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 Reviews: MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL is Glittery, Glamorous BrillanceBWW Reviews: MIGHTY REAL is Glittery, Glamorous Brillance
Posted: Sep. 15, 2014


Voting Opens for the First Annual BWW Album Awards!Voting Opens for the First Annual BWW Album Awards!
Posted: Sep. 4, 2014


BWW CD Reviews: Masterworks Broadway's ON THE TOWN (Original London Cast Recording) is a Helluva RecordingCD Review: ON THE TOWN is a Helluva Recording
Posted: Sep. 16, 2014


BWW CD Reviews: The Shapiro Sisters' LIVE OUT LOUD: Live at 54 BELOW is Cheerful and EbullientCD Review: LIVE OUT LOUD is Cheerful and Ebullient
Posted: Sep. 10, 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 DVD Reviews: Tyler Perry's MADEA'S NEIGHBORS FROM HELL Easily EntertainsDVD Review: MADEA'S NEIGHBORS FROM HELL Easily Entertains
Posted: Apr. 30, 2014


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


BWW CD Reviews: Lakeshore Records' STAGE FRIGHT (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Is What It IsBWW CD Reviews: Lakeshore Records' STAGE FRIGHT (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Is What It Is
September 23, 2014

Fall is upon us. As the air grows crisper, stories of gory murderous rampage grab our attention. Whether you love it, hate it, or haven't seen it, Jerome Sable's STAGE FRIGHT has Halloween 2014 written all over it. Recently, the physical album of the film's original motion picture soundtrack was released, scratching the itches of musical horror fanatics' lust for theatrical bloodshed.
BWW Reviews: Mary Lambert Makes People Feel in Live ConcertBWW Reviews: Mary Lambert Makes People Feel in Live Concert
September 22, 2014

Like most people, I first discovered Mary Lambert because of the chorus hook that she wrote and sang for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis single "Same Love." Since then, Mary Lambert has gone on to release two digital EPs and a handful of singles, growing her stardom and garnering success. Now the 25-year-old poet and singer-songwriter is promoting her upcoming full length album, HEART ON MY SLEEVE. Seeing her perform live, I have no doubt that her career will be long and full of milestone accomplishments and successes.
BWW Interviews: Lena Hall Talks Tony Award, HEDWIG, and The DeafeningBWW Interviews: Lena Hall Talks Tony Award, HEDWIG, and The Deafening
September 19, 2014

Exciting. Electric. Exhilarating. Rocking. Phenomenal. All of these words have been used to describe HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH on Broadway. And, one of Broadway's hottest talents is helping to ensure that these adjectives are justified. The incomparably charming and charismatic Tony Award Winner Lena Hall, co-starring as Yitzhak, recently talked to me about her Tony win, HEDWIG, and her band, The Deafening.
BWW CD Reviews: Masterworks Broadway's ON THE TOWN (Original London Cast Recording) is a Helluva RecordingBWW CD Reviews: Masterworks Broadway's ON THE TOWN (Original London Cast Recording) is a Helluva Recording
September 16, 2014

ON THE TOWN is poised to have the best year ever. A big budget Broadway revival is set to begin previews on September 20, and Masterworks Broadway has just released the remastered ON THE TOWN (Original London Cast Recording). With zesty spunk, lively pizzazz, and indefatigable energy, this recording is sure to have you hoofing for days on end.
BWW Reviews: MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL is Glittery, Glamorous BrillanceBWW Reviews: MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL is Glittery, Glamorous Brillance
September 15, 2014

"The Queen of Disco" is back, honey! And, he is serving up something fierce and mighty real at the Theatre At St. Clement's. Anthony Wayne is channeling the disco legend and fabulously entertaining a wide range of audiences in MIGHTY REAL: A FABULOUS SYLVESTER MUSICAL. MIGHTY REAL is what the biographical jukebox musical should be.
BWW Interviews: Filippo Sugar and Renee Fleming Talk LA DOLCE VITA: THE MUSIC OF ITALIAN CINEMABWW Interviews: Filippo Sugar and Renee Fleming Talk LA DOLCE VITA: THE MUSIC OF ITALIAN CINEMA
September 12, 2014

