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David Clarke

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: Brian Gallagher's ALL THAT'S AHEAD is Smartly Captivating and EmotionalCD Review: ALL THAT'S AHEAD is Smartly Captivating and Emotional
Posted: Mar. 14, 2015


BWW CD Reviews: Legacy Recordings' THE SOUND OF MUSIC – 50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION is Truly AliveCD Review: THE SOUND OF MUSIC is Truly Alive
Posted: Mar. 10, 2015


LAST 365 DAYS

My Top 10 (Well, 15) Albums of 2014My Top 10 (Well, 15) Albums of 2014
Posted: Dec. 31, 2014


Dallas Summer Musicals' THE KING AND I Casting Causes ControversyDallas Summer Musicals' THE KING AND I Casting Causes Controversy
Posted: Jan. 25, 2015


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


BWW CD Reviews: Stage Door Records' JACK THE RIPPER (Original London Cast Album) is Odd and IntriguingBWW CD Reviews: Stage Door Records' JACK THE RIPPER (Original London Cast Album) is Odd and Intriguing
March 30, 2015

JACK THE RIPPER first premiered at London's Players' Theatre. Yet, this musical's unique original cast album would take 40 years to see the light of day. On March 30, 2015 Stage Door Records released the odd and intriguing JACK THE RIPPER (Original London Cast Album).
BWW Reviews: Well-Strung Thrills with POPSSICAL Encore at 54 BelowBWW Reviews: Well-Strung Thrills with POPSSICAL Encore at 54 Below
March 30, 2015

New York City based string quartet Well-Strung returned to 54 Below on Friday, March 27, 2015. Performing to a sold-out house, the always charming and handsome performers delighted audiences with an encore engagement of their entertaining hit show POPssical. While reprising much of what they performed the last time I reviewed them in late October, the guys' charismatic set had a handful of new surprises.
BWW Interview: Emily Skeggs Talks FUN HOME's Humor and Universal RelatabilityBWW Interview: Emily Skeggs Talks FUN HOME's Humor and Universal Relatability
March 27, 2015

The Bechdel family is moving into Broadway's Circle in the Square Theatre. To get the inside scoop on the highly-anticpated Broadway transfer from The Public Theater, BroadwayWorld chatted with Emily Skeggs, who plays Medium Alison, about the universally relatable musical.
BWW Reviews: Anika Larsen Charms at BirdlandBWW Reviews: Anika Larsen Charms at Birdland
March 25, 2015

Celebrating the release of SING YOU TO SLEEP, Anika Larsen made her solo concert debut at Birdland on Monday, March 23. Joined by her BEAUTIFUL castmates Jessie Mueller and Jarrod Spector and her XANADU castmate Kenita Miller, Larsen's set featured songs from her album and thematically appropriate solos that featured her guests' talents too. Thus, the evening was the perfect night cap to an otherwise manic Monday.
BWW CD Reviews: Steve Grand's ALL AMERICAN BOY is Earnest, Relatable CountryBWW CD Reviews: Steve Grand's ALL AMERICAN BOY is Earnest, Relatable Country
March 23, 2015

Following the success of his debut single 'All American Boy,' Steve Grand began working on his debut album of the same title. Raising over $325,000, his album is currently the third most funded project in Kickstarter's history. Tomorrow, March 25, 20115, the stellar game-changing country album ALL AMERICAN BOY will be available for purchase.
BWW Reviews: Ben Vereen's STEPPIN' OUT at 54 Below Entertains with EaseBWW Reviews: Ben Vereen's STEPPIN' OUT at 54 Below Entertains with Ease
March 18, 2015

Simply hearing the name Ben Vereen uttered invokes the magic and allure of Broadway. From originating key roles in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR and PIPPIN, Vereen has called the stages of Broadway home for years. Therefore, it is no surprise that he commands an audience with charm and pizzazz, easily entertaining a full house at 54 Below with his new cabaret show STEPPIN' OUT.
BWW Reviews: Tony Yazbeck's THE FLOOR ABOVE ME at 54 Below is SpellbindingBWW Reviews: Tony Yazbeck's THE FLOOR ABOVE ME at 54 Below is Spellbinding
March 17, 2015

