Matt Tamanini

Matt Tamanini Matt is BroadwayWorld's Senior TV and Film critic. He also writes across other BWW sites, including BWW Orlando. He also serves as BWW's Advertising and Database Manager. He received a BA in Journalism/Communications from The Ohio State University and has worked in sports broadcasting and media relations and as a theatre director, producer, and teacher. He is also the Executive and Co-Artistic Director of The Squeaky Wheel Theatre Project in Orlando, Florida. You can connect with Matt through Twitter @BWWMatt.
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Breaking News: American Ballet Theatre's Misty Copeland to Join Cast of ON THE TOWN in AugustBreaking News: ABT's Misty Copeland to Join Cast of ON THE TOWN in August
Posted: Jul. 5, 2015


BWW Interview: Annoying Actor Friend Explains Why #SOBLESSED Live at 54 Below is Like the Hamilton LotteryBWW Interview: Actor Friend Explains Why #SOBLESSED Live is Like the Hamilton Lottery
Posted: Jul. 23, 2015


BWW Feature: Celebrate the City of Lights with our Favorite French ShowtunesBWW Feature: Celebrate the City of Lights with our Favorite French Showtunes
Posted: Jul. 19, 2015


BWW Classifieds: Apply for Your Dream Job at Roundabout, The Public, MCC, and More!BWW Classifieds: Apply for Your Dream Job at Roundabout, The Public, MCC, and More!
Posted: Jul. 23, 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


Spoiler Alert! THE VOICE Blind Auditions Night Two Recap 9/23; Full Results & Pics!Spoiler Alert! THE VOICE Blind Auditions Night Two Recap 9/23; Full Results & Pics!
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Pensavalle, Smith Chat THE RESIDUALS in New Backstage ArticlePensavalle, Smith Chat THE RESIDUALS in New Backstage Article
July 29, 2015

In June, BroadwayWorld launched Season 2 of the popular webseries THE RESIDUALS. The comedy, fromhusband-and-wife team Michael Paul Smith and Gillian Pensavalle, centers on the ridiculous world commercial acting.
Krysta Rodriguez, Adam Kaplan Join #SOBLESSED Live at 54 Below 7/27Krysta Rodriguez, Adam Kaplan Join #SOBLESSED Live at 54 Below 7/27
July 26, 2015

After a SOLD OUT engagement last fall, #SOBLESSED Live! returns to 54 BELOW on July 27th at 9:30 p.m., benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS! Krysta Rodriguez ('Smash') and Adam Kaplan (Newsies) join host Lesli Margherita (Matilda) in #SOBLESSED Live! featuring Christine Dwyer (Wicked), Chris McCarrell (Les Miserables), Nikka Graff Lanzarone (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), Kate Shindle (Legally Blonde, AEA PRESIDENT!), Alex Wyse(Deaf West's Spring Awakening), Chelsea Nachman (Twitter) as Laura Benanti.
Photo Flash: Check Out Shots of NYMF's Folk-Rock Musical THE LAST TIME WE WERE HEREPhoto Flash: Check Out Shots of NYMF's Folk-Rock Musical THE LAST TIME WE WERE HERE
July 23, 2015

This weekend, Atlanta-based actors and writers Jeremiah Parker Hobbs and Jessica DeMaria will debut their new breath-taking,folk-rock musicalTHE LAST TIME WE WERE HERE atThe New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF).There are only two performances of this special event: Saturday, July 25, 3pm, and Monday, July 27, noon, both at The Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Cafe located at 407 W. 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036.
BWW Classifieds: Apply for Your Dream Job at Roundabout, The Public, MCC, and More!BWW Classifieds: Apply for Your Dream Job at Roundabout, The Public, MCC, and More!
July 23, 2015

Whether in New York, L.A., or anywhere around the globe BroadwayWorld is your connection to theatre's best jobs; and best of all, it is completely free for job posters and job seekers! To find your dream job, check out BroadwayWorld's extensive Classified Section, and to post your open position for FREE, click here. Also, don't forget about our Equity and Non-Equity Audition Section.
BWW Interview: Annoying Actor Friend Explains Why #SOBLESSED Live at 54 Below is Like the Hamilton LotteryBWW Interview: Annoying Actor Friend Explains Why #SOBLESSED Live at 54 Below is Like the Hamilton Lottery
July 23, 2015

In 2013, Actor Friend published his/her first book #SOBLESSED, with the follow-up #GRATEFUL available this year just in time for the holidays. With the success of #SOBLESSED, and its star-studded audio version, A.F. brought the book to the stage in concert form. After two sold-out runs at 54 Below, the show is back for what might be its final performance ever, Monday, July 27th at 9:30 pm. As always, the show benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
BWW Feature: Celebrate the City of Lights with our Favorite French ShowtunesBWW Feature: Celebrate the City of Lights with our Favorite French Showtunes
July 19, 2015

