Matt is BroadwayWorld's Senior TV and Film critic, and is an editor at BWW Orlando. He is a proud graduate of The Ohio State University and has worked in sports media relations, as a theatre director, producer, and teacher, and he is the Executive and Co-Artistic Director of The Squeaky Wheel Theatre Project in Orlando, Florida. He also hosts BroadwayWorld's "Some Like it Pop" podcast. You can connect with Matt through Twitter @BWWMatt.
February 10, 2016
Hello Pop Culture Sommeliers! In this episode of BroadwayWorld's 'Some Like it Pop' podcast, after Jenn explains why she regularly visits a sensory deprivation chamber, we dive into all things TV and film.THE RESIDUALS' Smith, Pensavalle Appear on 'Hopefully We Don't Break Up' Podcast
February 9, 2016
?Recently, the creators of BroadwayWorld's web series partner THE RESIDUALS were guests on Cave Comedy Radio's 'Hopefully We Don't Break Up' podcast. THE RESIDUALS husband and wife team of Michael Paul Smith and Gillian Pensavalle the past, present, and future of the show, as well as working with your spouse without killing each other.The Theater People Podcast Welcomes Broadway's Bombshell Megan Hilty
February 8, 2016
On Monday, February 8th, the Theater People podcast welcomes stage and television star Megan Hilty. Shemade her Broadway debut in 2004 as the Glinda stanby in the Broadway production of WICKED, before she eventually took over the role full time. She also played the role on the First National Tour before creating the role for the Los Angeles sit down production.BWW Review: DEADPOOL Shakes Up Superhero Genre with Profane Perfection
February 8, 2016
When looking at the history of film, distinct well-worn patterns develop over time; tendencies turn into tropes and conventions become clichs. This has never been truer than in today's Hollywood as reboots and franchises have dominated the calendar for the last two decades, drowning out originality and creativity. However, once every generation or two, a film so exceeds the limitations that an assigned genre has placed on it that it is destined to change the way that we look at cinema forever; THE JAZZ SINGER, CITIZEN KANE, SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, THE GODFATHER, PULP FICTION, and now DEADPOOL.BWW Column: How Can GALAVANT Improve if Renewed for Unlikely Third Season?
February 7, 2016
The second season of ABC's medieval musical comedy GALAVANT opens with a song entitled 'A New Season,' a direct response to the nearly unanimous opinion that it would be cancelled after its initial eight-episode run. However, despite middling numbers, ABC brought the quirky show from Dan Fogelman, Alan Menken, and Glenn Slater back this January. While I thought the sophomore season's comedy and storytelling were far superior to the often meandering first season's, Season 2 has struggled to find an audience, rarely able to garner even half the rating's share of Season 1. So, while it is looking extremely unlikely that ABC will roll the dice on the show again, if they do, I have some suggestions for Team GALAVANT that I think will give them a fighting chance in Season 3.BWW Review: Buyer Beware of Charming HAIL, CAESAR!'s Bait-and-Switch
February 5, 2016
One would think that a movie like HAIL, CAESAR!, written and directed by two of America's favorite filmmakers, starring a veritable who's who of Hollywood heavyweights, and set in one of the most entertaining and romanticized eras in American history would be a sure fire hit. The first time that I saw the film's trailer, that's immediately what I thought. I just naturally assumed that it would be scheduled for a mid-December release, in time to scoop up the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture- Comedy or Musical, and to be the kooky, critical darling that snatched an Oscars' Best Picture nod, a la THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL. Instead, it was released in the first week of February, one of the slowest movie-going times of the year, eons away from awards-consideration, and is easily the most disappointing movie that I've seen in quite a while.BWW Review: High-Energy HANDS ON A HARDBODY is Enjoyable, but Uneven at the Garden Theatre
February 4, 2016
Let's get this out of the way first, the 'hardbody' in the title is a truck, a Nissan pickup truck to be exact; and while the name of the musical, HANDS ON A HARDBODY, might sound a teensy bit risque, it is filled with encouraging messages and life-affirming themes set to a high energy modern score. Presented by TheatreWorks Florida, the musical runs through February 21st at the Garden Theatre, and features an extremely game and talented cast, who unfortunately is not used in a way that comes close to maximizing their immense collective talent. The musical by Doug Wright (book), Amanda Green (music and lyrics), and Trey Anastasio of the band Phish (music) is based on a 1997 documentary of the same name about a Texas contest in which the person who keeps his or her hand on a truck the longest, wins it. While the show's ensemble construction gives nearly every cast-member multiple moments to vocally shine, it seems like a substantial amount of them have been shoehorned into roles that don't exactly match up with their particular vocal ranges, resulting in fairly regular pitch issues. That not-so minor issue aside, the show is a joyous, toe-tapping celebration of all the things, good and bad, that make people special.The Theater People Podcasts Announces Live Summer Series w/ Margherita, Mendez, Osnes
February 2, 2016
On Tuesday, February 2nd, the Theater People podcast announced the 'Theater People Summer Series' which will star Lesli Margherita, Lindsay Mendez, and Laura Osnes.New York Actors Gillian Pensavalle, Bianca Soto, Launch 'The Hamilcast' Chatting All Things HAMILTON!
