Matt Tamanini

Matt Tamanini

Matt is BroadwayWorld's Senior TV and Film critic, and is an editor at BWW OrlandoHe 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 Profile: Dame Maggie Smith Emmy-Nominated Star of Stage and ScreenBWW Profile: Dame Maggie Smith Emmy-Nominated Star of Stage and Screen
Posted: Sep. 16, 2016


BWW Profile: Benedict Cumberbatch Emmy-Nominated Star of Stage and ScreenBWW Profile: Benedict Cumberbatch Emmy-Nominated Star of Stage and Screen
Posted: Sep. 15, 2016


The 68th Emmy Awards Complete Nominees and Winners List; ALL THE WINNERS!Emmy Awards - ALL THE WINNERS!
Posted: Sep. 18, 2016


BWW Flashback: Take a Look Back at Emmy-Winner Viola Davis' Tony-Winning Stage CareerFlashback: Look Back at Emmy-Winner Viola Davis' Tony-Winning Stage Career
Posted: Sep. 17, 2016


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The 68th Emmy Awards Complete Nominees and Winners List; ALL THE WINNERS!The 68th Emmy Awards Complete Nominees and Winners List; ALL THE WINNERS!
September 18, 2016

The 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards telecast air live tonight on ABC at 8:00pm ET, and BroadwayWorld will have you covered with all of the winners, highlights, and commentary. This page will update after every winner, so you are always up-to-date about who's taking home a trophy.
BWW Review: GOAT's JEKYLL & HYDE Is Sexy, but Safe High-Quality TheatreBWW Review: GOAT's JEKYLL & HYDE Is Sexy, but Safe High-Quality Theatre
September 21, 2016

Throughout all of human history, there has been something sexy and intoxicating about the fine line between good and evil; the dangerous desire to understand it, to conquer it, to control it. The Greater Orlando Actors' Theatre production of the musical JEKYLL & HYDE, running through Sunday, September 25th at the home of Central Florida Community Arts, ably captures the alluring sexuality of this temptation, but is never able to realize the innate danger that accompanies it.
Patti Murin, 'Some Like It Pop' Hosts, BWW TV Staff Pick 2016 Emmy WinnersPatti Murin, 'Some Like It Pop' Hosts, BWW TV Staff Pick 2016 Emmy Winners
September 17, 2016

Throughout the week, we've been highlighting some of ourfavorite nominees with theatre backgrounds, and on Sunday, we will have all of the biggest Emmys news and looks back at the ceremony's best moments. Today,we are releasing our official BroadwayWorld predictions.
BWW Profile: Dame Maggie Smith Emmy-Nominated Star of Stage and ScreenBWW Profile: Dame Maggie Smith Emmy-Nominated Star of Stage and Screen
September 16, 2016

This morning we are taking a look at the illustrious career of Dame Maggie Smith. I mean, she's a Dame after all; Queen Elizabeth doesn't just hand those out to anyone. Her career includes highlights from on stage, including 'The Importance of Being Earnest,' 'Private Lives,' and 'Lettice and Lovage;' to in films as 'The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie,' 'Sister Act,' and 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel;' to her iconic role as Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham on 'Downton Abbey,' for which she is nominated for an Emmy for the fourth-consecutive year.
BWW Review: Garden Theatre's Exceptional BONNIE & CLYDE Cast Makes the Most of Mediocre MaterialBWW Review: Garden Theatre's Exceptional BONNIE & CLYDE Cast Makes the Most of Mediocre Material
September 16, 2016

There is much to love about the Garden Theatre's production of Frank Wildhorn's musical BONNIE & CLYDE; the cast is breathtakingly talented, the set, lighting, and costume designs are gorgeous, and the live (unseen) band is pitch perfect. Unfortunately, there is one major thing not to love about Frank Wildhorn's musical BONNIE & CLYDE, and that is Frank Wildhorn's musical BONNIE & CLYDE.
BWW Flashback: Take a Look Back at Emmy-Winner Viola Davis' Tony-Winning Stage CareerBWW Flashback: Take a Look Back at Emmy-Winner Viola Davis' Tony-Winning Stage Career
September 17, 2016

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.
BWW Profile: Benedict Cumberbatch Emmy-Nominated Star of Stage and ScreenBWW Profile: Benedict Cumberbatch Emmy-Nominated Star of Stage and Screen
September 15, 2016

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.'
BWW Profile: Christine Baranski Emmy-Nominated Star of Stage and ScreenBWW Profile: Christine Baranski Emmy-Nominated Star of Stage and Screen
September 14, 2016

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 Interview: THE ILLUSIONISTS's Trickster Jeff Hobson Chats Magic, Fun, Stealing WatchesBWW Interview: THE ILLUSIONISTS's Trickster Jeff Hobson Chats Magic, Fun, Stealing Watches
September 14, 2016

Last week I sat down with Jeff Hobson of The Illusionists to chat about their upcoming North American Tour, which will stop in Orlando at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts from October 4th-9th. You can purchase tickets on the Dr. Phillips website or by calling 844-513-2014.
BWW Emmy Review Recap: Look Back at Biggest Theatre to TV Transitions of the Year; THE WIZ, GREASE, LADY DAYBWW Emmy Review Recap: Look Back at Biggest Theatre to TV Transitions of the Year; THE WIZ, GREASE, LADY DAY
September 13, 2016