Paris Je t'dore! And Vive La France!French-flavored Broadway shows and songs are tres magnifique. The romantic 'City of Lights' and the lure of romance with a French accent has served as the inspiration for many musicals through the years. And since France and all of the world's Francophiles celebrated Bastille Day earlier this week, BroadwayWorld's Jeff Walker and Matt Tamanini are taking a look at the shows and tunes that make us go 'oo-la-la!'
The Theater People Podcast Welcomes ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK's Lea DelariaThe Theater People Podcast Welcomes ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK's Lea Delaria
July 16, 2015

On Thursday, July 16, the Theater People Podcast welcomes Broadway vet and ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK star Lea Delaria. On the episode, DeLaria shares stories from her nearly 35-year career as a stand-up comic, jazz musician, Broadway leading lady, and film andtelevision actor.
BWW Interview: Jenna Leigh Green Chats Guesting on THE RESIDUALS, TONYA & NANCY at NYMFBWW Interview: Jenna Leigh Green Chats Guesting on THE RESIDUALS, TONYA & NANCY at NYMF
July 8, 2015

If you are of a certain age, you undoubtedly spent part of your Friday nights casting spells with Sabrinathe Teenage Witch, her aunts Hilda and Zelda, their talking cat Salem, and Sabrina's arch-rival Libby. As many Broadway fans know,Westbridge's meanest cheerleader was played by the wonderful Jenna Leigh Green, who has gone on to spend some time with another witch, Elphaba, and has appeared on stages and screen ever since.
The Theater People Podcast Welcomes Two-Time Tony Winner Michael CerverisThe Theater People Podcast Welcomes Two-Time Tony Winner Michael Cerveris
July 6, 2015

On Monday, June 6th the Theater People Podcast welcomes two-time Tony winnerMichael Cerveris. The star of stage and screenwon his second Tony Award last month for his turn as Bruce Bechdel in FUN HOME. Cerveris shares stories of his over two-year journey with the show,which won this year's Tonyfor Best New Musical. He discusses his decision not to read the graphic memoir on which the show is based, and his experience of visiting the real life Bechdel home where most of the show takes place.
Breaking News: American Ballet Theatre's Misty Copeland to Join Cast of ON THE TOWN in AugustBreaking News: American Ballet Theatre's Misty Copeland to Join Cast of ON THE TOWN in August
July 5, 2015

On the heels of being named the first female African-American principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre, The New York Timesis reporting thatMisty Copeland will be joining the cast of Broadway's ON THE TOWN next month.AfterNew York City Ballet principal dancerMegan Fairchild departs the show, Copeland will take over the role of Ivy for two weeks, beginning August 25th.
BWW Feature: Broadway Knows how to Celebrate Birthdays; 10 Birthday Showtunes!BWW Feature: Broadway Knows how to Celebrate Birthdays; 10 Birthday Showtunes!
June 29, 2015

My birthday this year took on extra significance, as the Supreme Court of the United States selected that day to rule that all people had an equal and unalienable right to marry whomever they wanted, regardless of gender. While normally a day to indulge in extreme selfishness, I am quite pleased to cede the importance of June 26th from a celebration of my birth to that of love and compassion for all people. Hopefully Derek Jeter, Ariana Grande, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, and Chris O'Donnell are all on board as well. Despite long considering myself a LGBTQ ally, I am now going to turn this feature back to being about my birthday (because I already had the songs chosen before SCOTUS ruled). So, this month, I am taking over sole duties that I normally share with Jeff Walker, and composing a list of 10 showtunes all about births and birthdays. Feel free to chime in on Twitter (@BWWMatt) or in the comments below with any others you would like to add to the list.
BWW Interview: Lisa Lampanelli Chats New Special 'Back to the Drawing Board,' Donald Trump, Off-Broadway PlayBWW Interview: Lisa Lampanelli Chats New Special 'Back to the Drawing Board,' Donald Trump, Off-Broadway Play
June 26, 2015

Tonight at 10pm ET on EPIX, one of the funniest women in the world takes to the stage for her fifth televised special, LISA LAMPANELLI: BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD. If you are familiar with Lampanelli's work, this goes without saying, but viewer discretion is highly advised. Known to fans and critics alike as 'The Queen of Mean,' Lampanelli is an insult comic willing to attack anyone, including herself.
BWW Review: THE FLICK is an Envelope-Pushing Must-See for All Serious Orlando Theatre FansBWW Review: THE FLICK is an Envelope-Pushing Must-See for All Serious Orlando Theatre Fans
June 25, 2015

The vast majority of theatre, even straight plays, has an intrinsic musicality that has become an engrained part of the art form; characters speak with an expected rhythm familiar to regular theatre viewers, dialogue is paced with a conventional choreography to which the audience has grown accustomed. While most playwrights strive for a heightened level of lyrical poetry from their scripts, Annie Baker's THE FLICK, by design, has no rhythm, nor choreography, nor poetry; what it has is uncomfortable reality. Since its debut in 2013, THE FLICK, presented at The Dr. Phillips Center through July 12th by Gen Y Productions, has amassed a devoted following and a Pulitzer Prize, but has also drawn the ire of many theatre-goers, who, frustrated by its unorthodoxy, leave the theater before the show is over. While THE FLICK, directed here by Tony-winning producer Kenny Howard, does have the occasional profanity and risque topics, it is nothing compared to that of theatre greats like David Mamet or Tracy Letts; no, the objection to THE FLICK is not because of its content, but because of how its content is presented.
BWW Interview: THE RESIDUALS Guest Star Michael Torpey Chats Commercial ActingBWW Interview: THE RESIDUALS Guest Star Michael Torpey Chats Commercial Acting
June 22, 2015

