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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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Spoiler Alert! Recap and Review: THE VOICE Live Playoffs Elimination Show 11/12; Full Results!Spoiler Alert!: THE VOICE Makes Some Shocking (and Crazy) Eliminations!
Posted: Nov. 12, 2014


Spoiler Alert! Recap and Review: What Did We Learn from THE MAKING OF PETER PAN LIVE!?Spoiler Alert!: What Did We Learn from THE MAKING OF PETER PAN LIVE!?
Posted: Nov. 26, 2014


Spoiler Alert! Recap and Review: THE VOICE's Top-10 Perform 11/24; Full Results! Coaches Over-Produce Artistry Out of ContestantsSpoiler Alert! THE VOICE Continues to Produce Artistry Out of Contestants
Posted: Nov. 24, 2014


LAST 365 DAYS

AMERICAN IDOL Recap: Another Week, Another Wrong Contestant Sent HomeAMERICAN IDOL Recap: Another Week, Another Wrong Contestant Sent Home
Posted: Apr. 17, 2014


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!
Posted: Sep. 23, 2014


Gone Viral: John Travolta Introduces 'Adela Dazeem' at Oscars; Twitter ExplodesGone Viral: John Travolta Introduces 'Adela Dazeem' at Oscars; Twitter Explodes
Posted: Mar. 2, 2014


BWW Exclusive Interview: Alanna Saunders, PETER PAN LIVE's Tiger Lily, Chats Whirlwind Casting, Authentic Updates, and Christopher WalkenBWW Exclusive Interview: Alanna Saunders, PETER PAN LIVE's Tiger Lily, Chats Whirlwind Casting, Authentic Updates, and Christopher Walken
November 28, 2014

With Thanksgiving now past, we are less than one week away from the television event of the season, at least for musical theatre fans, PETER PAN LIVE!. As anyone who reads BroadwayWorld or watches NBC knows, PETER PAN LIVE! is the follow up to last year's enormously successful THE SOUND OF MUSIC LIVE!. Allison Williams (GIRLS) will play the boy who wouldn't grow up, while legendary actor Christopher Walken will play the scourge of the seven seas, Captain Hook. Also in the company are Tony winner Christian Borle (Mr. Darling and Mr. Smee), five-time Tony nominee Kelly O'Hara, Broadway's Taylor Louderman, and an ensemble full of some of the theatre's best young talent.
Spoiler Alert! Recap and Review: What Did We Learn from THE MAKING OF PETER PAN LIVE!?Spoiler Alert! Recap and Review: What Did We Learn from THE MAKING OF PETER PAN LIVE!?
November 26, 2014

Tonight, NBC is pulling back the curtain on the upcoming PETER PAN LIVE! As BroadwayWorld recently reported, the MAKING OF PETER PAN LIVE! special will share secrets about the production, including how everybody's favorite fairy Tinkerbell will be created.
Spoiler Alert! Recap and Review: THE VOICE Welcomes Back Taylor Swift, Another Terrible Instant Save; Full Results!Spoiler Alert! Recap and Review: THE VOICE Welcomes Back Taylor Swift, Another Terrible Instant Save; Full Results!
November 25, 2014

You know who I haven't seen on TV lately? That Taylor Swift girl. She used to be a country singer, but she seems to have disappeared from popular culture lately. I wonder what ever happened to her. Well, actually T-Swift is heading back to THE VOICE tonight, this time as a performer. She will reportedly be singing her 'crazy ex-girlfriend' hit 'Blank Space.'
Spoiler Alert! Recap and Review: THE VOICE's Top-10 Perform 11/24; Full Results! Coaches Over-Produce Artistry Out of ContestantsSpoiler Alert! Recap and Review: THE VOICE's Top-10 Perform 11/24; Full Results! Coaches Over-Produce Artistry Out of Contestants
November 24, 2014

To say that I am a little disappointed with last week's elimination of Team Pharrell's Sugar Joans is an understatement. Though, I admit, she didn't have the best week in terms of performance, she was still one of the best vocalists on the show.
BWW Review: Rollins' OUR TOWN is Perfect Blend of Classic Theatrical MagicBWW Review: Rollins' OUR TOWN is Perfect Blend of Classic Theatrical Magic
November 20, 2014