Tony Yazbeck returned to 54 Below with The Floor Above Me, his tap filled cabaret show. Co-written and Co-directed by Yazbeck and Howard Emanuel, it explores the charismatic performers love for dance, his road to Broadway, and his career. Yazbeck unleashes his larger-than-life charm and talent, gifting audiences with a spellbinding performance.
BWW CD Reviews: Brian Gallagher's ALL THAT'S AHEAD is Smartly Captivating and EmotionalBWW CD Reviews: Brian Gallagher's ALL THAT'S AHEAD is Smartly Captivating and Emotional
March 14, 2015

Broadway veteran Brian Gallagher is a bona fide singer/songwriter. His debut album ALL THAT'S AHEAD, featuring a healthy handful of appearances from his wife Megan Hilty, is informed by the emotional sincerity and unembellished structure of the blues tradition and the genuine strength of singer/songwriters. ALL THAT'S AHEAD offers the best of the blues and singer/songwriter genres with a footprint that is uniquely his own.
BWW Reviews: RAP GUIDE TO RELIGION Smartly Blends TED Talk with PerformanceBWW Reviews: RAP GUIDE TO RELIGION Smartly Blends TED Talk with Performance
March 14, 2015

SoHo Playhouse is known for presenting NYC with some of the finest hysterical yet thought-provoking material that modern theatre has to offer. Enter Baba Brinkman's RAP GUIDE TO RELIGION, a comical 90-minute one act that explores the Darwinian and psychological imperative and power the construct of religion has for the continued evolution of the human species.
BWW CD Reviews: Legacy Recordings' THE SOUND OF MUSIC  50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION is Truly AliveBWW CD Reviews: Legacy Recordings' THE SOUND OF MUSIC 50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION is Truly Alive
March 10, 2015

The hills are still alive with THE SOUND OF MUSIC. With THE SOUND OF MUSIC - 50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION fans of the film will have every sung moment and more orchestral cues all on one disc, making this re-release of the cherished score one worth climbing every mountain and fording every stream for.
BWW Reviews: Playhouse Creatures Theatre Company's Hysterical New York City Debut of HUNTER GATHERERS is Outrageous EntertainmentBWW Reviews: Playhouse Creatures Theatre Company's Hysterical New York City Debut of HUNTER GATHERERS is Outrageous Entertainment
March 9, 2015

Forget the freshly slaughtered lamb that Richard is preparing. Playwright Peter Sinn Nachtrieb's HUNTER GATHERERS is an all-you-can-eat buffet of betrayal, sexual awkwardness, blood, red wine, lust-filled passions, and a blurring of the lines between civilization and primal instincts. The hysterical play is getting its long overdue New York City premiere. Playhouse Creatures Theatre Company keeps the laughs coming with their riotous production of the amusing play.
BWW Reviews: Emily Padgett and Erin Davie Sing with Heart and Humor at 54 BelowBWW Reviews: Emily Padgett and Erin Davie Sing with Heart and Humor at 54 Below
March 6, 2015

Making their 54 Below debuts together, Emily Padgett and Erin Davie crafted a cabaret show that was filled with humor and heart. Singing duets and solo numbers, the lovely ladies who played Violet and Daisy Hilton in this season's Broadway revival of Side Show at the St. James Theatre skillfully entertained the dinner time crowd and left us looking forward to the next time they tread the boards on the Great White Way.
BWW CD Reviews: Rachel Potter's NOT SO BLACK AND WHITE Vivacious and HeartfeltBWW CD Reviews: Rachel Potter's NOT SO BLACK AND WHITE Vivacious and Heartfelt
March 3, 2015

Despite growing up in Texas, I more or less hated country music for most of my life. If only more of it had sounded like Rachel Potter's first full length album NOT SO BLACK AND WHITE. If it had, I may have been a fan of the genre earlier. Mixing in sensibilities of pop and rock, Rachel Potter's brand of country is fresh and bold. Most refreshing of all is that her take on country is uniquely hers. There is no artifice or facade; there's just great music.
BWW Reviews: ALTAR BOYZ 10th Anniversary Reunion Concert is Soul Lifting FunBWW Reviews: ALTAR BOYZ 10th Anniversary Reunion Concert is Soul Lifting Fun
March 2, 2015