The second Season 2 episode will debut on Tuesday, June 23rd on BroadwayWorld, and will feature actor and commercial legend Michael Torpey as a few different versions of his real-life self. Torpey is a regular on INSIDE AMY SCHUMER and has had memorable apperances on 30 ROCK (asGaylord Felcher), VEEP (as Jason), and on LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON.
BWW Contest: Win THE STEPHEN SONDHEIM COLLECTION DVD SetBWW Contest: Win THE STEPHEN SONDHEIM COLLECTION DVD Set
June 19, 2015

Quick, name the best composer/lyricist in the history of the musical theatre. Did you say Stephen Sondheim? If not, you're wrong. We love Mr. Sondheim so much here at BroadwayWorld that we are giving away the six-DVD set THE STEPHEN SONDHEIM COLLECTION to one lucky fan.
BWW TV: Florida Premiere Cast Chats THE FLICK, Movies, MoreBWW TV: Florida Premiere Cast Chats THE FLICK, Movies, More
June 15, 2015

Gen Y Productions brings the 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winner THE FLICK toThe Alexis and Jim Pugh Theater at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Last week, I sat down with the show's three stars (Daniel Cooksley, Marcellis Cutler, and Jessica Hope Grossman) to chat about THE FLICK, their characters, and movies in general.
BWW Review: JURASSIC WORLD is Exactly the Movie You Thought it Would BeBWW Review: JURASSIC WORLD is Exactly the Movie You Thought it Would Be
June 12, 2015

Just so we are clear, JURASSIC WORLD is everything that you would expect from a movie about a theme park built around real, live genetically engineered dinosaurs; especially in a world where it's not the first park of its kind. As you may recall, starting in the 1990s, there was an ill-fated incarnation known as JURASSIC PARK, which didn't end badly enough to dissuade anyone from trying again (either on or off screen). Needless to say, things don't exactly go well this time around either. If your credulity is not strained enough by the film's basic conceits, the minutia of JURASSIC WORLD will surely finish the job. The franchise's clich fourth film has all of the hackneyed hallmarks you have grown to love and loathe in a summer blockbuster; a man vs. beast action movie that requires the suspension of every available ounce of disbelief, but is ultimately satisfyingly entertaining; either despite, or because of, its ridiculousness.
BWW Review: Remarkable IN THE HEIGHTS is Revelatory, Can't-Miss TheatreBWW Review: Remarkable IN THE HEIGHTS is Revelatory, Can't-Miss Theatre
June 11, 2015

'Home' means many different things to many different people. For some, it is the physical structure in which they grew up; for others it is a town, state, or region; for others it is with the people that they care about most. No matter how you define the word, everyone is looking to find, maintain, or return to the 'home' that allows them to feel safe and loved and be the best version of themselves. In one way or another, all of the characters in Lin-Manuel Miranda's bi-lingual, hip-hop infused musical IN THE HEIGHTS, are striving to get 'home.' Set in Miranda's beloved New York City neighborhood of Washington Heights, this cutting-edge show won four Tony Awards in 2008, including Best Musical. Now, the Greater Orlando Actors Theater and Baggy Pants Theater have collaborated on the Central Florida premiere of this deceptively challenging show, running through June 14th at the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre. While this engaging production never achieves the crispness of the Broadway original, the heart and love that makes IN THE HEIGHTS special is evident from the first note; this passionate ensemble has created a work that should be the example for what Orlando's professional theatres strive to achieve in musical storytelling.
BWW Interview: Star, Director of IN THE HEIGHTS Orlando Premiere Chat Show's Historical SignificanceBWW Interview: Star, Director of IN THE HEIGHTS Orlando Premiere Chat Show's Historical Significance
June 3, 2015

In 2007, Lin-Manuel Miranda's energetic love-letter to his neighborhood burst onto the Off-Broadway scene. From there, IN THE HEIGHTS went to Broadway, earning four Tony Awards and a Grammy, makingMiranda a star. As the show's creator, composer, lyricist,and original star, Mirandahas become one of musical theatre's most exciting young voices. His new musical, HAMILTON, the multi-ethnic,hip-hop infused story of America's first Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, is sweeping this year's Off-Broadway awards, and transfers to Broadway later this summer.
BWW Review: Despite Flaws, THE REPUBLIC Offers One of Orlando's Most Uniquely Entertaining ExperiencesBWW Review: Despite Flaws, THE REPUBLIC Offers One of Orlando's Most Uniquely Entertaining Experiences
June 2, 2015

'There is in every one of us, even those who seem to be most moderate, a type of desire that is terrible, wild, and lawless;' this ancient axiom is the crux of Orlando's newest, and most unique independent entertainment option, THE REPUBLIC, which opened last weekend after an award-winning beta run at this year's Orlando Fringe Festival.


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