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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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


BWW Review: Far More than the Sum of its Parts, THE GREATEST SHOWMAN is a Profound Tale of Banding Together to Finally be SeenReview: GREATEST SHOWMAN is Profound Tale of Unity for the Unseen
Posted: Dec. 20, 2017


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Public Theater Releases  Statement on Controversy Surrounding Trump-Themed JULIUS CAESARPublic Theater Releases Statement on Trump-Themed JULIUS CAESAR
Posted: Jun. 12, 2017


UPDATE: Delta and Bank of America Pull Public Theater Sponsorship Following Trump-Themed JULIUS CAESARUPDATE: Delta & Bank of America Pull Public Theater Sponsorship
Posted: Jun. 11, 2017


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


Ben Platt Confirms That His Voice Is Back After Two Days of Vocal Rest, Will Return to DEAR EVAN HANSEN on TuesdayBen Platt Confirms that his Voice is Back, Will Return to DEH on Tuesday
Posted: Jun. 11, 2017


From SWEENEY TODD to BANDSTAND to GREAT COMET, the Ins and Outs of Actor/MusiciansFrom BANDSTAND to GREAT COMET, the Lives of Actor/Musicians
Posted: Jun. 11, 2017


Stephanie J. Block Confirms on BWW Red Carpet Live-stream that FALSETTOS is Coming to PBS this OctoberStephanie J. Block Confirms FALSETTOS on PBS this October
Posted: Jun. 11, 2017


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.

BWW Review: Far More than the Sum of its Parts, THE GREATEST SHOWMAN is a Profound Tale of Banding Together to Finally be SeenBWW Review: Far More than the Sum of its Parts, THE GREATEST SHOWMAN is a Profound Tale of Banding Together to Finally be Seen
December 20, 2017

The resulting product has a distinctly theatrical flair, from its musical framing to its production number presentation, but somewhat surprisingly, the stars of the film turnout not to be the Broadway megastar or creatives above the title, but instead the supporting and ensemble cast members who carry the film's truly power and timely message.

BWW Spoiler Alert: The Pop Culture and Theatre Fan's Holiday Gift GuideBWW Spoiler Alert: The Pop Culture and Theatre Fan's Holiday Gift Guide
November 27, 2017

Happy Cyber Monday, pop culture and theatre fans. I know that navigating all of the obscene amounts of emails and ads and discounts can be a bit daunting when you are trying to find the ideal holiday gift for a loved one, or even for yourself. So, I have put together a list of some of my favorite potential gifts that are perfect for the entertainment lover in your life.

BWW Review: Theatre Stars Shine in the Simple Masterpiece, LADY BIRDBWW Review: Theatre Stars Shine in the Simple Masterpiece, LADY BIRD
November 20, 2017

The term 'coming of age' is used fairly broadly in films these days. Any movie that focus on a young (or youngish) character who goes through difficulties generally gets this classification. However, often those films put their protagonists through incredibly tragic circumstances to help them find one specific truth as they 'come of age.' LADY BIRD, from the mind of writer and director Greta Gerwig, is a coming of age film that avoids the emotionally manipulative deaths, assaults, and addictions that often render the genre repetitive, and instead goes with the authentic difficulties that come with every day life; a hyper-critical, passive-aggressive mother; a father who is depressed because he's lost his job; a high school girl struggling with acceptance and finding her place in her family and in the world. Instead, it is a simple and subtle masterpiece, that digs down to the humor and truth of every day eccentricities.

Podcast Roundup: Best Broadway Podcast's for the Week of Nov. 20th w/ ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, Eva Noblezada, Jordan Roth, Tovah Feldshuh, and More!Podcast Roundup: Best Broadway Podcast's for the Week of Nov. 20th w/ ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, Eva Noblezada, Jordan Roth, Tovah Feldshuh, and More!
November 20, 2017

Here at BroadwayWorld, we love podcasts! So, starting today, we are going to be rounding up the best episodes of our favorite theatrical podcasts every week, so you can find them all in one place.

