David Clarke

David Clarke has had a lifelong love and passion for the performing arts, and has been writing about theatre both locally and nationally for years. He joined BroadwayWorld.com running their Houston site in early 2012 and began writing as the site's official theatre recording critic in June of 2013.

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BWW CD Reviews: Masterworks Broadway's IF/THEN: A NEW MUSICAL (Original Broadway Cast Recording) is Stirring but Falls ShortCD Review: IF/THEN is Stirring but Falls Short
Posted: Jun. 28, 2014


BWW CD Reviews: Yellow Sound Label's HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL (World Premiere Cast Recording) Has Some DamageCD Review: HEATHERS Has Some Damage
Posted: Jul. 3, 2014


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW CD Reviews: THE SOUND OF MUSIC (Music from the NBC Television Event) is CharmingCD Review: SOUND OF MUSIC is Charming
Posted: Dec. 9, 2013


BWW CD Reviews: Aaron Tveit's THE RADIO IN MY HEAD - Live at 54 BELOW is UnderwhelmingCD Review: Tveit's RADIO Underwhelms
Posted: Sep. 10, 2013


My Top 20 Songs of 2013My Top 20 Songs of 2013
Posted: Dec. 29, 2013


BWW Reviews: NYMF's BAYONETS OF ANGST is Raucous RevelryBWW Reviews: NYMF's BAYONETS OF ANGST is Raucous Revelry
July 17, 2014

Set in the present day on the porch of a swamp house in Mississippi, BAYONETS OF ANGST introduces audiences to a handful of old codgers who are partaking in their annual reunion. In fact, this is their 149th gathering, and each year the shrinking group gets together to relive their experiences during the American Civil War. As an audience, we are told to forget what we learned in history because these men were there. Over the next two hours, we are treated to a dizzying array of madcap, behind-the-scenes hilarity that turns history on its head.
BWW CD Reviews: Atlantic Records' HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (Original Broadway Cast Recording) is PerfectBWW CD Reviews: Atlantic Records' HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (Original Broadway Cast Recording) is Perfect
July 15, 2014

With glowing reviews from all the major outlets in New York City, a slew of Tony Nominations, and wins for Best Revival of a Musical, Best Lead Actor in a Musical, and Best Featured Actress in a Musical, I expected HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (Original Broadway Cast Album) to be spectacular. And, it truly is.
BWW CD Reviews: Ghostlight Records' LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST (Original Cast Recording) is Addictive and CleverBWW CD Reviews: Ghostlight Records' LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST (Original Cast Recording) is Addictive and Clever
July 11, 2014

Last summer, The Public Theater, Michael Friedman, and Alex Timbers reunited to gift New York City with a free production of LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Like their BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON, the team used brilliant and inspired anachronisms to make the Shakespearean comedy relevant for modern audiences. They also did it as a musical. Now Ghostlight Records has released the audaciously quirky LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST (Original Cast Recording) for us all to enjoy.
BWW CD Reviews: Nonesuch's HERE LIES LOVE (Original Cast Recording) is Bubbly, Pop-Laden FunBWW CD Reviews: Nonesuch's HERE LIES LOVE (Original Cast Recording) is Bubbly, Pop-Laden Fun
July 8, 2014

Imelda Marcos is a ripe public figure for having a biographic musical written about her. Personally, I always expected a musical about her life would have that grand and epic cinematic sound of Andrew Lloyd Webber's EVITA. However, I couldn't be more pleased with David Byrne and Fatboy Slim's rich pop score for HERE LIES LOVE.
BWW CD Reviews: Broadway Records' AHRENS & FLAHERTY: NICE FIGHTING YOU (A 30th Anniversary Celebration Live at 54 BELOW) is Festive and FunBWW CD Reviews: Broadway Records' AHRENS & FLAHERTY: NICE FIGHTING YOU (A 30th Anniversary Celebration Live at 54 BELOW) is Festive and Fun
July 6, 2014

Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty have had an extensive career, composing music for the stage and screen over the last thirty years. As a team, they captured us with their enchanting work on Anastasia. On Broadway, people clamored for RAGTIME and SEUSSICAL. Now fans of Ahrens & Flaherty have a beautifully produced retrospective of their work so far with Broadway Records' release of the fascinating NICE FIGHTING YOU.
BWW CD Reviews: Yellow Sound Label's HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL (World Premiere Cast Recording) Has Some DamageBWW CD Reviews: Yellow Sound Label's HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL (World Premiere Cast Recording) Has Some Damage
July 3, 2014

