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


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


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


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


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.

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.



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