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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VIDEO FLASHBACK: Look Back at the Incredible Career of Stage and Screen Legend Debbie ReynoldsLook Back at the Legendary Career of Debbie Reynolds
Posted: Dec. 28, 2016


BWW Review: HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Serves as a Joyful, Optimistic Reminder of a Powerful MessageBWW Review: HAIRSPRAY is a Joyful, Optimistic Reminder of a Powerful Message
Posted: Dec. 8, 2016


Apply to Be BroadwayWorld's Database and Theatre History Intern for Winter 2017!Apply to Be BroadwayWorld's Database & Theatre History Intern for Winter 2016-2017!
Posted: Dec. 28, 2016


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Broadway Stars Honor Orlando Shooting Victims Before Tonys Awards: Updating LiveBroadway Stars Honor Orlando Shooting Victims Before Tonys Awards: Updating Live
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BWW Review: GREASE: LIVE Reinvents What a Live TV Musical Can/Should Be!BWW Review: GREASE: LIVE Reinvents What a Live TV Musical Can/Should Be!
Posted: Jan. 31, 2016


VIDEO FLASHBACK: Look Back at the Incredible Career of Stage and Screen Legend Debbie ReynoldsLook Back at the Legendary Career of Debbie Reynolds
Posted: Dec. 28, 2016


BWW Review: FOX's THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW is an Underwhelming, Sanitized DisappointmentReview: ROCKY HORROR is Underwhelming, Sanitized Disappointment
Posted: Oct. 20, 2016


BWW Review: One-of-a-Kind Jessica Vosk Soars in Spellbinding National Tour of WICKED at the Dr. Phillips CenterBWW Review: One-of-a-Kind Jessica Vosk Soars in Spellbinding National Tour of WICKED at the Dr. Phillips Center
January 16, 2017

For over 13years, the musical WICKED has been a shining example of the biggest and most spectacular shows that Broadway has to offer. However, hiding behind the colorful costumes, the special effects, the familiar Ozian setting, and all of the other trappings of the modern day mega-musical is a much deeper and finely crafted show than it is often given credit for. The show's national tour, currently playing at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando through January 29th, thrives on the tried and true escapism that the show is known for, but with a truly remarkable actress leading the production, the showtranscends its base entertainment value to deliver a nuanced, rewarding theatrical experience.

VIDEO FLASHBACK: Look Back at the Incredible Career of Stage and Screen Legend Debbie ReynoldsVIDEO FLASHBACK: Look Back at the Incredible Career of Stage and Screen Legend Debbie Reynolds
December 28, 2016

Just one day after the heartbreaking passing of her daughter Carrie Fisher, the world was again shocked to learn of the tragic passing of Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds. One of the brightest stars of the Golden Age of Movie Musicals, Reynolds came to fame at just 19 years old in the MGM classic SINGIN' IN THE RAIN.

BWW Review: HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Serves as a Joyful, Optimistic Reminder of a Powerful MessageBWW Review: HAIRSPRAY LIVE! Serves as a Joyful, Optimistic Reminder of a Powerful Message
December 8, 2016

There is one undeniable quality that HAIRSPRAY has retained as it has journeyed from the big screen to the stage, back to the big screen, and now to the small. The infectious excitement and optimism that Tracy Turnblad sings with in the opening number, 'Good Morning Baltimore,' is one of the most magical and important gifts that the musical theatre has given in recent decades. From the moment that the original musical burst onto Broadway in 2002, it has been a literal and figurative rainbow of joy and happiness, and fortunately for the show's legions of fans, directed by Tony-winner Kenny Leon, NBC's live adaptation has maintained every delightful ounce of the musical's giddy goodness.

Apply to Be BroadwayWorld's Database and Theatre History Intern for Winter 2017!Apply to Be BroadwayWorld's Database and Theatre History Intern for Winter 2017!
December 28, 2016

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 Spring 2016 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: MOANA is a Breathtakingly Beautiful Film Worthy of Disney ClassicsBWW Review: MOANA is a Breathtakingly Beautiful Film Worthy of Disney Classics
November 23, 2016

As we move into the holiday season, undoubtedly there is much for everyone to be thankful for, and if you head out to the movie theatre over the long Thanksgiving weekend, chances are good that you will be counting your blessings that the gods have brought Disney's latest animated musical MOANA into your life. With a screenplay by Jared Bush and music by Mark Mancina, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Opetaia Foa'I, MOANA is a gorgeous, charming film deserving of a spot amongst the Disney classics.

