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Matt Tamanini

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! Review: Despite Hiccups, PETER PAN LIVE! Thrives as Broadway Stars ShineSPOILER ALERT! Review: Despite Hiccups, PETER PAN LIVE! Thrives as Broadway Stars Shine
Posted: Dec. 4, 2014


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Posted: Dec. 15, 2014


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Posted: Dec. 8, 2014


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BWW Review: INTO THE WOODS Is a Wish Come True for Fans of Both Theatre and FilmBWW Review: INTO THE WOODS Is a Wish Come True for Fans of Both Theatre and Film
December 19, 2014

For many musical theatre fans, a beloved Broadway musical, fairly faithfully, adapted into a stunning big screen success, is their most treasured of Christmas wishes. In recent years, however, the holidays have brought us near misses (LES MISERABLES), underwhelming disappointments (RENT), and outright abominations (NINE). However, Disney's INTO THE WOODS, opening nationwide on Christmas Day, is those musical theatre fans' wish fulfilled. With a cast of Hollywood A-listers and Broadway alums, all of whom prove more than capable of handling Stephen Sondheim's uniquely intricate and intellectual music and lyrics, this very well might be the most effectively adapted movie musical of the past half century. The lush orchestrations, the gorgeous settings, and the spectacular cast had a smile plastered on my face from the film's first note until its last.
BUT, WAIT! WHAT? Holiday Gift Giving Guide for Pop Culture & Theatre JunkiesBUT, WAIT! WHAT? Holiday Gift Giving Guide for Pop Culture & Theatre Junkies
December 18, 2014

Ok, folks. This is getting dangerous. We are now exactly one week away from Christmas, and you still haven't started finished your shopping yet. And if you celebrate Hanukah, you're in a lot of trouble! So, I decided to help you out with a list of 10 items (in no particular order) that any pop culture fan with a modicum of taste would love to have this year. I've included classic movies, great TV shows, books, CDs, and a lot more; so if you don't find something for the entertainment lover on your list, I don't know what to tell you!
SPOILER ALERT! Recap and Review: Major Superstars Shine as THE VOICE Crowns Season 7 Champion!SPOILER ALERT! Recap and Review: Major Superstars Shine as THE VOICE Crowns Season 7 Champion!
December 16, 2014

Today I had a lengthy Twitter discussion with a few passionate fans of THE VOICE about the increasingly complicated impact of iTunes purchases on the crowning of a champion. Unlike in previous weeks, there is no iTunes x10 bonus tonight, but the contestants will get cumulative credit for every song sold on iTunes starting with Top 12 week. I wanted to link to the official voting rules on NBC's website, but mysteriously they have taken it down since this morning; adding even more full to the conspiracy fire that always surrounds the finales of competition reality shows. If you want to try and prognosticate based on iTunes rankings from around the end of voting, PopVortex has a good breakdown.
ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND Ballet Hits US Movie Theatres, Beginning TodayALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND Ballet Hits US Movie Theatres, Beginning Today
December 16, 2014

Tumble down the rabbit hole this holiday season with an as-live performance of Christopher Wheeldon's magical Alice's Adventures in Wonderland screening in U.S. theaters today, December 16. Alternative Content will bring encore screenings to U.S. theaters throughout January 2015.
SPOILER ALERT! Recap and Review: THE VOICE Final Four Sing on Performance Finale 12/15; Full Review and Pictures!SPOILER ALERT! Recap and Review: THE VOICE Final Four Sing on Performance Finale 12/15; Full Review and Pictures!
December 15, 2014

Well, nearly three months after Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams, and Blake Shelton first hit their 'I Want You' buttons on Season 7 of THE VOICE, we have made it to the finale. 70 artists auditioned for the coaches, 48 were chosen for a team, 20 sang for America's vote, and now only four remain with the hope of being crowned this season's champion. Chris Jamison, Craig Wayne Boyd, Matt McAndrew, and the Wild Card-winning Damien will sing tonight.
Theater People Podcast Counts Down Top-10 MomentsTheater People Podcast Counts Down Top-10 Moments
December 15, 2014

