Matt Tamanini

Matt Tamanini

Matt is BroadwayWorld's Senior TV and Film critic, and works behind-the-scenes at BWW as well. He is a proud graduate of The Ohio State University and has worked in professional and collegiate sports, as a theatre director, producer, and teacher, and he is a podcast host and producer with BroadwayRadio. He also hosts BroadwayWorld's pop culture podcast, "Some Like it Pop." You can connect with Matt through Twitter @BWWMatt.

 




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BWW Review: Charming, Irreverent SPEECH & DEBATE Speaks to the Drama Kid in All of UsBWW Review: SPEECH & DEBATE Speaks to Drama Kid in All of Us
Posted: Apr. 7, 2017


Apply to Be BroadwayWorld's Database and Theatre History Intern for Summer 2017!Apply to Be BWW's Database & Theatre History Intern for Summer!
Posted: Apr. 12, 2017


Dragonfly Studio & Productions to Celebrate Opening with 'LIVE OUT LOUD - Simply Me' Concert of Works by Elaine PechacekDragonfly Studio Announces 'LIVE OUT LOUD' Concert & Tonys Trivia
Posted: Apr. 20, 2017


UCF Arts & Humanities Dean, Jeff Moore, Issues Statement in Defense of National Endowment for the ArtsUCF Arts & Humanities Dean Issues Statement in Defense of NEA
Posted: Apr. 5, 2017


LAST 365 DAYS

Tony-Winner Laura Benanti Welcomes First Child on Valentine's DayTony-Winner Laura Benanti Welcomes First Child on Valentine's Day
Posted: Feb. 14, 2017


BWW Interview: Donna Lynne Champlin Previews Paula's Turn in Season 2 of CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIENDBWW Interview: Donna Lynne Champlin Previews CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND Season 2
Posted: Oct. 21, 2016


Broadway Stars Honor Orlando Shooting Victims Before Tonys Awards: Updating LiveBroadway Stars Honor Orlando Shooting Victims Before Tonys Awards: Updating Live
Posted: Jun. 12, 2016


BWW Interview: Marc Kudisch Talks BILLIONS, Changing Landscape of Theatre and TelevisionBWW Interview: Marc Kudisch on BILLIONS, Changes in Theatre & TV
Posted: Feb. 26, 2017


BWW Interview: MATILDA's Keisha T. Fraser Promises a 'Magical,' 'Spell-Binding' Experience at the Dr. Phillip's CenterBWW Interview: MATILDA's Keisha T. Fraser Promises a 'Magical,' 'Spell-Binding' Experience at the Dr. Phillip's Center
May 9, 2017

There is something magical, and just a little bit naughty, in the air at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts this week. Starting tonight and running through Sunday, May 14th, the national tour of MATILDA THE MUSICAL sets up shop in Orlando. With a book by Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, the Tony-winning production ran for nearly four years on Broadway, closing this past January.

Did You Know... Our Favorite Fun Facts About the 2017 Tony Nominees!Did You Know... Our Favorite Fun Facts About the 2017 Tony Nominees!
May 2, 2017

The 2017 Tony nominations were announced this morning. If you haven't checked them out yet, what are you waiting for?! CLICK HERE to check out a full list of this year's nominees, and HERE for reactions from the lucky few!

Explore the 'Six Degrees' Between SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION CastsExplore the 'Six Degrees' Between SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION Casts
April 30, 2017

By now, the idea has morphed into a pop-culture game lampooning (or honoring) one of our most prolific actors, but when John Guare's play, Six Degrees of Separation, debuted on Broadway in 1990, the idea that everyone on the planet was connected through a web of just six other people was a hard to imagine. So, to celebrate the 27-year history of Guare's play, we are going to attempt to connect the stars who originated the main roles on Broadway to the actors that assumed them for the revival, using only Broadway credits; hopefully we can get there in just six 'degrees.'

BWW Review: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, VOL 2 is Marvel at its Comedic and Emotional BestBWW Review: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, VOL 2 is Marvel at its Comedic and Emotional Best
May 5, 2017

I settled into a screening of VOL. 2, it was with a twinge of nervousness that the sequel would not live up to the original's greatness and impact. While I doubt that GUARDIANS 2 will do much of anything to reinvent the now familiar narratives of silly superhero movies, in many ways, the follow-up

Dragonfly Studio & Productions to Celebrate Opening with 'LIVE OUT LOUD - Simply Me' Concert of Works by Elaine PechacekDragonfly Studio & Productions to Celebrate Opening with 'LIVE OUT LOUD - Simply Me' Concert of Works by Elaine Pechacek
April 20, 2017

To celebrate the opening of their brand new studio, the newly renamed Dragonfly Studio & Productions presents 'LIVE OUT LOUD - Simply Me' a concert featuring the solo and collaborative works of award-winning musical theatre composer, Elaine Pechacek on Saturday, June 10th at 7:30pm.

