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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Artwork Revealed for ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY with Kristin ChenowethArtwork Revealed for ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY with Kristin Chenoweth
Posted: Jul. 9, 2014


BWW Recap: SYTYCD Takes Trip to Broadway with ON THE TOWN, HEDWIG's Spencer Liff (Updated with Pictures & Special Announcement)BWW Recap: SYTYCD Takes Trip to Broadway with ON THE TOWN & More
Posted: Jul. 10, 2014


BWW Reviews: Actor's Express' ROCKY HORROR SHOW is a Titillating Evening of Talent and DepravityBWW Reviews: Actor's Express' ROCKY HORROR SHOW is a Titillating Evening of Talent and Depravity
Posted: Jul. 15, 2014


BWW Interviews: 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY Showrunners Preview Tonight's Explosive Season FinaleBWW Interviews: 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY Showrunners Preview Tonight's Explosive Season Finale
Posted: Jul. 14, 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


MASTERCHEF Champ Christine Ha Shares her 'Humble Apple Pie' RecipeMASTERCHEF Champ Christine Ha Shares her 'Humble Apple Pie' Recipe
July 23, 2014

Christine Ha is not only a MASTERCHEF champion, but also an inspiration to millions. Having been declared legally blind in 2007, she proved that with talent and hardwork, no obstacle is too difficult to overcome. In fact, as she shared when I recently spoke with her, Christine's victory inspired Alexander Weiss to audition for, and eventually win, the first season of MASTERCHEF JR.
MASTERCHEF Champ Christine Ha Shares her Buttermilk Fried Chicken RecipeMASTERCHEF Champ Christine Ha Shares her Buttermilk Fried Chicken Recipe
July 22, 2014

Christine Ha is not only a MASTERCHEF champion, but also an inspiration to millions. Having been declared legally blind in 2007, she proved that with talent and hardwork, no obstacle is too difficult to overcome. In fact, as she shared when I recently spoke with her, Christine's victory inspired Alexander Weiss to audition for, and eventually win, the first season of MASTERCHEF JR.
BWW Interviews: Christine Ha talks about MASTERCHEF Cruise, Show Strategy, and Food InspirationBWW Interviews: Christine Ha talks about MASTERCHEF Cruise, Show Strategy, and Food Inspiration
July 21, 2014

In 2012, Christine Ha not only became the first blind contestant to appear on MASTERCHEF, but she went on to win the show's third season. Since then, she has published her first cookbook 'Recipes From My Home Kitchen,' and this November, she will be one of the show's alums to be aboard the first ever MASTERCHEF Cruise.
Theater People Podcast Welcomes Two-Time Tony Nominee Robin De JesusTheater People Podcast Welcomes Two-Time Tony Nominee Robin De Jesus
July 20, 2014

On Monday, July 21st the Theater People Podcast welcomes two-time Tony-nominee Robin de Jesus. De Jesus discusses making his professional acting debut in the cult-hit indie film CAMP, making his Broadway debut as an understudy in RENT, creating the role of Sonny in the groundbreaking IN TH EHEIGHTS, co-starring as Jacob in the 2010 revival of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES alongside Kelsey Grammer, and receiving Tony nominations for the latter two roles.
The BOXTROLLS Will Roll at All-American Soap Box DerbyThe BOXTROLLS Will Roll at All-American Soap Box Derby
July 18, 2014

America's iconic FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby holds its 77th annual World Championship finals at Derby Downs in Akron, Ohio on Saturday, July 26th and characters from the Boxtrolls movie will be joining the fun, even racing down the track in their own custom-built car. Focus Features, which releases LAIKA's family event movie The Boxtrolls nationwide on Friday, September 26th, is partnering with the International Soap Box Derby and inviting families attending the World Championship to explore the fantastical world of The Boxtrolls as an official sponsor of the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby.
Atlanta Actors De Maria, Hobbs Offer Free Preview of New Musical THE LAST TIME WE WERE HEREAtlanta Actors De Maria, Hobbs Offer Free Preview of New Musical THE LAST TIME WE WERE HERE
July 18, 2014

Atlanta actors Jessica De Maria (currently in Aurora Theatre's MARY POPPINS as Mrs. Brill and Bird Woman) and Jeremiah Parker Hobbs (currently appearing as Riff Raff in Actor's Express's THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW) are hosting a free preview of the musicand selections from the script of their new musical THE LAST TIME WE WERE HERE.
BWW Reviews: Diaz, Segel are Funny & Sexy in Overly-Sanitized SEX TAPEBWW Reviews: Diaz, Segel are Funny & Sexy in Overly-Sanitized SEX TAPE
July 18, 2014