BWW Contest: Win Tickets to the New York Premiere of HELLO AGAIN on 11/6BWW Contest: Win Tickets to the New York Premiere of HELLO AGAIN on 11/6
November 2, 2017

Win a pair of tickets to the November 6th NYC premiere & after-party of HELLO AGAIN! Join the Cast & Crew to celebrate the nationwide cinema release on Monday, November 6th at 7pm at Cin polis Chelsea.

Podcast Roundup: Best Broadway Podcast's for the Week of Oct. 23rd featuring Jessica Vosk, Matthew James Thomas, THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, Ken Page, and MorePodcast Roundup: Best Broadway Podcast's for the Week of Oct. 23rd featuring Jessica Vosk, Matthew James Thomas, THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, Ken Page, and More
October 27, 2017

Here at BroadwayWorld, we love podcasts! So, starting today, we are going to be rounding up the best episodes of our favorite theatrical podcasts every week, so you can find them all in one place.

BWW Review: The ON YOUR FEET Tour is the Perfect Kind of Theatrical Cotton CandyBWW Review: The ON YOUR FEET Tour is the Perfect Kind of Theatrical Cotton Candy
October 18, 2017

In just its first tour stop following its Miami opening earlier this month, the national tour of ON YOUR FEET, the Gloria and Emilio Estefan musical, is playing Orlando's Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts now through October 22nd. Whether you are familiar with the music of the Miami Sound Machine or not, ON YOUR FEET is like theatrical cotton candy; incredibly enjoyable fluff with little else behind it, but that's not a bad thing.

Podcast Roundup: Check out the Best of BroadwayWorld's Podcast Coverage for the Week! 'OHenry Report,' 'Broadwaysted,' 'Little Known Facts,' and More!Podcast Roundup: Check out the Best of BroadwayWorld's Podcast Coverage for the Week! 'OHenry Report,' 'Broadwaysted,' 'Little Known Facts,' and More!
October 20, 2017

Here at BroadwayWorld, we love podcasts! So, starting today, we are going to be rounding up the best episodes of our favorite theatrical podcasts every week, so you can find them all in one place.

Enter to Win COME FROM AWAY Tickets Through the 'Stop the World' Photo Submission Contest!Enter to Win COME FROM AWAY Tickets Through the 'Stop the World' Photo Submission Contest!
September 5, 2017

COME FROM AWAY has partnered with Lomography and BroadwayWorld to showcase the power of photography to help people explore and connect with the world. One grand prize winner will win a pair of tickets to see COME FROM AWAY, a chance to photograph the show's cast, and a Lomo camera and film.

BWW Review: JOYCE JACKSON'S GUIDE TO DATING is Frothy Mix of Missed OpportunitiesBWW Review: JOYCE JACKSON'S GUIDE TO DATING is Frothy Mix of Missed Opportunities
August 20, 2017

Make no mistake about it, there is a funny, intelligent, socially-conscious, slightly sardonic show inside of the new musical JOYCE JACKSON'S GUIDE TO DATING. Unfortunately, the show's writers, Scott Logsdon (book and lyrics) and Steve Marzullo (music) weren't able to find it in time for the world premiere production that ended its run at Orlando's Abbey earlier this week.

INDUSTRY: Theater Report- August 16th, 2017, GETTIN' THE BAND BACK TOGETHER, Roundabout's Two New ShowsINDUSTRY: Theater Report- August 16th, 2017, GETTIN' THE BAND BACK TOGETHER, Roundabout's Two New Shows
August 16, 2017

It has been a wild beginning to the week in terms of Broadway announcements, as not one, not two, but three shows announced main stem intentions for the next year. First, Monday brought a surprise Broadway announcement, as Ken Davenport and his fellow producers announced that the long-gestating original musical GETTIN' THE BAND BACK TOGETHER will be coming to Broadway's Belasco Theatre beginning in July of 2018.

By Telling the Story of HAMILTON, 'Broadway Backstory' Host Patrick Hinds Shared his Own NarrativeBy Telling the Story of HAMILTON, 'Broadway Backstory' Host Patrick Hinds Shared his Own Narrative
September 29, 2017

At its best, theatre has the ability to impact people on personal levels that dramatically transcend the specific story being told. That is what happened when one of the theatre community's most well known interviewers saw HAMILTON for the first time.