Apply to Be BroadwayWorld's Database and Theatre History Intern for Summer 2017!Apply to Be BroadwayWorld's Database and Theatre History Intern for Summer 2017!
April 12, 2017

Is Jen Tepper your idol? Trick question, Jen Tepper is everyone's idol. While there will never be another Jen Tepper, if she has inspired you to become a theatre historian, then BroadwayWorld.com, the largest theatre site on the internet, has the perfect Summer 2017 Semester internship for you. The BWW Database and History Intern will help maintain the largest theatrical database in the world and will write original pieces chronicling the history of shows, performers, artists, theatres, the Tonys, and more for publication on BroadwayWorld.

BWW Review: Charming, Irreverent SPEECH & DEBATE Speaks to the Drama Kid in All of UsBWW Review: Charming, Irreverent SPEECH & DEBATE Speaks to the Drama Kid in All of Us
April 7, 2017

There is a palpable need for acceptance running through every moment of the charming and irreverent film adaptation of Stephen Karam's quirky SPEECH & DEBATE. The story's three central characters are each longing for acceptance from their peers, their loved ones, or themselves in the way that is all too familiar for anyone who's ever been an awkward teenager. With loving references to the theatrical world, this delightful little film is a must-see for the drama kid in all of us.

UCF Arts & Humanities Dean, Jeff Moore, Issues Statement in Defense of National Endowment for the ArtsUCF Arts & Humanities Dean, Jeff Moore, Issues Statement in Defense of National Endowment for the Arts
April 5, 2017

In light of the news that the current presidential administration has recommended eliminating funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, Jeff Moore, the Dean, of the College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Central issued a statement on the importance of the NEA's funding just days before UCF's signature artistic event UCF Celebrates the Arts. The week of events will take place at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts from April 7th-14th, and will include performances, displays, discussions, and more from all of the schools in the College of Arts & Humanities.

BWW Exclusive Images: Tony-Winner Laura Benanti and Husband Patrick Brown Introduce Baby Ella Rose to the WorldBWW Exclusive Images: Tony-Winner Laura Benanti and Husband Patrick Brown Introduce Baby Ella Rose to the World
March 16, 2017

As BroadwayWorld reported, on Valentine's Day, Tony-winning stage and screen star Laura Benanti and her husband Patrick Brown welcomed their first child, daughter Ella Rose Benanti-Brown. In the month since, Benanti and Brown have been quiet about the the adorable addition to their family, but yesterday, People released the exclusive first images of the young family, and today BroadwayWorld brings you two new exclusive images.

BWW Review: THE LITTLE MERMAID is Silly, Inconsequential Fun at the Dr. Phillips CenterBWW Review: THE LITTLE MERMAID is Silly, Inconsequential Fun at the Dr. Phillips Center
March 8, 2017

Last night, Ariel and her underwater friends swam into the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts for a weeklong stay, appropriately at the Walt Disney Theatre. The limited engagement, which originated at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre in November 2016, is a silly dose of fun and nostalgia for theatregoers of all ages. Though there are performances and elements that seem less than fitting for the grand Dr. Phillips stage, the show as a whole ends up being more than the sum of its parts.

BroadwayWorld's Live 89th Academy Awards Live BlogBroadwayWorld's Live 89th Academy Awards Live Blog
February 26, 2017

Tonight, BroadwayWorld's Senior TV and Film Critic, Matt Tamanini will be live blogging the 89th Academy Awards, so join him as ceremony gets underway at 8:30 p.m. EST. With movie-musical LA LA LAND and stage-to-screen adaptation FENCES nominated for Best Picture and playwrights Kenneth Lonergan, Tarell Alvin McCraney, and Robert Schenkkan with works nominated in the category as well, the ceremony is shaping up to be quite theatrical.

BWW Interview: FENCES Star Russell Hornsby Discuss the Joys & Responsibilities of Performing August Wilson's WorksBWW Interview: FENCES Star Russell Hornsby Discuss the Joys & Responsibilities of Performing August Wilson's Works
February 26, 2017

Since 2011, Russell Hornsby's career has taken him to Portland, OR as Detective Hank Griffin on NBC's supernatural drama, GRIMM. However, 2016 brought him back to his roots. Though he has had considerable success on screens large and small, the actor has always found a home in the works of August Wilson. Hornsby won a Drama Desk Award as part of the cast of the original Off-Broadway cast of JITNEY in 2000, and earned a Lortel nomination in 2007 for playing the title role in KING HEDLEY II. But, it was his Broadway debut in 2010's revival of FENCES set him on his path to the Academy Awards.