Let's be clear, no movie about two parents making a sex tape to get out of their marital rut can ever be described as family-friendly (especially this one), but SEX TAPE, from director Jake Kasdan, feels like a sanitized attempt to recreate the over-the-top raunchy humor of THE HANGOVER, BRIDESMAIDS, and HORRIBLE BOSSES. Despite its slightly restrained feel, the movie, mainly on the likeability of stars Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel, manages to be entertaining and diverting, despite not being all that memorable. It feels like Kasdan is trying to delicately straddle the line between gross-out comedy and rom-com. Unfortunately, that indecision robs the film of its teeth unless you like that sort of thing.
BWW Reviews: Zach Braff's WISH I WAS HERE is Cliche, Snuggles Into Your Heart; Opens Today in NY, LABWW Reviews: Zach Braff's WISH I WAS HERE is Cliche, Snuggles Into Your Heart; Opens Today in NY, LA
July 18, 2014

There is nothing all that original in WISH I WAS HERE, Zach Braff's new Kickstarter-funded film which sparked a minor controversy earlier this year. However, the story's familiarity doesn't distance itself from its audience, instead it serves as an opportunity for the story to snuggle its way into your heart. Themes of family, following your dreams, disappointment, and identity are, by no means, unfamiliar territory for films, especially those of the independent variety, but Braff handles these topics with such honesty and respect, that it all feels slightly revolutionary. The film's mix of humor and heart will hit the sweet spot for Braff's GARDEN STATE, SCRUBS, and even BULLETS OVER BROADWAY fans. However, I'm not completely sure that those not predisposed to liking Braff's work will appreciate the film's slightly over-saturated sentimentality.
BWW Reviews: Stage Door's ODD COUPLE Brings Nuanced Laughs to Classic ComedyBWW Reviews: Stage Door's ODD COUPLE Brings Nuanced Laughs to Classic Comedy
July 18, 2014

Perhaps no modern play has been so engrained in our country's consciousness over the past five decades as Neil Simon's classic comedy, THE ODD COUPLE. That fact notwithstanding, Stage Door Players' production, running now through August 3rd, still finds new and inventive ways to entertain. The production, directed by Shelly McCook, stars Stage Door's Artistic Director Robert Egizio as uptight Felix Unger, and the Atlanta Lyric Theatre's Associate Artistic Director Alan Kilpatrick as the slovenly Oscar Madison. Oscar takes in his best friend Felix after he is kicked out by his wife, despite the fact that the two have little in common, other than their weekly poker game.
BREAKING DOWN THE RIFFS' Natalie Weiss Will 'Break Down the Moves' as BWW TV's Guest SYTYCD Recapper TonightBREAKING DOWN THE RIFFS' Natalie Weiss Will 'Break Down the Moves' as BWW TV's Guest SYTYCD Recapper Tonight
July 16, 2014

Natalie Weiss is known for 'Breaking Down the Riffs,' but tonight, she will be 'Breaking Down the Moves,' as she becomes BWW TV's first Celebrity Guest-Recapper. Since I will be at a movie premiere and unable to recap SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, Natalie has graciously agreed to step in.
BWW Reviews: GA Shakespeare's ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS is as Good as a Summer Comedy GetsBWW Reviews: GA Shakespeare's ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS is as Good as a Summer Comedy Gets
July 16, 2014

There has barely been a bad word said about this show since it debuted on Broadway in 2012 (racking up seven Tony nominations), but because I didn't know much about it, I took a while to settle into the comedic rhythm of Georgia Shakespeare's production of ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS. However, once I realized that the show was far more farcical than I at first realized, it became one of the most laugh-out-loud, joyous nights of theatre I have had in years. So, if you go and see this show (which you absolutely should) simply give into the goofiness; you will thank me when you do.
BWW Reviews: Actor's Express' ROCKY HORROR SHOW is a Titillating Evening of Talent and DepravityBWW Reviews: Actor's Express' ROCKY HORROR SHOW is a Titillating Evening of Talent and Depravity
July 15, 2014

I am quite aware that this will sound sacrilegious to many who read this review, but until I saw Actor's Express' titillating production of THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, I had never seen the musical before. I have a vague recollection of watching the film version on VH1's 'Movies That Rock' at some point in the mid-90's, but other than seeing Susan Sarandon in her underwear, it didn't do much to interest me. So, as I made my way to the King Plow Arts Center, I expected to be impressed by the tremendous young talents in the cast, but what I didn't expect was to be transported to another world of naughty, musical theatre ecstasy.
BWW Interviews: 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY Producers Discuss Tragic Death of Fan-Favorite CharacterBWW Interviews: 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY Producers Discuss Tragic Death of Fan-Favorite Character
July 15, 2014