BWW Review: CURIOUS INCIDENT is a Beautiful, but Distant Look at the Life of an OutsiderBWW Review: CURIOUS INCIDENT is a Beautiful, but Distant Look at the Life of an Outsider
November 2, 2016

In THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, running through November 6th at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, the world is full of chaos, and one special boy named Christopher is intent on figuring it out. With a dizzying assault of sights, sounds, and information that over stimulate both Christopher and the audience, the first National Tour of CURIOUS INCIDENT is a theatrical spectacle that theatre lovers won't want to miss.

BWW Review: ROCK THE PRESIDENTS is a Rockin' Ride Through Presidential HistoryBWW Review: ROCK THE PRESIDENTS is a Rockin' Ride Through Presidential History
November 1, 2016

As our presidential election (thankfully) moves into its final days, the Orlando Repertory Theatre is currently serving up a delightful injection of fun and patriotism that might just do the trick to get your spirits up about exercising your civic duty. Directed by Jeffrey M. Revels, ROCK THE PRESIDENTS runs through November 13th, and no matter what the outcome next Tuesday, this silly, informative 55-minute musical will have you tapping your toes and thinking about the best that America has to offer.

BWW Interview: Gene Gillette Says CURIOUS INCIDENT is Unlike 'Anything You've Ever Seen Before'BWW Interview: Gene Gillette Says CURIOUS INCIDENT is Unlike 'Anything You've Ever Seen Before'
October 31, 2016

Tomorrow night, for the first timea straight play will open at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts as part of the Fairwinds Broadway in Orlando series. However, this play is unlike nearly anything else you've ever seen before. Based on the 2003 book by Mark Haddon, THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME dives deep into the mind of Christopher Boone, a special boy intent on getting to the bottom of a neighborhood mystery.With creative choreography, lights, and technology, the play takes on a life of its own. The show won five Tony Awards in 2015, including Best Play, and last week, I spoke with Gene Gillette, who plays Christopher's father Ed while the tour was in Greenville, SC, to help explain why this play is so special in a theatrical world so focused on musicals.

BWW Review: Unseen Images' FAR AWAY Creates a Disturbing Dream World at The VenueBWW Review: Unseen Images' FAR AWAY Creates a Disturbing Dream World at The Venue
October 29, 2016

From the moment you entire The Venue and see Amanda Hudson-Giese sitting in a rocking chair on stage, there is a dream-like quality to Unseen Images Theatre's production of Caryl Churchill's 2000 play, FAR AWAY. This dream-like quality continues as the play-proper begins, but it quickly spirals into a jarring nightmare, in which fragments of scenes and stories present a disjointed look at a world at war with itself. Less interested in sharing a complete narrative, FAR AWAY instead sets up brief, bizarre glimpses into a world that appears to be devolving into a dystopian hellscape.

BWW Review: Beth Marshall Presents' THE GLASS MENAGERIE is Restless Blend of Anger and AmbitionBWW Review: Beth Marshall Presents' THE GLASS MENAGERIE is Restless Blend of Anger and Ambition
October 29, 2016

'Why, Tom- are you always so restless?' These words from a worried mother to her only son in Tennessee Williams' THE GLASS MENAGERIE could very much be used to describe Beth Marshall Presents' ambitious telling of this seminal American memory play. The production, which runs at the Garden Theatre through November 6th, has palpably amplified the nervous energy in this normally introspective character drama. As directed by Marshall, THE GLASS MENAGERIE seems to be playing with far more urgent stakes than are normally associated with the hindsight of the play, which creates more interpersonal conflict and tension, but robs the characters of their inherent pathos.

BWW Review: THE GOD GAME Provides Unrealistic Look at Religion and Politics at Mad CowBWW Review: THE GOD GAME Provides Unrealistic Look at Religion and Politics at Mad Cow
October 27, 2016

Opening just three weeks before the presidential election, a play analyzing the confluence of religion and politics on a personal level should be a perfect theatrical opportunity. However, in light of this particular presidential contest, the handling of the issue feels simplistic and dated in THE GOD GAME, running at Orlando's Mad Cow Theatre through November 20th. This intimate, regional premiere from playwright Suzanne Bradbeer feels more like a thought exercise devoid of real world calculations than an honest introspection of a third rail in American politics.

BWW Review: Theatre UCF's YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN Shatters Lofty ExpectationsBWW Review: Theatre UCF's YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN Shatters Lofty Expectations
October 26, 2016

Last week, I wrote an article looking at why Central Florida's collegiate theatre programs, and in particular Theatre UCF, consistently produce content at or above the level of local professional theatres. The next night I went to see UCF's production of Mel Brooks' YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, the musical adaptation of one my favorite films. So, needless to say, as I walked into the theater, my expectations were already exceptionally high. Fortunately for me, and everyone else at the sold-out performance, this incredibly talented cast not only met those expectations, but shattered them.

