Matt Tamanini

Matt Tamanini

Matt is a Senior Editor and Administrator at BroadwayWorld, regularly writing about Broadway real estate, TV, and film. 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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BREAKING: Tony Winner Ruthie Ann Miles Returns to the Stage in West End's THE KING AND I TonightRuthie Ann Miles Returns To THE KING AND I Tonight
Posted: Aug. 3, 2018


Rialto Chatter: Is Former Fifth Harmony Star Camila Cabello the WEST SIDE STORY Movie's Maria?Chatter: Is Camila Cabello the WEST SIDE STORY Movie's Maria?
Posted: Aug. 7, 2018


VIDEO: Carole King Surprises Melissa Benoist and the Cast of BEAUTIFULVIDEO: Carole King Surprises Melissa Benoist and the Cast of BEAUTIFUL
Posted: Jul. 28, 2018


Kelli O'Hara Shares Joy that Ruthie Ann Miles has Rejoined THE KING AND IKelli O'Hara Welcomes Ruthie Ann Miles Back to KING AND I
Posted: Aug. 4, 2018


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BREAKING: Tony Winner Ruthie Ann Miles Returns to the Stage in West End's THE KING AND I TonightRuthie Ann Miles Returns To THE KING AND I Tonight
Posted: Aug. 3, 2018


BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS STORY LIVE! is a Joyous, Imaginative Adaptation, Despite Inherent ProblemsBWW Review: A CHRISTMAS STORY LIVE! is an Imaginative Adaptation
Posted: Dec. 17, 2017


Rialto Chatter: Is Former Fifth Harmony Star Camila Cabello the WEST SIDE STORY Movie's Maria?Chatter: Is Camila Cabello the WEST SIDE STORY Movie's Maria?
Posted: Aug. 7, 2018


Things are Going to Get Bloody as RIVERDALE will Perform CARRIE: THE MUSICAL this SpringRIVERDALE is Going to Get Bloody with CARRIE: THE MUSICAL
Posted: Jan. 24, 2018


Rialto Chatter: Is Former Fifth Harmony Star Camila Cabello the WEST SIDE STORY Movie's Maria?Rialto Chatter: Is Former Fifth Harmony Star Camila Cabello the WEST SIDE STORY Movie's Maria?
August 7, 2018

Ever since it was announced that iconic director Stephen Spielberg would be helming a remake of the musical classic WEST SIDE STORY, speculation has run rampantattempting to dreamcast the star-crossed lovers at the center of the story.In March, Tony winner Ben Platt shared his audition video to play Tony, and now a New York radio host is reporting that former star of pop group Fifth Harmony, Camila Cabello will soon officially be announced for the role of Maria.

TICK, TICK... BOOM!, HAIR, FREAKY FRIDAY, and More are Coming to a Screen Near You in BWW's August Stage-to-Screen ReportTICK, TICK... BOOM!, HAIR, FREAKY FRIDAY, and More are Coming to a Screen Near You in BWW's August Stage-to-Screen Report
August 6, 2018

There has been a lot of news swirling around stage to screen adaptations in the past few weeks, from Lin-Manuel Miranda directing a TICK, TICK... BOOM! movie, to Diane Paulus directing NBC's HAIR LIVE!, and this Friday, the Disney Channel original movie of the FREAKY FRIDAY musical will premiere.

Kelli O'Hara Shares Joy that Ruthie Ann Miles has Rejoined THE KING AND IKelli O'Hara Shares Joy that Ruthie Ann Miles has Rejoined THE KING AND I
August 4, 2018

As BroadwayWorld reported yesterday, Tony winner Ruthie Ann Miles returned to the stage on Friday night, following five months of personal tragedy. Miles resumed the role of Lady Thiang in the West End transfer of the Lincoln Center Theatre revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's THE KING AND I.

BREAKING: Tony Winner Ruthie Ann Miles Returns to the Stage in West End's THE KING AND I TonightBREAKING: Tony Winner Ruthie Ann Miles Returns to the Stage in West End's THE KING AND I Tonight
August 3, 2018

It has been an unfathomably heartbreaking year for Tony winner Ruthie Ann Miles, but after months of grieving, and physical and emotional recuperating, the star of The King and I, HERE LIES LOVE, SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, and more returned to the stage for the first time this evening.

VIDEO: Carole King Surprises Melissa Benoist and the Cast of BEAUTIFULVIDEO: Carole King Surprises Melissa Benoist and the Cast of BEAUTIFUL
July 28, 2018

Last night, with just over a week left in Supergirl Melissa Benoist's run in the title role ofBEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL, the real life King decided to pay a visit to the show that tells the story of her life. As she has done in the past, King's appearance at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre was a surprise to the cast.