February 1, 2016
The co-creator and star of BroadwayWorld's hilarious webseries partner THE RESIDUALS, Gillian Pensavalle and New York actor and dancer Bianca Soto have done what every theatre fan has been dreaming of doing for the past year; they've launched a HAMILTON-centric podcast entitled 'The Hamilcast.'The Theater People Podcast Welcomes SCHOOL OF ROCK's Alex Brightman
February 1, 2016
On Monday, February 1st, Theater People Podcast welcomes SCHOOL OF ROCK star Alex Brightman. Before being cast in the leading role in the new Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, Brightman made his Broadway debut as an understudy in GLORY DAYS (the show that infamously closed on its opening night). He went on to replace in the role of Boq in the Broadway company of WICKED, Michael Wormwood in the Broadway company of MATILDA, and then joined the original Broadway company of BIG FISH.BWW Review: GREASE: LIVE Reinvents What a Live TV Musical Can/Should Be!
January 31, 2016
Leave it to the network that reinvented television with AMERICAN IDOL and created SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, one of the most artistically significant shows in recent memory, to figure out the proper balance in merging musical theatre and live television. FOX's GREASE: LIVE learned from three years of live, middling musicals on NBC (the satisfying WIZ LIVE! notwithstanding) and produced the best, most thrilling live TV musical in half a century.A Video Refresher of the GREASE: LIVE Cast's Theatrical Roots
January 31, 2016
Like all theatre fans, we here at BroadwayWorld are excited to the max for Fox's broadcast of GREASE: LIVE tonight. Following in the footsteps of NBC's THE SOUND OF MUSIC LIVE!, PETER PAN LIVE!, and THE WIZ LIVE!, Marc Platt and Thomas Kail have filled their cast with stars of both stage and screen. While not every T-Bird, Pink Lady, and denizen of Rydell High has Broadway credits on their resume, nearly all of them have some sort of theatrical related experience under their belts.Win Tickets to See '1984' at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica
January 29, 2016
BroadwayWorld is excited to be giving away two (2) pairs of tickets to see The Broad Stage's production of George Orwell's '1984' on Thursday, February 4th.BWW Interview: GREASE: LIVE's Cha Cha, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, on Working with Tommy Kail Again
January 28, 2016
The multi-talented Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer is known to fans of a certain demographic as Kiki on Nickelodeon's THE FRESH BEAT BAND; to others she is known as recording artist Ava Gold; and I first became aware of her as a sultry and captivating Vanessa in the First National Tour of IN THE HEIGHTS. This Sunday, musical theatre fans around the world will be introduced to her as Cha Cha DiGregorio in GREASE: LIVE After about a two-minute phone conversation earlier this week, Yvette and I realized that with her busy schedule, an email interview might be best.BroadwayWorld's 'Some Like it Pop' Podcast Chats ANGIE TRIBECA, Oscar Noms, More
January 28, 2016
Hello Pop Culture Junkies! In this episode of BroadwayWorld's 'Some Like it Pop' podcast, after Jenn explains why she hates everything NBC, we dive into all things TV and film.BWW Review: Mad Cow's Biting Comedy, ART, Makes You Question Nature of Friendship
January 29, 2016
Do you have a prized piece of art hanging above the mantle in your home? Above the sofa? In your bedroom? What does the choice to invest in a particular work of art say about you? What does your best friend's choice in art say about him or her? Does your friend's choice say something about you? These seemingly frivolous questions lead to a series of dramatic confrontations in Yasmina Reza's biting comedy ART, playing now at Church Street's Mad Cow Theatre through February 21st. Originally written in French, and translated by Christopher Hampton, the play, which won the 1998 Tony for Best Play, is a break-neck exploration of the nature of friendship, and how seemingly unimportant decisions can destroy decades of love and trust.BWW Review: Theatre UCF's Energetic SPUNK AND THE HARLEM LITERATI is Weighed Down by its Own Ambition
January 27, 2016
Ambition can be a dangerous thing, whether you are a guitar-playing drifter in early Twentieth Century Orlando, or a playwright attempting to recontextualize an outdated work. In SPUNK AND THE HARLEM LITERATI, running through January 31st, UCF Theatre professor Be Boyd attempts to take an existing play by author and playwright Zora Neale Hurston, and ham-handedly shoehorn it into a framing device that seeks to admirably put the works of Hurston and her African-American contemporaries into proper cultural context. Unfortunately, the lack of connection between the framing scenes, set on a Harlem rooftop, and those of the play proper, set in rural Eatonville, Florida, robs both of any greater significance.Show Your Spirit and Win a GREASE LIVE! Viewing Party Pack
January 26, 2016
Everyone here at BroadwayWorld is counting down the days until Fox's live musical broadcast ofGREASE LIVE!, this Sunday at 7/6c. To help you get in the Rydell spirit, we are giving away two GREASE LIVE!Viewing Party Packs.BWW Interview: Hannah James on Creating an Authentic Southern Belle on PBS's MERCY STREET
January 24, 2016
Last Sunday, PBS debuted its first scripted drama in over a decade with the star-studded Civil War hospital drama, MERCY STREET. Despite the fact that most Civil War stories focus on the men leading the charge on the battlefield, MERCY STREET instead endeavors to tell the stories of a collection of women fighting to find their own sense of self in a world that no longer subscribes to the rules that they were raised on.BWW Interview: JANE THE VIRGIN's Yael Grobglas Chats Unique Process of Shooting JERUZALEM
January 21, 2016
When most people think of the nation of Israel, they usually think of one of the most historically important locales on Earth, gorgeous beaches on the Mediterranean, or the fact that it is the home of three of the world's largest religions. However, one thing that most people don't associate with the country is horror movies. However, on Friday, January 22nd, the new Israeli apocalyptic thriller JERUZALEM will be released in select U.S. theaters and On Demand nationwide.