NY Philharmonic is kicking off their 2014-15 season with LA DOLCE VITA: THE MUSIC OF ITALIAN CINEMA. Celebrating the music of Italian cinema, the concert will feature famous music pulled from Filippo Sugar's library of soundtracks. With so many exciting elements coming together to make LA DOLCE VITA one of NYC's hottest tickets in September, I spoke with Filippo Sugar and Rene Fleming about the concerts and what audiences can expect.
BWW Interviews: Paul Leschen and Fred Sauter Talk BEDBUGS!!!BWW Interviews: Paul Leschen and Fred Sauter Talk BEDBUGS!!!
September 11, 2014

BEDBUGS!!! tells the story of Carly, an exterminator, determined to avenge the bedbug related death of her mother. In the process of concocting a bedbug pesticide, Carly accidentally morphs New York City's bedbugs into blood-sucking, heavy metal rock gods. Recently, BEDBUGS!!! creators, Paul Leschen and Fred Sauter, sat down with me to give me all the juicy details about the new Off-Broadway production.
BWW CD Reviews: The Shapiro Sisters' LIVE OUT LOUD: Live at 54 BELOW is Cheerful and EbullientBWW CD Reviews: The Shapiro Sisters' LIVE OUT LOUD: Live at 54 BELOW is Cheerful and Ebullient
September 10, 2014

On August 28, 2014, the Shapiro Sisters took the 54 BELOW stage for the fourth time and sang many tunes from the album and a few surprises as well, entertaining the audience with their brand of cuteness, charisma, and poised talent. Their debut release from Broadway Records was recorded across their first three appearances at the intimate venue and expertly captures their vibrant charm.
BWW Reviews: CLICKBAIT's Concept Trumps ProductionBWW Reviews: CLICKBAIT's Concept Trumps Production
September 9, 2014

Following a successful January run at Hunter Theatre Company David M. deLeon and Esther Ko's CLICKBAIT is currently running Off-Off-Broadway. The topical dramedy tells the story of a college-aged girl who is mistakenly identified as a suicide victim. Her collegiate peers set their social media feeds ablaze with their feelings about her death, reconstructing her story to fit their own latent emotional needs.
Voting Opens for the First Annual BWW Album Awards!Voting Opens for the First Annual BWW Album Awards!
September 4, 2014

At BroadwayWorld, we have combed through our CD collections, sang along to some fantastic showtunes, and maybe even danced a little in our offices. Using the eligibility window of release dates between September 1, 2013 and August 31, 2014, we have complied nomination lists that feature the best of the best in cast albums, compilations, live albums, remastered rereleases, solo recordings, and more for the 2013-2104 season. Now, we need you to let your voice be heard. That's right, we want you to vote for your favorite in each of the Editor-Generated Award Categories. CLICK HERE TO VOTE NOW
BWW CD Reviews: Original Cast Records' NOL COWARD OFF THE RECORD Is a Gem for Scholars and Nol Coward FansBWW CD Reviews: Original Cast Records' NOËL COWARD OFF THE RECORD Is a Gem for Scholars and Noël Coward Fans
September 2, 2014

Noel Coward left an inedible mark on the world of theatre with his hit plays, musicals, operettas, and revues. His expansive work is studied and revered by scholars, many of whom can trace elements of modern theatrical experiences back to his brand of "wit, satire, and sentiment." Sharing this brand, Original Cast Records' release of Steve Ross' NOL COWARD OFF THE RECORD takes listeners on a journey through Coward's lesser-known repertoire.
BWW CD Reviews: Stage Door Records' SWAN ESTHER (Original Concept Album) Doesn't Take FlightBWW CD Reviews: Stage Door Records' SWAN ESTHER (Original Concept Album) Doesn't Take Flight
August 27, 2014

In October of 1980, Nick Munns sent a tape of five songs to London theatre agent David Land. With Nick Munns music, David Land dreamed of replicating the success of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT. SWAN ESTHER, not the hit that JOSEPH was, has enjoyed varying success. Now, Stage Door Records has re-released SWAN ESTHER's original concept album with studio rehearsal demos written for the reworked UK tour of the production entitled SWAN ESTHER AND THE KING.
BWW CD Reviews: Jay Records' THE LAST SESSION (Original London Cast Recording)BWW CD Reviews: Jay Records' THE LAST SESSION (Original London Cast Recording)
August 26, 2014