Musical Podcast 36 QUESTIONS, Starring Jonathan Groff and Jessie Shelton, Releases Final EpisodeMusical Podcast 36 QUESTIONS, Starring Jonathan Groff and Jessie Shelton, Releases Final Episode
August 7, 2017

Last month, the podcasting company Two-Up launched something unlike anything heard before, a three-part musical called 36 QUESTIONS. The audio show stars Tony-nominee Jonathan Groff (SPRING AWAKENING, HAMILTON, FROZEN) and Jessie Shelton, most recently seen Off-Broadway in HADESTOWN.

Podcast: LISTEN to Act II of Musical 36 QUESTIONS, Starring Jonathan Groff and Jessie SheltonPodcast: LISTEN to Act II of Musical 36 QUESTIONS, Starring Jonathan Groff and Jessie Shelton
July 24, 2017

Earlier this month, the podcasting company Two-Up launched something unlike anything heard before, a three-part musical called 36 QUESTIONS. The audio show stars Tony-nomineeJonathan Groff (SPRING AWAKENING, HAMILTON, FROZEN)and Jessie Shelton, most recently seen Off-Broadway in HADESTOWN.

INDUSTRY: Theater Report- August 7th, 2017, Take a Look at the Broadway Real Estate for the Upcoming SeasonINDUSTRY: Theater Report- August 7th, 2017, Take a Look at the Broadway Real Estate for the Upcoming Season
August 7, 2017

Even though we are in the slow summer season for theatre news, show and casting announcements have been slowly trickling in so that the 2017-2018 Broadway season is beginning to come into sharper focus. The slate is filled with high-profile offerings like FROZEN and HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD, exciting revivals including M. BUTTERFLY, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, and MY FAIR LADY, intriguing new works like THE BAND'S VISIT and JUNK, and curious newcomers, i.e. SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS and ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE.

Public Theater Releases  Statement on Controversy Surrounding Trump-Themed JULIUS CAESARPublic Theater Releases Statement on Controversy Surrounding Trump-Themed JULIUS CAESAR
June 12, 2017

Following news that two major sponsors, Delta Air Lines and Bank of America had pulled financial support for The Public Theater in response to their Donald Trump-Themed Shakespeare in the Park production of JULIUS CAESAR, the Public Theater has released a statement.

VIDEO: Watch the Tonys Acceptance Speeches You Missed During the CommercialsVIDEO: Watch the Tonys Acceptance Speeches You Missed During the Commercials
June 11, 2017

While everyone was grabbing drinks or a snack from the kitchen during the Tony Awards commercial breaks, Creative Arts hosts King Georges Brian d'Arcy James and Jonathan Groff were presenting Tony Awards in the categories of Best Lighting Design Play, Best Lighting Design in a Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Orchestrations, and Best Choreography.

Video: Check Out James Earl Jones, Baayork Lee, and the Pre-Broadcast Acceptance SpeechesVideo: Check Out James Earl Jones, Baayork Lee, and the Pre-Broadcast Acceptance Speeches
June 11, 2017

Before the Tony Awards broadcast began on CBS, the American Theatre Wing handed out a handful of Creative Arts Awards, along with the Lifetime Achievement and theIsabelle StevensonAward. Check out all of the pre-broadcast acceptance speeches below.The legendary James Earl Jones was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award andBaayork Leewasthis year's recipient of the Isabelle Stevenson Award.

UPDATE: Delta and Bank of America Pull Public Theater Sponsorship Following Trump-Themed JULIUS CAESARUPDATE: Delta and Bank of America Pull Public Theater Sponsorship Following Trump-Themed JULIUS CAESAR
June 11, 2017

On Sunday night, Delta Air Lines announced that they were ending their four-year-old sponsorship agreement with the Public Theater over their current Shakespeare in the Park production of JULIUS CAESAR. The play, which is set to open at Central Park's Delacorte Theatre on Monday, depicts the Roman dictator in a way that calls to mind President Donald Trump.



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