20th, the Theater People Podcast welcomes three time Tony nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger. Topics discussed include her Broadway debut in the popular 2005 musical THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, her critically acclaimed turns in the Broadway productions of PETER AND THE STAR CATCHER and last year's THE GLASS MENAGERIE. She also talks about taking on the new play THE OLDEST BOY, currently in previews at the Mitzi Newhouse theater at Lincoln Theater, and the exciting experience of working for the first time on a play with two women at the helm--the playwright Sarah Ruhl, and director Rebecca Taichman.
Spoiler Alert! Recap and Review: AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW Creates Conflict, Context in Best Hour YetSpoiler Alert! Recap and Review: AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW Creates Conflict, Context in Best Hour Yet
October 15, 2014

If you are reading this review, you probably loved last week's two-hour AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW premiere as much as I did, but while last week thrived on a sensory assault of spectacular images and fascinating character portrayals, tonight's episode found inventive ways to not only deliver those incredible aesthetics again, but to also set up what has all the makings of an incredibly compelling season of stories. Simply said, this was one of the finest hours of television writing I have seen in a long time.
BWW Interview: Brian Newman on New York Jazz, Working with Gaga, Bennett on 'Cheek to Cheek'BWW Interview: Brian Newman on New York Jazz, Working with Gaga, Bennett on 'Cheek to Cheek'
October 15, 2014

There is something so cool about good jazz music. It conjures up images of men in suits, drinking top-shelf scotch in dimly-lit clubs, lounging in rich, elegant gold and maroon furnishings. When I think of jazz musicians, I think of people with a certain level of sophistication; people who appreciate the finer things in life; people who are, honestly, a little intimidating.
Spoiler Alert! Recap and Review: Night Two of THE VOICE's Battle Rounds 10/14; Full Results, Reviews, & Pictures!Spoiler Alert! Recap and Review: Night Two of THE VOICE's Battle Rounds 10/14; Full Results, Reviews, & Pictures!
October 14, 2014

I have been pretty vocal about the fact that I don't love THE VOICE's Battle Rounds. The whole point of a singing competition is to out sing your competitors. However, in the Battles, your future on the show is, in part, in the hands of your collaborator; how does that make sense? Even if the two singers create a great duet, by definition, each has to play background singer at some point in the song. How does that help you determine who is the better of the two singers? If the goal is to find the best singer possible, then you should let the singers give you their best possible performance.
Spoiler Alert! Recap and Review: THE VOICE Battle Rounds Night One 10/13; Full Results and Pictures!Spoiler Alert! Recap and Review: THE VOICE Battle Rounds Night One 10/13; Full Results and Pictures!
October 13, 2014

Well, tonight is the night when I generally begin to lose interest in NBC's juggernaut singing competition THE VOICE. As we transition from the ever compelling Blind Auditions to the generally disappointing Battle Rounds, it always annoys me that so much time and attention is focused on the coaches and the guest mentors. Yes, I love the fact that the singers are getting expert tutelage, but the show's attention should be, you know, on the contestants. While this is the only area where THE VOICE doesn't rise to the level of AMERICAN IDOL, for me, it has often been a deal breaker. I never feel the connection to THE VOICE contestants that I do to those on IDOL. Hopefully now that I am reviewing every single performance, I will actually get invested in some of the singers.
Spoiler Alert! Recap and Review: THE AFFAIR is All Kinds of Cliche and AnnoyanceSpoiler Alert! Recap and Review: THE AFFAIR is All Kinds of Cliche and Annoyance
October 12, 2014

When I first heard about Showtime's new drama THE AFFAIR, I was a bit confused. The majority of the premium channel's new shows boast a major star in the lead; William H. Macy in SHAMELESS, Don Cheadle in HOUSE OF LIES, Liev Schreiber in RAY DONOVAN, Matt LeBlanc in EPISODES ok maybe they don't all have a big star. However, the most well-known actor in THE AFFAIR is Charlie Conway, Pacey Witter, Peter Bishop, Joshua Jackson, and he's not even one of the main stars. That dubious honor belongs to THE WIRE's Dominic West and LUTHER's Ruth Wilson. Also rounding out the main characters is the always delightful, but hardly a household name, Maura Tierney.
Spoiler Alert! Recap and Review: HOMELAND's Carrie Finds Her Sanity; Quinn Loses His in 'Shalwar Kameez'Spoiler Alert! Recap and Review: HOMELAND's Carrie Finds Her Sanity; Quinn Loses His in 'Shalwar Kameez'
October 12, 2014

I don't want to get too carried away, but this week's HOMELAND actually felt a bit like the HOMELAND of old. Now, it didn't have the intrigue of the early Brody days, but it did have an exceptionally stable and competent Carrie, emotions that make sense in the context of the greater story, and the hints of a great conspiracy afoot.
Spoiler Alert! FREAK SHOW Might Just Be Best AMERICAN HORROR STORY YetSpoiler Alert! FREAK SHOW Might Just Be Best AMERICAN HORROR STORY Yet
October 8, 2014