THE LAST SESSION first opened in 1997 at the 47th Street Theatre. Sitting in one of those audiences was Rob Harris, who was so moved by the show that he made a vow to produce it himself one day. His dream become a reality in 2012, when he produced THE LAST SESSION in London. Now, fans of the musical and those who have never heard of it before can revel in the magic that moved Rob Harris in 1997.
BWW CD Reviews: Original Cast Records' LOST BROADWAY AND MORE: VOLUME 5 Celebrates Comden, Green, and StyneBWW CD Reviews: Original Cast Records' LOST BROADWAY AND MORE: VOLUME 5 Celebrates Comden, Green, and Styne
August 25, 2014

Betty Comden, Adolph Green, and Jule Styne are all theater artists that still grab our attention. With Styne, Comden and Green created PETER PAN, BELLS ARE RINGING, DO RE MI, and others. Original Cast Records released LOST BROADWAY AND MORE: VOLUME 5, which is dedicated to the work of Comden, Green, and Styne, giving long time fans and newcomers a collection of the trio's best songs.
BWW Reviews: For a Good Time Call The SkivviesBWW Reviews: For a Good Time Call The Skivvies
August 24, 2014

Unless you've been living under a rock, chances are you have heard of the New York based cabaret act The Skivvies. Made up of Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley, this energetic duo has a loyal fan following and a reputation for being absurdly fun. I got to check out one of their concerts, and I'm afraid that my words will never actually fully communicate the sheer amount of fun and joy I experienced at their show.
BWW CD Reviews: Leslie Odom Jr.'s LESLIE ODOM JR. Gives All the HeartBWW CD Reviews: Leslie Odom Jr.'s LESLIE ODOM JR. Gives All the Heart
August 22, 2014

Leslie Odom Jr. took a risk to progress his career with a solo album. He turned to Kickstarter and received copious donations from his loyal fans. Funded with almost $11,000 more than his original goal, Leslie Odom Jr., who had caught our attention on SMASH, entered the studio. Now, fans and newcomers alike can revel in the glory of his decadently jazzy debut solo album, and after just one listen, I'm sure that you'll be hooked.
BWW Reviews: dell'Arte Opera Ensemble's MACBETH is Atmospheric and IntimateBWW Reviews: dell'Arte Opera Ensemble's MACBETH is Atmospheric and Intimate
August 21, 2014

As an art form, it seems that opera is having a hard time finding its footing with the current generation of young professionals. Increasingly, opera companies are scaling back as their current subscribers have no one to pass their torches on to. Despite this, dell'Arte Opera Ensemble is continuing their ambitious and altogether intimate 2014 summer season with a beautifully performed production of Giuseppe Verdi's MACBETH.
BWW CD Reviews: Masterworks Broadway's ROSLYN KIND: GIVE ME YOU/THIS IS ROSLYN KIND is a Pop Time CapsuleBWW CD Reviews: Masterworks Broadway's ROSLYN KIND: GIVE ME YOU/THIS IS ROSLYN KIND is a Pop Time Capsule
August 19, 2014

Imagine yourself in a 1960's egg chair. It's a lazy evening in 1969, and the airy pop styling of Roslyn Kind's vocals gently caress your ear drums. Now, with Masterworks Broadway's release of ROSLYN KIND: GIVE ME YOU/THIS IS ROSLYN KIND, a remastered re-release of two albums, you can find yourself transported back to this bygone era again.
BWW CD Reviews: UMe's ROCKY BROADWAY (Original Broadway Cast Recording) Fights from the HeartBWW CD Reviews: UMe's ROCKY BROADWAY (Original Broadway Cast Recording) Fights from the Heart
August 15, 2014

While the Broadway production of ROCKY is going down for the final count on Sunday, August 17, the show and its bombastic score are continuing to delight audiences on a nightly basis in New York City. Whether you've seen the show or not, UMe's release of ROCKY BROADWAY (Original Broadway Cast Recording) is sure to pump you up and entertain you.
BWW Reviews: COMING: A ROCK MUSICAL OF BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS is Irreverent FunBWW Reviews: COMING: A ROCK MUSICAL OF BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS is Irreverent Fun
August 13, 2014

When it comes to the annual Fringe Festival in New York City, everyone gets excited. Why? It's simple. New works! Erik Ransom's COMING: A ROCK MUSICAL OF BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS enjoyed a 2011 premiere and is now having its own second coming at Fringe. With humor that ranges from tongue-in-cheek camp to witty panache, this irreverent rock musical is sure to make your Rock of Gibraltar roll.


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