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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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STAGE TUBE: Lady Gaga Celebrates SOUND OF MUSIC's 50th Anniversary with Impressive TributeSTAGE TUBE: Lady Gaga Celebrates SOUND OF MUSIC's 50th Anniversary with Impressive Tribute
Posted: Feb. 22, 2015


STAGE TUBE: Neil Patrick Harris, Anna Kendrick Open Oscars with 'Moving Pictures'STAGE TUBE: Neil Patrick Harris, Anna Kendrick Open Oscars with 'Moving Pictures'
Posted: Feb. 22, 2015


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STAGE TUBE: Lady Gaga Celebrates SOUND OF MUSIC's 50th Anniversary with Impressive TributeSTAGE TUBE: Lady Gaga Celebrates SOUND OF MUSIC's 50th Anniversary with Impressive Tribute
Posted: Feb. 22, 2015


AMERICAN IDOL Recap: Another Week, Another Wrong Contestant Sent HomeAMERICAN IDOL Recap: Another Week, Another Wrong Contestant Sent Home
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BWW Interview: How Elle McLemore's 'New' Movie AT THE TOP OF THE PYRAMID Prepared Her for BRING IT ON: THE MUSICALBWW Interview: How Elle McLemore's 'New' Movie AT THE TOP OF THE PYRAMID Prepared Her for BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL
March 3, 2015

Hawaii-born Elle McLemore burst onto the theatre scene in 2011 when she was cast as the evil Eva in the Pre-Broadway National Tour of BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL. Like most of that cast, McLemore went on to make her Broadway debut when the tour made its way to New York the following year. Since then the 23-year-old has been a regular on the final season of ARMY WIVES and one of the stars of Off-Broadway's cult favorite HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL, as 'Cheerleader Heather,' Heather McNamara.
BWW Review: Talented Cast Shows there Is More than Science to Mad Cow's PHOTOGRAPH 51BWW Review: Talented Cast Shows there Is More than Science to Mad Cow's PHOTOGRAPH 51
February 26, 2015

In the last two years, Orlando's Mad Cow Theatre has assumed the mantle as one of the Southeast's leaders in producing 'Science Plays.' In addition to their Second Annual Science Play Festival, which begins Friday, February 27th, the Church Street theatre recently premiered Anna Ziegler's affecting play PHOTOGRAPH 51, about the race to discover the structure of DNA. On first blush, such a technical topic doesn't seem like the most obvious choice for a compelling drama, but what Ziegler and director Denise Gillman obviously understand is that a good play, no matter its subject, is best when focused on human relationships and emotions. PHOTOGRAPH 51, which seems as if it was written for Mad Cow's intimate Zehngebot-Stonerock Theatre, provides plenty of science, but truly excels when the actors pull back the layers on their characters' intricacies.
BWW Review: Orlando Shakespeare Goes unto the Breach with Masterful HENRY VBWW Review: Orlando Shakespeare Goes unto the Breach with Masterful HENRY V
February 25, 2015

One of the great benefits of having a professional Shakespeare company in town is that they are able to invest in productions of some of the Bard's works that don't often get produced at traditional theatres. While Orlando Shakespeare certainly produces great plays not found in the First Folio, the fact that they are able to bring performances of shows like TITUS ANDRONICUS, THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, and PERICLES to the stage is a tremendous boon for Central Florida theatre fans. Productions of HAMLET, ROMEO AND JULIET, the Scottish Play, and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM will never go out of style, but it is truly special when you are able to attend an artistically satisfying production of one of Shakespeare's lesser seen works; like the masterful HENRY V, running through March 22nd at Orlando Shakespeare.
BWW Review: Theatre UCF's '(a love story)' is an Entertaining Modern Take on Classic TragedyBWW Review: Theatre UCF's '(a love story)' is an Entertaining Modern Take on Classic Tragedy
February 24, 2015

'Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.' For many, those words are the definition of what a love story should be about. However, in Theatre UCF's play '(a love story),' which runs through March 1st, three intertwining tales chronicle all of the fevered, messy emotions involved with falling in, and out, of love. The highly-stylized play casts a disapproving eye on love in the modern world, all the while casing the storytelling in the trappings of a classic tragedy. Playwright Kelly Lusk occasionally uses the familiar structure to illuminate the universality of love, but more often than not, he allows it to run roughshod over the story being told, robbing it of any genuine emotion. Nonetheless, Theatre UCF's production is marked with uniformly impressive performances and thrilling production design; reaffirming why Central Florida's colleges provide some of the best, cutting-edge theatre in the region.
That'll Play Podcast Welcomes Actor, Entrepreneur Natasha YoungeThat'll Play Podcast Welcomes Actor, Entrepreneur Natasha Younge
February 24, 2015