Daniel Waters' quirky and deliciously dark 1989 film Heathers is a beloved cult classic known for catchy one-liners and its wonderfully subversive humor. Naturally, HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL garnered a lot of interest because of the film's reputation. However, once the World Premiere Cast Album was released, we all got a peek inside the peculiar musical. Sadly, the glimpses offered on the disc are largely disappointing and entirely underwhelming.
BWW CD Reviews: Masterworks Broadway's IF/THEN: A NEW MUSICAL (Original Broadway Cast Recording) is Stirring but Falls ShortBWW CD Reviews: Masterworks Broadway's IF/THEN: A NEW MUSICAL (Original Broadway Cast Recording) is Stirring but Falls Short
June 28, 2014

Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey collaborated together for a second Broadway musical, IF/THEN. After making a splash with NEXT TO NORMAL, anticipation for IF/THEN was high. Once stars like Idina Menzel, Anthony Rapp, and LaChanze were attached, theatergoers saw a hit beginning to blossom. The reviews of its opening night on Broadway were mixed, and listening to the Original Broadway Cast Album illuminates why.
BWW CD Reviews: Jay Records' HIMSELF AND NORA (Original Off-Broadway Cast) is CaptivatingBWW CD Reviews: Jay Records' HIMSELF AND NORA (Original Off-Broadway Cast) is Captivating
June 24, 2014

Based on the rocky romance shared by quintessential Irish wordsmith James Joyce and his muse, chambermaid Nora Barnacle, HIMSELF AND NORA enjoyed a successful run as part of NYMTF at the Theatre at St. Clement's in the summer of 2012. With a sparse cast of five, tautly constructed economical harmonies, and a small five member band, Jay Records' release of HIMSELF AND NORA (Original Off-Broadway Cast) excellently captures the heart and soul of this biographic musical.
BWW CD Review: San Francisco Symphony's WEST SIDE STORY is a TriumphBWW CD Review: San Francisco Symphony's WEST SIDE STORY is a Triumph
June 23, 2014

When it comes to contemporary classics in American musical theatre, just the sheer mention of Leonard Bernstein's WEST SIDE STORY is enough to get any fan of the medium listening. His clever orchestrations, drive and ambition, and unique construction made the show a hallmark of the genre that is still adored and studied today.
BWW CD Reviews: A Second Take on GENTLEMAN'S GUIDEBWW CD Reviews: A Second Take on GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE
June 22, 2014

Back in April, I had the pleasure of reviewing A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER (Original Broadway Cast Recording). My initial thoughts were that the recording was witty and intriguing, but without the context of the show I couldn't really connect with it. Conversely, I got to see a recent performance of the Tony Award winning comedic musical. Upon revisiting the album, I can't shake most of the deliciously clever songs.
BWW Interviews: Donald C. Shorter Talks GENDEROSITYBWW Interviews: Donald C. Shorter Talks GENDEROSITY
June 14, 2014

Have you ever wondered what it takes to transform? Are you curious what it is like when one becomes a drag queen? Are you curious about gender? If you answered yes or no to any of these questions, Donald C. Shorter's original one-man show GENDEROSITY is sure to entertain and enlighten you. Recently, I chatted with Shorter about his invigorating and fresh project and what audiences can expect from it.
BWW Reviews: TUTS Underground's Sterling HANDS ON A HARDBODY is a Winning Texas TreatBWW Reviews: TUTS Underground's Sterling HANDS ON A HARDBODY is a Winning Texas Treat
June 14, 2014

An often over-looked subject in the musical genre is the hardworking, semi-rural blue-collar working class American, but that is exactly the focus of HANDS ON A HARDBODY. The Texas-centric musical, based on the 1997 documentary of the same title, is enjoying a phenomenal Texas Premiere.
BWW Interview: Jacob Tischler and Justin Petersen Talk GRINDR: THE MUSICALBWW Interview: Jacob Tischler and Justin Petersen Talk GRINDR: THE MUSICAL
June 12, 2014