When I was a kid, my parents never let me go to any of the traveling carnivals and circuses that crisscrossed the Midwest. They were afraid that the Ferris Wheels, Roller Coasters, and Tilt-a-Whirls that were hastily assembled in rundown shopping center parking lots weren't safe, and that if I was to climb into one of the rides, I could become the victim of a terrible tragedy. Having watched the two hour premiere of AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW, I now think that my parents significantly underestimated just how dangerous those wayfaring fairs actually were.
Two Atlanta Actors Are Creating a Magical New Musical, THE LAST TIME WE WERE HERETwo Atlanta Actors Are Creating a Magical New Musical, THE LAST TIME WE WERE HERE
October 8, 2014

Over the last month of this past summer, a new musical was exciting everyone involved with the Atlanta theatre community. However, it wasn't playing at the Alliance, or Actor's Express, or Serenbe, or at any other theatre really; instead THE LAST TIME WE WERE HERE played two nights at a Java Monkey Caf, and, in a private concert version, in the Aurora Theatre's black box.
Spoiler Alert! THE VOICE Final Blind Audition Recap 10/6; Full Results, Pictures!Spoiler Alert! THE VOICE Final Blind Audition Recap 10/6; Full Results, Pictures!
October 6, 2014

40 down, eight to go! As we enter the final night of THE VOICE's Blind Auditions, each coach is still looking for two contestants to round out his or her team. While there hasn't been the top-level talent that we've seen on THE VOICE in previous seasons, the breadth of talent is still as impressive as it ever has been; in fact it still dwarfs that of AMERICAN IDOL.
BWW Review: Fringe Favorite SEASONS Brings New Work Excitement to Florida TourBWW Review: Fringe Favorite SEASONS Brings New Work Excitement to Florida Tour
October 6, 2014

There is something exhilarating about sitting in the audience watching a new work that you think could eventually become something special. More so than any other artistic medium, pieces of musical theatre require extensive gestation periods, sometimes with years numbering in the decades. So to see a musical, somewhat early on in that process, presents an exciting opportunity to be a part of its growth. Such was the case when I saw SEASONS at Orlando Shakespeare's Mandell Theatre, which is in the midst of a state-wide tour.
Spoiler Alert! Did HOMELAND Return to Form After Brody-Induced Disaster?Spoiler Alert! Did HOMELAND Return to Form After Brody-Induced Disaster?
October 5, 2014

The brilliance of the first season of HOMELAND lay in the fact that complicated people were making complicated decisions. We weren't presented with a black-and-white world where the good guys always wore red, white, and blue. Instead, we saw people wrestling with the same geo-political issues that our nation was dealing with at the time. It was confusing, it was dirty, it was dangerous, but it was captivating and unique. Since that first season, the show has devolved into one that no longer wrestles with big issues, it instead has been driven by the same thing that drives 95% of every other show on television; love.
Theater People Podcast Welcomes Tony-Winner Lin-Manuel MirandaTheater People Podcast Welcomes Tony-Winner Lin-Manuel Miranda
October 5, 2014

On Monday, October 6th the Theater People Podcast welcomes Tony, Emmy, Drama Desk, Obie winner and Pulitzer Prize nominee Lin-Manuel Miranda. Topics discussed include Miranda's upcoming new musical HAMILTON--which makes it's world premiere at the Public Theater in January, the Tony winning IN THE HEIGHTS, BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL, AND 21 CHUMP STREET--The short musical Miranda wrote for NPR's 'This American Life.'
BWW Review: GONE GIRL is an Enthrallingly Well-Constructed Web of LiesBWW Review: GONE GIRL is an Enthrallingly Well-Constructed Web of Lies
October 3, 2014

So often, movies adapted from books are unable to navigate the pitfalls of translating introspective thoughts and first person narration on the page into tangible action on the screen. However, in GONE GIRL, author Gillian Flynn has effectively boiled down the very essence of her novel into a taut, enthralling script. Since no one knows this story better than Flynn, she was able to hand-pick the perfect elements from the Best Selling book to create a screenplay even more suspenseful and exhilarating than the source material, believe it or not.
BWW Review: Rollins' Students Shine in True-to-Life Musical, WORKINGBWW Review: Rollins' Students Shine in True-to-Life Musical, WORKING
October 2, 2014

As its opening song, and the Walt Whitman poem from which it was inspired, says, WORKING is all about the 'varied carols' of working Americans. For nearly four decades, this musical has been celebrating the high (and low) lights of the American workforce. Conceived and adapted by Stephen Schwartz (GODSPELL, WICKED) and Nina Faso, the show employs no fictional characters, instead, it draws from real-life individuals and the stories that they told legendary author and historian Studs Terkel for his book of the same name. The Rollins College production of the musical, running now through Saturday, October 4th at the Annie Russell Theatre is a joyful, if not over-stuffed, examination of this ultimately uplifting material.


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