One of the most magical places that I have ever been is Grover's Corners, New Hampshire. It's not a fancy place, just a simple town in which people go about their business, but are always willing to stop and chat about the weather. Grover's Corners is the epitome of a way of life that has long since ceased to exist, if it ever actually did in the first place. However, despite its quantness and surface simplicity, every time I go back to visit, I find more and more depth in the town than I ever remembered being there before. Perhaps this is a simple byproduct of my own aging, but each time I stop by Grover's Corners, I fall more and more in love with this mythical, magical town.
BWW Interview: Ricky Ubeda & Valerie Rockey Chat SYTYCD Tour, Living in Close Quarters,  Future PlansBWW Interview: Ricky Ubeda & Valerie Rockey Chat SYTYCD Tour, Living in Close Quarters, Future Plans
November 19, 2014

As I've said numerous times in my reviews and recaps, I don't think there is a show on television more important for the future of the arts than SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. In addition to exposing the public to a much more emotionally honest and raw form of creativity than we are used to seeing in today's overly packaged and focused-grouped world of entertainment, the show also makes stars out of the usually unsung heroes of the artistic community; dancers.
BWW Review: THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Extended DVD is an Exciting Journey for LOTR Fans New & OldBWW Review: THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Extended DVD is an Exciting Journey for LOTR Fans New & Old
November 18, 2014

When I was given the opportunity to review the Extended DVD release of THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG, I balked at first, having never seen or read anything 'Hobbit' or 'Lord of the Rings' related. However, seeing an opportunity to fill in a gap in my pop cultural knowledge, I agreed, and when I got the DVDs in the mail, I called the biggest LOTR dork I know, my brother.
Spoiler Alert! Recap and Review: THE VOICE Top 12 Performance Show 11/17; Full Results! Fortunately the Show Finished Strong!Spoiler Alert! Recap and Review: THE VOICE Top 12 Performance Show 11/17; Full Results! Fortunately the Show Finished Strong!
November 17, 2014

I don't know about you, but I feel really powerful right now. After 16 episodes, THE VOICE is finally trusting the American public to take control of the singing competition. There are no more Battles, no more Knockouts, no more Steals, there is just you, me, and the other 11 or so million people who watch the show on any given week! And it couldn't come at a better time, because last week the coaches really screwed the pooch with their final Saves.
Creators of BWW's Web Series THE RESIDUALS Chat on THAT'LL PLAY PODCASTCreators of BWW's Web Series THE RESIDUALS Chat on THAT'LL PLAY PODCAST
November 17, 2014

The latest episode of THAT'LL PLAY with Matt & John, 'Commercial Appeal', features Michael Paul Smith and Gillian Pensavalle, the husband-and-wife team and co-creators of The Residuals, BroadwayWorld's newest webseries partner. The couple stops by That'll Play to discuss their hit web series in promotion of season two, which will be released exclusively on BroadwayWorld in 2015. Matt Candela and John Nuzzi chat with Michael and Gillian about the creative process of developing season one, their successful Kickstarter campaign, and exciting stories of the special guests that participated in the upcoming season of The Residuals.
BWW TV: Norm Lewis, Sierra Boggess, Michael Urie Chat BROADWAY & BEYONDBWW TV: Norm Lewis, Sierra Boggess, Michael Urie Chat BROADWAY & BEYOND
November 17, 2014

On Saturday, November 15th, the arts community in Central Florida forever changed with the official opening of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. On that night, Broadway icon Richard Jay-Alexander brought together an incredible group of talent to unveil the Walt Disney Theatre with BROADWAY & BEYOND, and BroadwayWorld was there!
The Theater People Podcast Welcomes SIDESHOW's Erin DavieThe Theater People Podcast Welcomes SIDESHOW's Erin Davie
November 16, 2014

On Monday, November 17, the Theater People Podcast welcomes SIDE SHOW star Erin Davie. Davie shares stories about her six year journey with the production, working with director Bill Condon on updating and reimagining the show, memories from having seen the original production on Broadway, and how she and co-star Emily Padget found their Daisy and Violet.
Dr. Phillips Center Set to Reinvent Orlando Arts Scene this Saturday with BROADWAY & BEYONDDr. Phillips Center Set to Reinvent Orlando Arts Scene this Saturday with BROADWAY & BEYOND
November 12, 2014

In three days, the Orlando arts community will be forever changed as The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts presents its inaugural show, BROADWAY & BEYOND. Directed by theatrical legend Richard Jay-Alexander (Executive Producer for the original Broadway productions of LES MISERABLES and MISS SAIGON), the performance will feature stars from all imaginable entertainment disciplines, including Broadway's current Phantom of the Opera, Central Florida native Norm Lewis; Broadway's Little Mermaid, Sierra Boggess; star of stage and screen Michael Urie; and many more. To check out the full list of stars performing in the event, click here.
Spoiler Alert! Recap and Review: THE VOICE Live Playoffs Elimination Show 11/12; Full Results!Spoiler Alert! Recap and Review: THE VOICE Live Playoffs Elimination Show 11/12; Full Results!
November 12, 2014