To celebrate their first year of podcasting, the Theater People Podcast is counting down its Top-10 moments. As he has done before, host Patrick Hinds is giving the BroadwayWorld readers an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at what happens before, during, and after the the tape is rolling.
BWW Review: The ANNIE Remake is Bad, but Not 
Nearly as Bad as You ThinkBWW Review: The ANNIE Remake is Bad, but Not Nearly as Bad as You Think
December 15, 2014

Full disclosure, I was completely ready to despise everything about the remake of ANNIE starring Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhane Wallis. In fact, I had already written the lede in my head, and let me tell you, it was scathing. But, then I saw the movie, and was pleasantly surprised by how not completely horrible it was. Yes, it will probably still rank as one of the worst big screen musical adaptations of the past decade; just above the disastrous NINE; but there was plenty to appreciate for musical theatre lovers young and old.
SPOILER ALERT! Recap and Review: BACKSTAGE WITH DISNEY ON BROADWAY Confirms FROZEN Heading to Broadway!SPOILER ALERT! Recap and Review: BACKSTAGE WITH DISNEY ON BROADWAY Confirms FROZEN Heading to Broadway!
December 14, 2014

Tonight, the mammoth Disney Theatricals pulls back the curtain on the eight Broadway shows that they have brought to the stage over the past 20 years. BACKSTAGE WITH DISNEY ON BROADWAY: CELEBRATING 20 YEARS will be hosted by Broadway favorite, and ABC Family member, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and will feature performances by Elton John, Sam Palladio and Clare Bowen (from ABC's NASHVILLE), Ashley Brown (Broadway's original Mary Poppins), Darren Criss (GLEE), Adam Jacobs (Broadway's Aladdin), and more.
Theater People Podcast Welcomes Tony-Winner LaChanze from IF/THENTheater People Podcast Welcomes Tony-Winner LaChanze from IF/THEN
December 14, 2014

On Monday, December 15, the Theater People Podcast welcomes Tony winning Actress LaChanze. LaChanze, currently starring in Tom Yorkey/Brian Kitt hit musical IF/THEN discusses her role in the show and why this particular character drew her back to Broadway after an eight year break. She also discusses being a working single mom and her delight in working alongside co-stars Idina Menzel, Anthony Rapp, and Jen Colella.
BWW Movies Contest: Just Three Days Left to Win an Autographed GREMLINS Poster!BWW Movies Contest: Just Three Days Left to Win an Autographed GREMLINS Poster!
December 12, 2014

As BWW Movies World announced on Wednesday, we are celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the release of the classic horror film GREMLINS with a special giveaway.
BWW Discussion: BroadwayWorld Orlando Chats New PHANTOM TourBWW Discussion: BroadwayWorld Orlando Chats New PHANTOM Tour
December 11, 2014

Last week, the newly reimagined tour of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA set up shop at The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Orlando. The production continues its run in the City Beautiful through Sunday. Two of BroadwayWorld Orlando's editors, Matt Tamanini and Kimberly Moy, attended the press night, and discussed their differing impressions afterward.
ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND Ballet to Play US Movie Theatres this Holiday SeasonALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND Ballet to Play US Movie Theatres this Holiday Season
December 10, 2014

Tumble down the rabbit hole this holiday season with an as-live performance of Christopher Wheeldon's magical Alice's Adventures in Wonderland screening in U.S. theaters Tuesday, December 16. Alternative Content will bring encore screenings to U.S. theaters throughout January 2015.
BWW Movies Contest: Win an Autographed GREMLINS Mini Poster!BWW Movies Contest: Win an Autographed GREMLINS Mini Poster!
December 10, 2014

In celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the iconic horror film GREMLINS, BWW Movies World is excited to be a part of a special contest.
BWW Exclusive Interview: Bernadette Peters Discusses MOZART IN THE JUNGLE, Why INTO THE WOODS Is Such an Important WorkBWW Exclusive Interview: Bernadette Peters Discusses MOZART IN THE JUNGLE, Why INTO THE WOODS Is Such an Important Work
December 10, 2014