That'll Play with Matt Candela and John Nuzzi welcomes actress and entrepreneur Natasha Younge on the latest episode 'Younge at Heart'. The actor and owner of The Younge Hollywood Blast sits down with the hosts to discuss her digital newspaper, getting started in acting, the power of social media, and the challenges of being an entrepreneur. Plus, the guys address the creepiness of crowd-funding, share some last second thoughts on this years Oscars ceremony, and Matt highlights an award-worthy film that you may have missed on another edition of What Will Play. That'll Play!
STAGE TUBE: Lady Gaga Celebrates SOUND OF MUSIC's 50th Anniversary with Impressive TributeSTAGE TUBE: Lady Gaga Celebrates SOUND OF MUSIC's 50th Anniversary with Impressive Tribute
February 22, 2015

In celebration of the film version of THE SOUND OF MUSIC's 50th Anniversary, Grammy-winner Lady Gaga sang a medley of the movie's most beloved songs. The 'Born This Way' sing was stunning belt out Rodgers and Hammerstein classics like 'The Sound of Music,' 'My Favorite Things,' 'Climb Ev'ry Mountain,' and more.
STAGE TUBE: Neil Patrick Harris, Anna Kendrick Open Oscars with 'Moving Pictures'STAGE TUBE: Neil Patrick Harris, Anna Kendrick Open Oscars with 'Moving Pictures'
February 22, 2015

In true Neil Patrick Harris form, the Oscars' host opened the 87th Annual Academy Awards with an original number from FROZEN songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez. With the help of Tony-nominee Anna Kendrick and Jack Black, in 'Moving Pictures' NPH paid tribute to the wonder that Hollywood brings.
BWW Review: SLAVA'S SNOWSHOW Is a Mess; on Stage and Off at the Dr. Phillips CenterBWW Review: SLAVA'S SNOWSHOW Is a Mess; on Stage and Off at the Dr. Phillips Center
February 21, 2015

Let me start this review by saying that I generally like everything that I see; at least to a certain degree. I can usually find some redeeming artistic moment of any production to tide me over when the work as a whole isn't up to par. However in SLAVA'S SNOWSHOW, running through March 1st at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, I found almost no redeeming moments; nearly nothing on which to hang even the slightest artistic appreciation. This "show" involves a collection of eight clownish-type individuals who walk around the stage for an hour and 45 minutes (including a 15 minute intermission) and do little more than make a mess. In a word, this show is nonsense; and not fun, clownish nonsense, just plan "this makes no sense" nonsense.
BroadwayWorld's Experts Pick Oscar Winners; featuring Randy Rainbow, Michael Paul Smith, MoreBroadwayWorld's Experts Pick Oscar Winners; featuring Randy Rainbow, Michael Paul Smith, More
February 20, 2015

Are you struggling to fill out the top categories in your offic Oscar pool? Well, have no fear, BroadwayWorld is here to help. We have assembled a panel of experts to help narrow things down for you.
BWW Review: MACHINAL Proves Rollins College Is One of Orlando's Best Theatre CompaniesBWW Review: MACHINAL Proves Rollins College Is One of Orlando's Best Theatre Companies
February 18, 2015

One of the reasons that I especially enjoy going to quality collegiate theatre is that, while these programs want to have as many people in the audience as possible, for obvious exposure and financial reasons, they are far more focused on presenting interesting and challenging works that prepare their students for whatever artistic careers they eventually pursue. Rollins College's production of MACHINAL, running through February 21st, will not be for everyone, but thankfully, director and Department Chair Dr. David Charles has larger goals in mind for this program.
BWW Review: DOUBT: A PARABLE Is a Heart-Breaking, Challenging Tale at Garden TheatreBWW Review: DOUBT: A PARABLE Is a Heart-Breaking, Challenging Tale at Garden Theatre
February 16, 2015

Theatre production company Beth Marshall Presents' latest play at the Garden Theatre is an exceptionally challenging one; for artists and audiences alike. One would be safe to assume that with a title like DOUBT: A PARABLE the play will focus on the varying ways in which one can experience the emotion; and while that is true, on closer examination, the far more important aspect of the play's title comes after the colon; 'A PARABLE.' Beth Marshall's production of this 2004 Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning play is anchored by a four-person cast which gives uniformly stirring performances, but one in particular might ultimately undermine the larger lesson which playwright John Patrick Stanley was looking to teach.
That'll Play Podcast Chats with Grammy-Nominee Shelly PeikenThat'll Play Podcast Chats with Grammy-Nominee Shelly Peiken
February 11, 2015

Grammy-nominated songwriter Shelly Peiken joins That'll Play with Matt and John on the latest episode, 'For The Record.' The Long Island native shares amazing stories about her career in the music business (Shelly's songs have been recorded by artists such as Ryan Cabrera, Taylor Dane, Christina Aguilera and Meredith Brooks, among others), thoughtful insights into where the industry is going and her forthcoming book, 'Confessions Of A Serial Songwriter'. Plus, the group examines some standouts at this year's Grammy Awards, and John tells us What Will Play. That'll Play!
BWW Review: Rollins Players' TIME STANDS STILL Delivers Emotional JourneyBWW Review: Rollins Players' TIME STANDS STILL Delivers Emotional Journey
February 11, 2015