As we saw throughout the two nights of the Creative Arts Emmys, theatrical programming and theatre performers have done very well taking home trophies so far this year. So, we wanted to take a look back at three of the biggest theatrical properties to come to television in the past year, as they prepare for the biggest awards to be announced on Sunday.
Apply to Be BroadwayWorld's Database and Theatre History Intern for Fall 2016!Apply to Be BroadwayWorld's Database and Theatre History Intern for Fall 2016!
September 7, 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: WHEN SHADOWS FALL Blends Personal, Mythological in Uniquely Thrilling ExperienceBWW Review: WHEN SHADOWS FALL Blends Personal, Mythological in Uniquely Thrilling Experience
August 19, 2016

For the second summer in a row, Pseudonym Productions has given Central Florida something special; not to mention something surprising, something a little bit sexy, and something altogether sinister. Their new interactive, immersive theatre piece, which they refer to as a 'real-life video game,' blends mythology and science fiction into a story that has traces of dystopian corporate espionage with hints of Shakespearean History plays thrown in.
BWW Exclusive: Orlando's Pseudonym Productions Announces Expansion of Penumbra WorldBWW Exclusive: Orlando's Pseudonym Productions Announces Expansion of Penumbra World
August 18, 2016

BroadwayWorld Orlando has exclusively learned that Central Florida's extremely popular interactive, immersive theatrical experience, WHEN SHADOWS FALL, is about to undergo a number of major changes, all geared at expanding the world of 'Penumbra,' the fictional society in which their story is set.
Congrats! Tony-Winner Laura Benanti Makes Major Personal AnnouncementCongrats! Tony-Winner Laura Benanti Makes Major Personal Announcement
August 11, 2016

Today, beloved star of stage and screen, Laura Benanti made a major announcement on her Instagram account.Congratulations to Benanti and her husband Patrick Brown!Benanti won the 2008 Tony Award for Best FeaturedActress in a Musical for her performance in the Patti LuPone-led revival of GYPSY. She also received nominations for performances in SWING!, INTO THE WOODS, WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN, and SHE LOVES ME.
STAGE TUBE: KINKY BOOTS Cast Bids Farewell to Long-Running Charlie, Andy KelsoSTAGE TUBE: KINKY BOOTS Cast Bids Farewell to Long-Running Charlie, Andy Kelso
August 10, 2016

Over the weekend the Broadway company of KINKY BOOTS bid farewell to original cast member, and long-time Charlie Price, Andy Kelso. After beginning with the production in the original reading, Kelso went on to originate the role of Harry in the 2013 Tony-winning Best Musical.
BWW TV: Exclusive Interviews 'From Broadway w/ Love' with Chita, Stokes, Norbert, Darren, Kelli, MoreBWW TV: Exclusive Interviews 'From Broadway w/ Love' with Chita, Stokes, Norbert, Darren, Kelli, More
July 26, 2016

Last night, BroadwayWorld was at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Orlando, Florida for the 'From Broadway with Love' concert to benefit the Central Florida LGBTQ Community and the victims of thePulse Nightclub shooting. We spoke with Chita Rivera, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Norbert Leo Butz, Darren Criss, Lilla Crawford, Anika Larsen, Carrie Manolakos, and (in a separate video below) Kelli O'Hara.
BWW to Stream Facebook Live Interviews from FUN HOME for Orlando Concert TonightBWW to Stream Facebook Live Interviews from FUN HOME for Orlando Concert Tonight
July 24, 2016

Tonight at 7:00pm, the current Broadway cast of the Tony-winning musical FUN HOME will perform a special concert version of the show at Orlando's Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts to benefit the victims of last month's tragic events at the Pulse Nightclub and Equality Florida.
BWW Review: Intimate EQUUS Provides Startling Take on Pain and PassionBWW Review: Intimate EQUUS Provides Startling Take on Pain and Passion
July 21, 2016

EQUUS, presented and directed by Jeremy Seghers, now playing through July 24th at Orlando event site The Acre, is not a show that will appeal to everyone, as it treads not so lightly on a number of rather taboo issues. That being said, if your sensibilities are not easily rattled, the story of a startlingly damaged boy, performed in a unique theatrical venue, is a dramatic experience not to be missed.
BWW Review: Hilarious MIKE & DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES Flips Script on Gross-Out ComediesBWW Review: Hilarious MIKE & DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES Flips Script on Gross-Out Comedies
July 8, 2016

For decades, movie-going audiences have been subjected to crude, man-child comedies in which the female, romantic leads are portrayed as well put-together, successful, and sturdy, while their male counterparts get to be obscene, stupid, and juvenile. Well, after suffering through the oppressive piles of THE JERK, DUMB & DUMBER, BILLY MADISON, anything with Will Ferrell, Seth Rogan, Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, or Jason Segel, ladies now have their turn to be profanely socially immature in the hilarious big screen comedy MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES.
BWW Review: AVENUE Q Provides Humor, Acceptance, Community in Orlando's Difficult DaysBWW Review: AVENUE Q Provides Humor, Acceptance, Community in Orlando's Difficult Days
June 14, 2016

It seems unimaginable that a single work of art can both hysterically mock and lovingly embrace some of our fondest childhood memories. However, as the 'AVENUE Q Theme Song' transitions into the first official song of the musical (one of modern musical theatre's most effective opening numbers) it becomes clear that this show is unlike anything that came before it, and that traditional musical theatre conventions, and easily offended sensibilities, should be thrown out the window.


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