Golden Globe and two time-Tony winner Bernadette Peters is one of the most respected and reveered performers in the history of the Broadway stage, but her career spans far beyond the lights of Times Square. She starred in Oscar nominated film PENNIES FROM HEAVENS and Mel Brooks' SILENT FILM, and she was a regular on THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW, ALLY MCBEAL, and SMASH. Beginning on December 23rd, Peters will be featured in the original dark comedy MOZART IN THE JUNGLE from Amazon Studios.
SPOILER ALERT! Recap and Review: THE VOICE Offers Redemption in Wild Card Round; Full Review!SPOILER ALERT! Recap and Review: THE VOICE Offers Redemption in Wild Card Round; Full Review!
December 9, 2014

Leave it to NBC's THE VOICE to change up their format with little to no warning. One could say that it is in an effort to get (or keep) a specific producer-favorite in the competition, or it could just be a shrewd programming decision to make a normally anticlimactic results show just a bit more interesting.
BWW TV: Stars of PHANTOM Tour Talk Recent Changes & New Dr. Phillips CenterBWW TV: Stars of PHANTOM Tour Talk Recent Changes & New Dr. Phillips Center
December 9, 2014

The recently reimagined tour of iconic musical THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is in the middle of its stop at Orlando's brand new Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Last week, after their first preview performance, stars Katie Travis (Christine Daae), Jacquelynne Fontaine (Carlotta Giudicelli), and Frank Viveros (Ubaldo Piangi) sat down with media to discuss the changes made to the show, the gorgeous Walt Disney Theatre, and being a part of the 'Phantom Phamily.'
BWW Review: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Makes a Believer at Dr. Phillips CenterBWW Review: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Makes a Believer at Dr. Phillips Center
December 8, 2014

In the summer of 1998, as part of my high school's drama club, I made my first trip to New York City. Over the course of seven days, I saw eight musicals, both on and Off-Broadway. While I was already a devout musical theatre fan, seven of those eight solidified my love for the art form, while one left me cold, and slightly angry. That show was THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. I have spent the past 16 years saying that Andrew Lloyd Weber and Charles Hart's musical was the worst Broadway or touring show that I have ever seen. So, when it was announced that its newly reimagined staging would be the first touring production to grace Orlando's Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, I was honestly hopeful that as I aged, my appreciation for the longest running show in Broadway history would have as well; and I am happy to say that it most certainly did.
SPOILER ALERT! Recap and Review: THE VOICE's Final Five Sing Twice as a Favorite Emerges from the SemifinalsSPOILER ALERT! Recap and Review: THE VOICE's Final Five Sing Twice as a Favorite Emerges from the Semifinals
December 8, 2014

Ok, things are getting real on NBC's THE VOICE tonight. Five artists will compete in the Semifinals hoping to secure a spot in next week's Season Seven finale. If last season is any indication, two of the semifinalists will be eliminated on Tuesday, but with THE VOICE's track-record of mixing up their format, you can never quite be sure. Case and point, on Tuesday's Results Show, eliminated contestants will have a chance to sing and earn another chance at the title. Will it be just the seven singers eliminated since Week 1's mass elimination of eight? Hopefully we will get some clarification during tonight's episode.
BWW Interview: Tony Nominee Thomas Sadoski on TAKE CARE, THE NEWSROOM, New York Theatre CommunityBWW Interview: Tony Nominee Thomas Sadoski on TAKE CARE, THE NEWSROOM, New York Theatre Community
December 8, 2014

The new independent film TAKE CARE stars Leslie Bibb and Thomas Sadoski. Since 1998, Sadoski has been one of the most reliable performers in the New York theatre community, being seen in world premieres by Lucy Thurber, Rajiv Joseph, Neil LaBute, and and Jon Robin Baitz, amongst many others. He earned a Tony-nom for REASONS TO BE PRETTY, and Obie and Lucille Lortel Awards for the original Off-Broadway production of OTHER DESERT CITIES.
BWW Interview: Iron Sheik Discusses Documentary, Career, Drug Use, Justin BieberBWW Interview: Iron Sheik Discusses Documentary, Career, Drug Use, Justin Bieber
December 8, 2014

For professional wrestling fans who came to the 'sport' in the 80s, there was likely no one they hated more than The Iron Sheik, but the life of Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri is more than just his wrestling persona. The former Iranian National Wrestling Champion fled the country in the early 1970's and became a member of the United States Olympic coaching staff before moving from the mat to the squared circle.


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