For the first time all season, we will have an elimination show on THE VOICE. After two months of Blind Auditions, Battle Rounds, Knockout Rounds, and Live Playoffs, we finally get to see what America thinks of the 20 remaining singers.
Spoiler Alert! Recap and Review: Teams Gwen & Pharrell Perform on THE VOICE Live Playoffs Night Two; Full Reviews!Spoiler Alert! Recap and Review: Teams Gwen & Pharrell Perform on THE VOICE Live Playoffs Night Two; Full Reviews!
November 11, 2014

With one night down in THE VOICE's Live Playoffs (read my review of last night's show here), the teams are taking shape, but, as of yet, no one has blown the doors off the joint. Tonight, rookie coaches Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams will send their singers to the stage to perform for a live national audience for the first time.
Spoiler Alert! Recap and Review: THE VOICE Live Playoffs Night One, 11/10; Full Review!Spoiler Alert! Recap and Review: THE VOICE Live Playoffs Night One, 11/10; Full Review!
November 10, 2014

Great googly moogly, after three and a half years of THE VOICE taped shows, we are finally going to have a live episode of NBC's singing competition show. Now that we are through the Blind Auditions, the Battle Round, and the Knockout Round, the show is now live and America has a chance to vote on its favorite artists.
Spoiler Alert! Recap and Review: Matt Bomer Falls Victim to an American Psycho in a Crowded FREAKSHOWSpoiler Alert! Recap and Review: Matt Bomer Falls Victim to an American Psycho in a Crowded FREAKSHOW
November 6, 2014

When I was a child, I loved drawing pictures; despite the fact that it was very clear that I had little to no artistic ability in this arena, I continued to draw anyway. Whether it was a sunrise over a mountain with little V shaped birds flying towards the horizon, or a sunset over a beach with little V shaped birds flying towards the horizon, I kept drawing. However, every time I would get to the point when the picture had just enough detail, I would think of something else that it must have before it could be considered complete. So, I would add more pine trees on the mountains, or umbrellas on the beach, until my canvas piece of paper was so overcrowded with stuff, that it was hard to see the forest through the trees, often literally. This has been my major complaint about the genre-defining (and defying) anthology series AMERICAN HORROR STORY from the beginning.
BWW Interview: Ken Marino, Casey Wilson Are Wit and Heart of Great New Comedy MARRY MEBWW Interview: Ken Marino, Casey Wilson Are Wit and Heart of Great New Comedy MARRY ME
November 6, 2014

This fall, I have found a new half-hour comedy that has become Must See TV for me, MARRY ME. The single-cam comedy starring Ken Marino (VERONICA MARS) and Casey Wilson (HAPPY ENDINGS) is a fast-paced hyper-speed paced show about two people with their individual quirks working to maintain a happy, stable relationship.
But, Wait! What's On TV Tonight? Wednesday, November 5th: Matt Bomer Joins the FREAKSHOWBut, Wait! What's On TV Tonight? Wednesday, November 5th: Matt Bomer Joins the FREAKSHOW
November 5, 2014

8:00: Country Music Association Awards | ABC 10:00: AMERICAN HORROR STORY | FX 10:00: THE GAME | BBC America Click for more picks!
But, Wait! What's On TV Tonight? Tuesday, November 4th: GREASE Marathon, Comic Books, Politics!But, Wait! What's On TV Tonight? Tuesday, November 4th: GREASE Marathon, Comic Books, Politics!
November 4, 2014

All Night: Election Coverage | Every network 6:00: GREASE & GREASE 2 | ABC Family 9:00: MARVEL: 75 Years, From Pulp to Pop | ABC Click for more picks!
Spoiler Alert! Recap and Review: Knockout Round Night Three 11/3; Full Results, Reviews, & Pictures!Spoiler Alert! Recap and Review: Knockout Round Night Three 11/3; Full Results, Reviews, & Pictures!
November 3, 2014

We are halfway through the Taylor Swift experiment on THE VOICE, and the new queen of New York has honestly been killing it. From vocal arrangement to on-stage swagger, T-Swizzle has demonstrated the insight and attention to detail that it takes to make it as a pro in that business.


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