BWW Interview: Marc Kudisch Talks BILLIONS, Changing Landscape of Theatre and TelevisionBWW Interview: Marc Kudisch Talks BILLIONS, Changing Landscape of Theatre and Television
February 26, 2017

Anyone familiar with the career of three-time Tony-nominee Marc Kudisch knows two things about him; 1) he is one of the most talented stage actors of his generation, and 2) he is as passionate as he is talented. Despite more than two decades of success on the New York stage, including 13 Broadway and seven Off-Broadway shows, countless readings, benefits, and concerts, and additional regional productions, the actor has been popping up on television much more frequently recently. Partly by choice, and partly because of the evolving landscapes of theatre and television, Kudisch has consciously made on-screen roles more a part of his plan in recent years, in fact, he begins an explosive Season 2 arc on Showtime's BILLIONS tonight as the new Axe Capital corporate therapist, Dr. Gus. BILLIONS airs on Sundays at 10p/9c.

BWW Experts and Stage and Screen Stars Pick the 2017 Academy Award WinnersBWW Experts and Stage and Screen Stars Pick the 2017 Academy Award Winners
February 24, 2017

Time is running out to get your 2017 Oscars Pool picks in, so we here at BroadwayWorld have put together a team of experts and stage and screen stars to help you in your prognostication. The stars lending their acting and filmmaking expertise are Broadway and CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND star Donna Lynne Champlin; UNDATEABLE and the West End's Dewey Finn in SCHOOL OF ROCK, David Fynn; Broadway and CHICAGO MED star Patti Murin; and one of the stars of the new Broadway musical Caesar Samayoa.

UPDATED BWW Flashback: Take a Look Back at Oscar-Winner Viola Davis' Tony-Winning Stage CareerUPDATED BWW Flashback: Take a Look Back at Oscar-Winner Viola Davis' Tony-Winning Stage Career
February 20, 2017

Last night two-time Tony Award-winner Viola Davis made history as the first African-American to win an Emmy in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category. She was recognized for her role as the brilliant attorney and professor Annalise Keating on the Shonda Rhimes drama HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER. In addition to her Emmy and Tonys, Davis has won three Drama Desks and three SAG Awards. During her acceptance speech, Davis quoted Harriet Tubman and talked about breaking boundaries and redefining what Hollywood thinks of as beautiful.

Tony-Winner Laura Benanti Welcomes First Child on Valentine's DayTony-Winner Laura Benanti Welcomes First Child on Valentine's Day
February 14, 2017

Can you think of a better way to celebrate the Valentine's Day holiday than this? Tony-winner Laura Benanti's publicist confirmed to BroadwayWorld that the star of stage and screenand her husband, Patrick Brown, welcomed their first child at 3:33 p.m. EST on Valentines Day.

BWW Interview: GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE, Broadway's 'Little-Show-That-Could,' Pulls into OrlandoBWW Interview: GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE, Broadway's 'Little-Show-That-Could,' Pulls into Orlando
February 6, 2017

When A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER debuted on Broadway In October 2013, very few, if any, theatrical observers pegged the show for a two-plus-year main-stem run and four Tony Awards. After debuting at the Hartford Stage in Connecticut the previous November, and having another out-of-town tryout the following March at the Old Globe in San Diego, the show came to Broadway with very little fan-fare. Over-shadowed in the season by bigger-name musicals like ALADDIN, LES MISERABLES, BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROL KING MUSICAL, and HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE trudged along in its first six months in New York hovering between $400,000-$500,000 at the weekly box office; likely not covering its operating costs.

Stone, Davis, Pasek & Paul, Lonergan; All Winners of the 89th Annual Academy AwardsStone, Davis, Pasek & Paul, Lonergan; All Winners of the 89th Annual Academy Awards
February 26, 2017

The 89th Oscars is taking place tonight, Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Centerin Hollywood, and will be broadcast live on the ABC Television Network. BWW will be updating live!

BWW Interview: Joe Morton Talks SCANDAL's Papa Pope, Bringing TURN ME LOOSE to BroadwayBWW Interview: Joe Morton Talks SCANDAL's Papa Pope, Bringing TURN ME LOOSE to Broadway
January 26, 2017

There are very few characters on television as terrifying as SCANDAL's Eli Pope. The former (or is he?) head of the classified, covert government organization B613 has been the series' most dangerous and destructive force since Season 2, and with tonight's highly anticipated Season 6 premiere just hours away, Papa Pope's portrayer Tony-nominee and Emmy-winner Joe Morton is happy that the show is finally back.

BWW Interview: Bryce Pinkham Discusses his 'Wildly Quirky' Role on MERCY STREETBWW Interview: Bryce Pinkham Discusses his 'Wildly Quirky' Role on MERCY STREET
January 21, 2017

Fresh off of his Broadway return leading the feel-good musical HOLIDAY INN at Roundabout's Studio 54, Tony-nominee Bryce Pinkham describes his next role as 'wildly quirky,' 'an iron fist in a velvet glove,' and possessing 'a certain verbal flair.' Beginning this Sunday, January 22nd, Pinkham joins PBS's Civil War medical drama, MERCY STREET, as Major Clayton McBurney III, the new head of the hospital at Mansion House.



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