The season finale of 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY aired on Monday, and recently Showrunners and Executive Producers Manny Coto and Evan Katz spoke to reporters about the show's successful return to the air. Yesterday, BWW posted the majority of that conversation, but we saved the spoilers for after the finale aired.
BWW Spoiler Alert!: The Clock Runs Out on Fan Favorite in 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY Season FinaleBWW Spoiler Alert!: The Clock Runs Out on Fan Favorite in 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY Season Finale
July 14, 2014

Tonight the clock ran out on 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY, 'the limited event television series' that brought 'Merica's favorite morally ambiguous super-spy, Jack Bauer back to Fox. After spending four years as a fugitive enemy-of-the-state, Jack was back to save President James Heller from a terrorist plot(s) designed to kill the President and turn the world against the United States.
Theater People Podcast Welcome's Tony-Winner Tonya Pinkins from HOLLER IF YA HEAR METheater People Podcast Welcome's Tony-Winner Tonya Pinkins from HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME
July 14, 2014

On Monday, July 7th, the Theater People Podcast welcomes Tony Award-winner Tonya Pinkins. Pinkins is currently co-starring on Broadway in HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME, a mostly rapped-through musical featuring the music, lyrics, and poetry of Tupac Shakur.
BWW Interviews: Galen Crawley Explains Why Aurora Theatre's MARY POPPINS is Full of Magic, Laughs, and TearsBWW Interviews: Galen Crawley Explains Why Aurora Theatre's MARY POPPINS is Full of Magic, Laughs, and Tears
July 14, 2014

If you have been paying attention to the Atlanta theatre scene for the last three years, actress Galen Crawley has undoubtedly caught your eye. From leading family-friendly musicals to starring in more cutting-edge material, Crawley is certainly one of the community's brightest rising stars. This week she takes on another iconic role, this time as the titular MARY POPPINS at The Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville.
BWW Interviews: 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY Showrunners Preview Tonight's Explosive Season FinaleBWW Interviews: 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY Showrunners Preview Tonight's Explosive Season Finale
July 14, 2014

The explosive return season of 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY airs its season finale on Monday, July, 14th at 9:00pm ET on Fox. In the highly anticipated season finale, the clock ticks toward the final seconds of Jack Bauer's most heroic day. As the world teeters on a terror plot of mass proportions, Jack and the team reunite one last time to avert an imminent international crisis. With little time left and the fate of the free world on the line, Jack is faced with an unthinkable and grave decision. Lives will be lost and the American administration will grapple with the day's most devastating news as the clock stops in this exhilirating finale.
BWW Recap: SYTYCD Takes Trip to Broadway with ON THE TOWN, HEDWIG's Spencer Liff (Updated with Pictures & Special Announcement)BWW Recap: SYTYCD Takes Trip to Broadway with ON THE TOWN, HEDWIG's Spencer Liff (Updated with Pictures & Special Announcement)
July 10, 2014

This week's SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE had a very Broadway feel to it with Josh Bergasse, the choreographer of the upcoming ON THE TOWN revival, staging a Top-20 routine to the show's anthem 'New York, New York' (the one by Bernstein, Comden, and Green, not Kander and Ebb). As we learned last week, this season's winner will earn a spot in the musical's ensemble. While some people, including @Actor_Friend, don't like this idea, remember, the last network show to give away roles on Broadway brought us Laura Osnes, so let's reserve judgment, just in case a reality show brings us more Broadway royalty this time.
Artwork Revealed for ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY with Kristin ChenowethArtwork Revealed for ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY with Kristin Chenoweth
July 9, 2014

Today, the Roundabout Theatre Company released new artwork for the Broadway revival of ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, starring Kristin Chenoweth and Peter Gallagher.
BWW Recap: SYTYCD Delivers One of Best Routines in Show's History (Updated w/ Pictures & ON THE TOWN news)BWW Recap: SYTYCD Delivers One of Best Routines in Show's History (Updated w/ Pictures & ON THE TOWN news)
July 3, 2014

It was a rushed audition and callback process, but finally, we are getting into the meat and potatoes of the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE season; the live shows. This week's installment is the 200th live show in SYTYCD history, and we finally got to see the Top-20 do their thing.


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