BWW Review: HAMILTON'S AMERICA is a Brilliant Film Worthy of its SubjectBWW Review: HAMILTON'S AMERICA is a Brilliant Film Worthy of its Subject
October 21, 2016

For nearly two years, all theatre lovers the world over, whether they'd seen the show or not, have understood that Hamilton is a deeply affecting, intelligently written, and surprisingly personal musical. Now, for fans who have seen Lin-Manuel Miranda's masterpiece, and for those who know it only through the cast recording, television appearances, and 'Hamilton: The Revolution,' PBS's GREAT PERFORMANCES has delivered a documentary that is as affecting, intelligent, and personal as its subject.

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

A year and a half ago, it was in no way certain that the quirky musical comedy CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND was going to make it to television. After hitting a developmental snag as a 30-minute pilot for Showtime, creators Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna repackaged the series as a 44-minute show for Showtime's sister network, The CW.

BWW Review: FOX's THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW is an Underwhelming, Sanitized DisappointmentBWW Review: FOX's THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW is an Underwhelming, Sanitized Disappointment
October 20, 2016

I am aware that what I am about to write is likely going to be a critical outlier, but I didn't hate FOX's television adaptation of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, which they clumsily subtitled LET'S DO THE TIME WARP AGAIN. Now, I didn't particularly like it either, but to be frank (pun intended), I was expecting it to be far, far worse. While I am not a ROCKY HORROR expert, there didn't appear to be any horrendous missteps in the broadcast, in fact there were moments, even entire scenes, that were passably entertaining. However, on the whole, the endeavor just kept bringing to mind one simple question; 'Why?'

BWW Feature: Theatre UCF Shines While Blurring Line Between Academic & Professional TheatreBWW Feature: Theatre UCF Shines While Blurring Line Between Academic & Professional Theatre
October 20, 2016

Between theme parks, professional theatres, and arts organizations, Central Florida is one of the most fertile grounds for theatre artists in the country. Whether it is at Disney, Universal, Orlando Shakespeare, Mad Cow, the Orlando Rep, or any of the other wonderful organizations in town, you can find many different types of exciting theatre year-round in the City Beautiful. However, despite all of the well-known options in Orlando, one of the best-kept secrets in the community is that when it comes to consistently high quality, cutting-edge professional theatre, some of the best is at our local universities.

BWW Review: Pseudonym Productions' Odd CATHARSIS Misses Haunted House MarkBWW Review: Pseudonym Productions' Odd CATHARSIS Misses Haunted House Mark
October 18, 2016

We've all heard the phrase, 'If it was easy, then everyone would do it.' Well, that axiom is never truer than when applied to visionary artists attempting to create a new form. In the theatrical world where trial and error is built into the developmental process, invariably, you are bound to have an error. Unfortunately, thus is the case with Pseudonym Productions' latest experience,CATHARSIS.

BWW Feature: AntiGravity Orlando & Red Fish Theatre Team Up for Surprising & Sexy ROCKY HORRORBWW Feature: AntiGravity Orlando & Red Fish Theatre Team Up for Surprising & Sexy ROCKY HORROR
October 20, 2016

With a week and a half until Halloween, all theatre lovers know that can only mean that its officially ROCKY HORROR season! So, bust out your leather, fishnets, and platform boots and practice all of your favorite one-liners, because no matter where you live, there is likely a theatre company putting on a production close by. Despite the dozens, or even hundreds, of productions of THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW hitting the stage this fall, it is probably safe to say that none approach the level of creativity and danger of the one playing in Orlando through Monday, October 24th. Produced by AntiGravity Orlando in conjunction with Red Fish Theatre, the production merges the sexy, campy aesthetic that ROCKY HORROR devotees have come to love with the elegant and equally sexy aerial arts.

BWW Review: Unless You Hate Fun and Sexiness, Death-Defying THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW is Giddy PerfectionBWW Review: Unless You Hate Fun and Sexiness, Death-Defying THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW is Giddy Perfection
October 16, 2016

Unless you have no sense of humor, no joy in your heart, or no sex drive to speak of, it's impossible to not enjoy yourself.

BWW Review: Orlando Phil's CANDIDE is Delightful Antidote for Disheartening WorldBWW Review: Orlando Phil's CANDIDE is Delightful Antidote for Disheartening World
October 14, 2016

Lately, it seems that no matter where you turn you are assaulted with frightening news, disheartening images, and arguing politicians. It's gotten so upsetting that no one would fault you for thinking that this is the worst of all possible worlds. However, if you are tired of thinking the worst of society and your fellow man, there is no better antidote than the Orlando Philharmonic's joyous and playful production of Leonard Bernstein's light opera CANDIDE, running through Sunday, October 16th at Plaza Live Orlando.



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