More often than not in the coverage of war, while we are presented with ghastly images, the focus is on the larger strategies and total body-counts of battle. We rarely hear the harrowing stories of the innocent lives destroyed by conflict; even less frequently do we see how war impacts those who bring us those ghastly images and harrowing stories. In David Margulies' TIME STANDS STILL, two individuals are forced to deal with the physical and emotional scars left from years of covering war-torn countries. Last weekend the Rollins Players, a student-run organization, tackled this challenging work in the campus' intimate Fred Stone Theatre, with inspiring results.
The Theater People Podcast Welcomes LES MIS' Tony-Nominated Keala SettleThe Theater People Podcast Welcomes LES MIS' Tony-Nominated Keala Settle
February 8, 2015

On Monday, February 9 2015, the Theater People Podcast welcomes Keala Settle, Tony nominee for HANDS ON A HARDBODY, currently starring as Madame Thenardier in the Broadway production of LES MISERABLES Keala shares stories from her three years on the road as Tracy Turnblad in the national tour of HAIRSPRAY, making her Broadway debut in PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT, how the HARDBODY Tony nomination changed her life, and how she won the role of Thenardier having never seen a single production of LES MIS. Keala also talks about the darker side of the business, the heartache of HANDS ON A HARDBODY being a a critical failure which resulted in a swift closure,how the HAIRSPRAY tour led to her decision to step away from acting, and her cherished time working as a stagehand while she tried to figure out if she should take another stab at performing.
BWW Interview: Annoying Actor Friend 'Werks' 54 Below with '#SoBlessed Live!' this SaturdayBWW Interview: Annoying Actor Friend 'Werks' 54 Below with '#SoBlessed Live!' this Saturday
February 4, 2015

Despite being a ratings disaster, there were a number of positive things that came out of SMASH's run on NBC; Megan Hilty's star turn, endless internet memes, and Annoying Actor Friend. The internet phenomenon @Actor_Friend 'werked' its way to the forefront of the theatre community's consciousness with its biting, but honest critiques of the musical melodrama's two-year TV run.
BroadwayWorld's Matt Tamanini Guests on That'll Play PodcastBroadwayWorld's Matt Tamanini Guests on That'll Play Podcast
February 2, 2015

Over the weekend, I was the guest on the fantastic That'll Play podcast with John Nuzzi and Matt Candela. On the episode, we recap both the TV and Movie winners at the Golden Globes, and take a deep dive into this year's Oscar nominations. We talk snubs, make predictions, and address the issue of diversity in entertainment.
BWW Review: NEWSIES Brings Charm, Remarkable Talent to Dr. Phillips CenterBWW Review: NEWSIES Brings Charm, Remarkable Talent to Dr. Phillips Center
January 29, 2015

Admittedly, I am not in the target demographic for Disney's musical NEWSIES, running through February 1st at Orlando's Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. This musical, which concluded its two-and-a-half year Broadway run last fall, has inspired a legion of young, female fans who have dubbed themselves 'Fansies.' So while I might not be who the show is normally marketed towards, I left the Walt Disney Theatre on Opening Night completely infected by the optimism, athleticism, and heart of this movie-musical adaptation. Though far from being without fault, the score (which won a Tony for composer Alan Menken and lyricist Jack Feldman), the script (by Tony-winner Harvey Fierstein), and the immense talent of the young ensemble made this a exceptionally enjoyable evening of entertainment.
BWW Interview: Ellyn Marie Marsh Gets 'Inappropriate' Before Her 54 Below EncoreBWW Interview: Ellyn Marie Marsh Gets 'Inappropriate' Before Her 54 Below Encore
January 26, 2015

Last week I spoke with KINKY BOOTS' Ellyn Marie Marsh about the encore performance of her solo show debut 'Inappropriate' at 54 Below. In that article we talked about how the show came to be, the songs in the show, the stories in the show, you know, the normal stuff. However, in this article, things are about to get real.
BWW Review: Winter Park Playhouse's THE RAT PACK LOUNGE Hits All of the Classic Crooner NotesBWW Review: Winter Park Playhouse's THE RAT PACK LOUNGE Hits All of the Classic Crooner Notes
January 26, 2015

Your last name doesn't have to end in a vowel to know that there has ever been a cooler group of people to walk the earth than the Rat Pack. In The Winter Park Playhouse's latest show, THE RAT PACK LOUNGE, Frank, Dean, and Sammy (do they even need last names?) get a second chance to bring their unique brand of cool back to their home away from home, the Vegas Strip. The show runs through February 14th, and while every performance is completely sold out, WPP does occasionally have cancellations, so check with the theatre's box office for available performances.
BWW Feature: Sondheim's Most Hummable SongsBWW Feature: Sondheim's Most Hummable Songs
January 25, 2015

After seeing the new INTO THE WOODS movie twice over the holidays, I posted on Twitter about how two of the songs had stuck with me. After a tweet conversation, my BWW colleague Jeff Walker and I decided to put our heads together to try and come up with a list of Sondheim's most hummable tunes. Despite not discussing it beforehand, Jeff ended up picking songs from the 1960s and 70s, and I filled in the gaps with numbers from the 80s and 90s.


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