Breaking: Lin-Manuel Miranda to Direct TICK, TICK... BOOM! Film Adaptation; DEAR EVAN HANSEN's Steven Levenson to Pen ScriptBreaking: Lin-Manuel Miranda to Direct TICK, TICK... BOOM! Film Adaptation; DEAR EVAN HANSEN's Steven Levenson to Pen Script
July 19, 2018

With the IN THE HEIGHTS film currently in pre-production, Lin-Manuel Miranda is looking to extend his reach into musical films as Deadline is reporting that the multi-talented star will make his feature film directorial debut with the big screen adaptation of Jonathan Larson's TICK, TICK... BOOM!

IN THE HEIGHTS, HAIR, FREAKY FRIDAY, and More are Coming to a Screen Near You in BWW's July Stage-to-Screen ReportIN THE HEIGHTS, HAIR, FREAKY FRIDAY, and More are Coming to a Screen Near You in BWW's July Stage-to-Screen Report
July 1, 2018

With news coming earlier this month that Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegria Hudes' Tony-winning musical IN THE HEIGHTS has been slated for a June 26, 2020 big-screen release, let's take a look at the other theatrical properties heading to screens large and small.

British Critic Stirs Debate Over Phone Use in TheatreBritish Critic Stirs Debate Over Phone Use in Theatre
May 15, 2018

As technology continues to creep further and further into every aspect of our lives with the advent of smart phones, wearable technology, and more, the performing arts-- and especially theatre-- has been attempting to find ways to adapt to the changing times, while also preserving the unique experience that sitting in an audience can provide.

VIDEO: Get a First Look at Disney Channel's Adaptation of FREAKY FRIDAY THE MUSICAL Starring Heidi Blickenstaff and Cozi ZuehlsdorffVIDEO: Get a First Look at Disney Channel's Adaptation of FREAKY FRIDAY THE MUSICAL Starring Heidi Blickenstaff and Cozi Zuehlsdorff
May 12, 2018

After a mini-tour around the United States beginning in 2016, the new musical adaptation of FREAKY FRIDAY will be coming to the Disney Channel over the summer. As it did on stage, the TV movie will starBroadway favorite Heidi Blickenstaff as one half of the mother-daughter duo at the center of the body-swapping story. She will be joined by Cozi Zuehlsdorff as the other half of the pair. Check out the first look at the film below!

Did You Know... Our Favorite Fun Facts About the 2018 Tony Nominees!Did You Know... Our Favorite Fun Facts About the 2018 Tony Nominees!
May 1, 2018

The 2018 Tony nominations were announced this morning. If you haven't checked them out yet, what are you waiting for?! CLICK HERE to check out a full list of this year's nominees, and HERE for reactions from the lucky few!

Apply to Be BroadwayWorld's Database and Theatre History Intern for Summer 2018!Apply to Be BroadwayWorld's Database and Theatre History Intern for Summer 2018!
April 20, 2018

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 Summer 2018 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 Interview: Maggie Lakis and Rob McClure on Married Life On and Off Stage with SOMETHING ROTTENBWW Interview: Maggie Lakis and Rob McClure on Married Life On and Off Stage with SOMETHING ROTTEN
April 20, 2018

No matter how much you love your significant other, chances are that eventually you are going to need some time apart. However, for real-life married couple Maggie Lakis and Rob McClure, that's not so easy. That's because Maggie and Rob play the fictional married couple Bea and Nick Bottom in the first national tour of the hit musical SOMETHING ROTTEN, which comes to Orlando's Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts from April 24-29.

BWW Review: Riverside's MAMMA MIA! is Absolutely Absurd, but Giddily EntertainingBWW Review: Riverside's MAMMA MIA! is Absolutely Absurd, but Giddily Entertaining
April 21, 2018

I have a confession to make. Though I have seen hundreds of plays and musicals since MAMMA MIA! premiered on Broadway in 2000, until I saw Riverside Theatre's giddily silly, yet oddly emotional production-running now through April 29- I had never seen this polarizing jukebox musical; neither on stage, nor screen. However, it would have been impossible for anyone with even a passing interest in theatre or pop culture to not have heard countless opinions about the show, both good and bad, over the years. Is MAMMA MIA! hokey? Yes, it is. Does it have plot holes large enough that you could scuba through? In spades. Nearly two decades after it premiered in London, does it already feel even more dated than its disco-era music would lead you to believe? Absolutely. But, if you go in knowing and accepting MAMMA MIA! for what it is, then it is also an absolutely transportively entertaining night at the theatre.

