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


BWW Recap: Did SYTYCD's Top-16 Episode Feature the Show's Sexiest Routine Ever? Updated & with PicturesBWW Recap: Did SYTYCD's Top-16 Episode Feature the Show's Sexiest Routine Ever? Updated & with Pictures
Posted: Jul. 24, 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


SYTYCD Recap: Finalists Revealed; Dancers Perform Bway & 'Anything Goes'SYTYCD Recap: Finalists Revealed; Dancers Perform Bway & 'Anything Goes'
August 20, 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.
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.
BWW Interviews: WHAT IF Writer Elan Mastai Embraces & Subverts Rom-Com ConventionsBWW Interviews: WHAT IF Writer Elan Mastai Embraces & Subverts Rom-Com Conventions
August 8, 2014

In the new romantic comedy, Broadway regulars Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan play a couple who are struggling to stay 'just friends.' In my review, I wrote, 'the chemistry between the two threatens to light the screen on fire.' In advance of the opening in select cities, including New York and Los Angeles, I spoke with director Michael Dowse and screenwriter Elan Mastai about the film.
BWW Interviews: As Patti Murin Preps for 54 Below Show, She Talks Skivvies, Sierra Boggess, & Potato ChipsBWW Interviews: As Patti Murin Preps for 54 Below Show, She Talks Skivvies, Sierra Boggess, & Potato Chips
August 8, 2014

Over the past few weeks, we here at BroadwayWorld have been very lucky to welcome Broadway leading lady Patti Murin into our extended family. From recapping the Season Finale of 'The Bachelorette' to interviewing it's happy couple and not so happy runner-up. But now it's time for Patti to get back to what she does best, sing her face off! This Monday, August 11th at 7:00pm at 54 Below, Patti will be performing her first-ever solo show, 'Literally Patti Murin.' She's a little anxious about people actually being in the audience, so help her self-esteem and get your tickets now. The interview will still be here when you get back.
Broadway's Patti Murin Brings 'Literally Patti Murin' to 54 Below 8/11Broadway's Patti Murin Brings 'Literally Patti Murin' to 54 Below 8/11
August 7, 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.
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; Updated with Full Reviews & Pictures!
August 7, 2014

Well, if you weren't fully invested in Season 11 of 'So You Think You Can Dance' yet, tonight is the night to dive-in head first. With the Top-10 being joined by an incredible cast of All-Stars, this week's episode brought about as much excitement as a dance fan can handle. Each dancer was, more or less, paired with an All-Star inside their genre, and nearly all of the 10 couples delivered excellent routines. That being said, a few left me disappointed.
BWW Interviews: WHAT IF Director Michael Dowse Discusses Working with Stage Vets Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe KazanBWW Interviews: WHAT IF Director Michael Dowse Discusses Working with Stage Vets Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan
August 7, 2014

I recently spoke to the director of 'What If,' Michael Dowse, about the film's intelligent, cliche-defying approach to the familiar Rom-Com genre, and directing actors with extensive stage experience like Radcliffe, Kazan, and Driver. I also spoke to screenwriter Elan Mastai, and that conversation will be available on BroadwayWorld tomorrow, as will my review of the film, so check back with us on Friday for all the 'What If' you can handle.
BWW Exclusive: Theater People Podcast Host Patrick Hinds Discusses Booking Dream-Guest Karen OlivoBWW Exclusive: Theater People Podcast Host Patrick Hinds Discusses Booking Dream-Guest Karen Olivo
August 6, 2014

At the beginning of this year, a new theatre-centric podcast debuted, and has been supplying extremely insightful and heartfelt stories ever since. One of the show's charms is the amount of love and appreciation that host Patrick Hinds shows each guest. For their most recent episode, Hinds interviewed Tony-winner Karen Olivo, and what resulted was a moving hour of conversation. Olivo has been one of Broadway's most talented stars for over a decade, but in 2013, she decide to 'retire' and leave New York City.
Theater People Podcast Welcomes Tony-Winning star of IN THE HEIGHTS, WEST SIDE STORY Karen OlivoTheater People Podcast Welcomes Tony-Winning star of IN THE HEIGHTS, WEST SIDE STORY Karen Olivo
August 3, 2014

On Monday, August 4th the Theater People Podcast welcomes Tony-winner Karen Olivo. Olivo made headlines in 2013 when she announced on her blog that she would be taking a step back from acting and leaving New York City in order to move to Madison, Wisconsin to pursue other interests and passions.
BWW TV Seeks Writers to Recap Exciting Fall TV ShowsBWW TV Seeks Writers to Recap Exciting Fall TV Shows
August 3, 2014

BroadwayWorld TV is currently seeking talented television enthusiasts to add to our TV recapping and feature; coverage for a handful of shows returning and premiering this fall. We currently have a stable of 33 writers recapping 72 shows this season, but there are a handful of shows that we would still like to cover; check out the list is at the bottom of this post.
BWW Reviews: Serenbe's OKLAHOMA! Provides Unique Excitement That Will Make All Fall in Love with TheatreBWW Reviews: Serenbe's OKLAHOMA! Provides Unique Excitement That Will Make All Fall in Love with Theatre
July 31, 2014

The theatre-going experience at Serenbe Playhouse is as exciting as anything I've ever seen. It's not the excitement manufactured by the tricks and effects of modern theatricality (not that I don't love those as well), but this is the type of excitement that you feel in your bones. The type of excitement that makes you forget that you are an adult watching other adults pretend. This is the type of excitement that makes you fall in love with live theatre.


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