When it comes to social dating apps, Grindr is one of the most ubiquitous. While not the first, it definitely shook up the world of digital dating, and has earned several different reputations for itself. Naturally, it is ripe for being the basis of a musical. This summer, audiences will no longer have to imagine what one would be like because GRINDR: THE MUSICAL is set to premiere at the 2014 West Village Musical Theatre Festival. Recently, I chatted with music, book, and lyrics writer Jacob Tischler and social media co-head Justin Petersen about their exciting, upcoming project.
BWW CD Reviews: BULLETS OVER BROADWAY: THE MUSICAL (Original Broadway Cast Recording) is Toe-Tapping, Jazzy FunBWW CD Reviews: BULLETS OVER BROADWAY: THE MUSICAL (Original Broadway Cast Recording) is Toe-Tapping, Jazzy Fun
June 12, 2014

Fabulously entertaining fans eight times a week, BULLETS OVER BROADWAY: THE MUSICAL, based on the 1994 Woody Allen film of the same name, racked up six Tony Nominations this year. The musical comedy also recently released its Original Broadway Cast Recording, featuring a score of music from the 1920s adapted by Glen Kelly, with orchestrations by Doug Besterman. If you're like me, you haven't seen the show yet, and this enthralling album will leave you longing to see the splashy spectacle, smiling, and singing along with glee.
BWW CD Reviews: Masterworks Broadway's ANDROCLES AND THE LION (Original Television Cast Recording) is Ebullient and Glee InducingBWW CD Reviews: Masterworks Broadway's ANDROCLES AND THE LION (Original Television Cast Recording) is Ebullient and Glee Inducing
June 11, 2014

I had never heard of the television musical ANDROCLES AND THE LION until Masterworks Broadway announced they'd be releasing the cast recording. NBC originally aired the broadcast on November 16, 1967, and it was met with mixed reviews. Shortly thereafter, the show vanished. Now, with Masterworks Broadway recent release, this entirely forgotten gem is seeing the light of day again.
BWW CD Reviews: Nick Ziobro's A LOT OT LIVIN' TO DO - A Charming Mix of StandardsBWW CD Reviews: Nick Ziobro's A LOT OT LIVIN' TO DO - A Charming Mix of Standards
June 11, 2014

In the vein of Michael Buble, Nick Ziobro recently released his pop/jazz album A LOT OF LIVIN' TO DO. Produced by Michael Feinstein, this collection features a charming mix of Broadway, Jazz, and Pop favorites all arranged by Tedd Firth to showcase Ziobro's attractive vocal instrument. As a cohesive jazz album, Ziobro's A LOT OF LIVIN' TO DO is the perfect companion for a romantic date night or a relaxing, quiet night at home with your favorite spirits.
BWW Reviews: Bayou City Theatrics' BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL is Amusing FunBWW Reviews: Bayou City Theatrics' BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL is Amusing Fun
June 9, 2014

After being gone for far too long Bayou City Theatrics returned to the Houston Theater Scene with a lovely new venue and a fun production of the Off-Broadway musical comedy BAT BOY. Still renovating their new space, the performance I attended was rough around the edges. However, it is clear that Colton Berry, Jane Volke, and team are back and ready to take the Houston theatre scene by storm.
BWW CD Reviews: Jay Records' Complete ONE TOUCH OF VENUS is a Sterling Recording of a Forgotten FavoriteBWW CD Reviews: Jay Records' Complete ONE TOUCH OF VENUS is a Sterling Recording of a Forgotten Favorite
June 9, 2014

Jay Records, with the support of The Kurt Weill Foundation, digitally released the first complete recording of composer Kurt Weill and lyricist Ogden Nash's score to the 1943 musical ONE TOUCH OF VENUS on October 7, 2013, and the sterling recording had its physical CD release on May 13, 2014. Originally announced over ten years ago, fans eagerly anticipated the album for years. Luckily for us listeners, the recording was well worth the wait.
BWW Reviews: Houston Ballet's SWAN LAKE is BeautifulBWW Reviews: Houston Ballet's SWAN LAKE is Beautiful
June 9, 2014

Houston Ballet is closing their 2013-2014 season with a gorgeous revival of Stanton Welch's SWAN LAKE. Settling in for the lengthy production, I could barely contain my excitement. Impressed as I was by the show, I discovered that Darren Aronosky's Black Swan left me with expectations for the ballet that were not delivered.
BWW Tonys Special: Ultimate Guide to This Season's Cast RecordingsBWW Tonys Special: Ultimate Guide to This Season's Cast Recordings
June 6, 2014

It's that time of year, and I can't help but wonder if your CD collection and iPod are Tonys ready. This Broadway season has some really interesting contenders in the musical categories, and to get you ready for the big night, I'm recapping the albums you should be listening to (or at the very least pre-ordering).


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