Breaking News: Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban to Host 2018 Tony AwardsBreaking News: Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban to Host 2018 Tony Awards
April 18, 2018

Today, Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban made an exciting announcement via social media, that despite not exactly being on the same page with their lines yet, that the two pop music superstars, and recent Broadway alums, will be hosting this June's Tony Awards.

BWW Review: Riverside Theatre Reminds Why GYPSY is the Perfect MusicalBWW Review: Riverside Theatre Reminds Why GYPSY is the Perfect Musical
March 19, 2018

Since its debut on Broadway in 1959, GYPSY has been hailed as one of the most perfect examples of the musical theatre artform. From the lush score of Jule Styne to the inventive lyrics of a young Stephen Sondheim to the funny- and ultimately heartbreaking- book by Arthur Laurents, it is hard to find a flaw in this show. However, as years pass and the genre evolves, it becomes easy to cynically think of the classics as dated period pieces to be looked at respectfully, but only with a sense of retrospect. However, the production of this musical fable playing at the Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach through March 25th reminds you from the opening moments of the power and poignancy, excitement and insight that the American musical standard-bearers still possess.

BWW Review: RIVERDANCE at Orlando's Dr. Phillips Center is a Celebration of All Things IrishBWW Review: RIVERDANCE at Orlando's Dr. Phillips Center is a Celebration of All Things Irish
January 28, 2018

For 20 years the Irish step dancing troupe of RIVERDANCE has been bringing their 'modern' version of the art form to audiences around the world, including to Orlando's Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts through Sunday. The tour setting up shop in Central Florida is billed as 'RIVERDANCE- The 20th Anniversary World Tour,' and retains much of the original show's choreography, along with 'updated' design elements and a new number for the female ensemble.

'The Hamilcast's' Gillian Pensavalle Shares the Story Behind Lin-Manuel Miranda's Epic 100th Episode Gift'The Hamilcast's' Gillian Pensavalle Shares the Story Behind Lin-Manuel Miranda's Epic 100th Episode Gift
January 28, 2018

Earlier this week, one of the theatre community's most beloved podcasts, 'The Hamilcast' celebrated two years of episodes. En route to becoming 'the official unofficial podcast of HAMILTON,' the show's creator, host, and producer Gillian Pensavalle has released more than 100 episodes, which include conversations with many of the show's performers and creators, in-depth discussions of the Ron Chernow biography that inspired the musical, and an epic, four-part October sit-down with creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, appropriately dubbed #Lintoberfest.

Things are Going to Get Bloody as RIVERDALE will Perform CARRIE: THE MUSICAL this SpringThings are Going to Get Bloody as RIVERDALE will Perform CARRIE: THE MUSICAL this Spring
January 24, 2018

It looks like things are about to get (even more) bloody for Archie and company, as Entertainment Weekly is reporting that the CW's high school drama RIVERDALE will be staging a production of CARRIE: THE MUSICAL this spring. The show's resident bad girl Cheryl Blossom (played by Madelaine Petsch) will play Carrie White in the episode.

Rialto Chatter: Could Jonathan Groff Bring THE BOBBY DARIN STORY to Broadway?Rialto Chatter: Could Jonathan Groff Bring THE BOBBY DARIN STORY to Broadway?
January 24, 2018

This morning in the New York Post, columnist Michael Riedel reported that THE BOBBY DARIN STORY, which recently played a three-performance run at the 92nd Street Y could potentially make the jump to full-fledged Broadway musical.

BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS STORY LIVE! is a Joyous, Imaginative Adaptation, Despite Inherent ProblemsBWW Review: A CHRISTMAS STORY LIVE! is a Joyous, Imaginative Adaptation, Despite Inherent Problems
December 17, 2017

For me, there has always been an inherently cynical, bah-humbug spirit that pervades the majority of the A CHRISTMAS STORY film. The 1983 movie, which brought the phrase 'You'll shoot your eye out,' to basic cable for 24-straight hours every Christmas, is ultimately the antithesis of nearly every other Christmas classic. Though the film is beloved as a holiday cult-favorite, at the heart of the story is a young boy living in constant fear of his parents, bullies, missing out on the gift of his dreams, and practically everything else around him. There's also the issue that the boy's sole (increasingly problematic) wish is to get a gun for Christmas. Despite that depressing take on the holidays, the musical version of the story that was broadcast live on FOX on Sunday night was able to keep the film's story and structure, but to infuse it with an imagination and winsomeness that transformed it into a tale of childhood wonder and persistence. Granted it was a mostly inconsequential tale, but the vibrancy of the score and the performances made it an enjoyable, if not all that memorable, viewing experience.



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