ALTAR BOYZ opened Off-Broadway at Stage 4 of Dodger Stages on March 1, 2005. The award-winning, hit musical comedy closed after 2,032 regular performances on January 10, 2010. For two very special performances at 54 Below on March 1, 2015, actors who played the now iconic fictional Christian boy band took to the stage to celebrate the show's 10th anniversary with pizzazz, wit, and a whole lot of harmonizing.
BWW Exclusive: A Sneak Peek at LIBERTY: A MONUMENTAL NEW MUSICAL in the Recording StudioBWW Exclusive: A Sneak Peek at LIBERTY: A MONUMENTAL NEW MUSICAL in the Recording Studio
March 2, 2015

Following its successful Off-Broadway run at New York City's Theatre 80 in the Fall of 2014, LIBERTY: A MONUMENTAL NEW MUSICAL kicked off a crowdfunding campaign via Indiegogo for their cast recording. Early in 2015 the cast of LIBERTY and its writers went into the studio at John Kilgore Sound & Recording to make a cast album. BroadwayWorld was invited in for a sneak peek and to hear some of the recording as it happened.
BWW Reviews: Jessica Vosk Thrills 54 Below in Debut NYC Solo Show I CAME FROM JERSEY FOR THISBWW Reviews: Jessica Vosk Thrills 54 Below in Debut NYC Solo Show I CAME FROM JERSEY FOR THIS
March 1, 2015

Playing her debut NYC solo show I Came From Jersey For This to a sold out house at 54 Below, Jessica Vosk took the intimate venue by storm. Dazzling audiences with her talent, energy, sincerity, and humor, she put up a perfectly crafted cabaret tribute to her journey from singing with her dad in the living room of their New Jersey home to landing roles on Broadway.
BWW Reviews: Amy Lynn & The Gunshow Tear the Roof Off 54 BelowBWW Reviews: Amy Lynn & The Gunshow Tear the Roof Off 54 Below
February 27, 2015

The funk soul of Motown is being modernized and reshaped by big name acts like Bruno Mars and Fitz and The Tantrums; however, no one is doing it quite like Amy Lynn & The Gunshow. Strip away the frills of a large record label, throw in a ton of sass, mix with wit and charisma, and garnish with an explosive horn section. That is the recipe for Amy Lynn & The Gunshow's style, and it leaves a whole lotta shakin' goin' on!
BWW Reviews: Paulo Szot's Bossa Nova is Too Heavy at 54 BELOWBWW Reviews: Paulo Szot's Bossa Nova is Too Heavy at 54 BELOW
February 26, 2015

Celebrating the centennial of Frank Sinatra, Paulo Szot returns to 54 BELOW with a brand new show inspired by Antonio Carlos Jobim, the founding father of bossa nova. Unfortunately, the end product is not the enchanted evening we'd expect from the Tony Award winner.
BWW CD Reviews: Stage Door Records' ANTHONY NEWLEY SINGS 'THE GOOD OLD BAD OLD DAYS!' is InterestingBWW CD Reviews: Stage Door Records' ANTHONY NEWLEY SINGS 'THE GOOD OLD BAD OLD DAYS!' is Interesting
February 25, 2015

For me, Anthony Newley is Matthew Mugg. It wouldn't be until 2015 that I discovered that Anthony Newley is responsible for some of my favorite music, and that he wrote a ton of material with Leslie Bricusse. This piqued my curiosity in Stage Door Records' release of ANTHONY NEWLEY SINGS " THE GOOD OLD BAD OLD DAYS!," which is an altogether fun and somewhat important album for historical reasons.
BWW Reviews: Broadway Records' SIDE SHOW (Original 2014 Broadway Cast Recording) Will Be Stuck With YouBWW Reviews: Broadway Records' SIDE SHOW (Original 2014 Broadway Cast Recording) Will Be Stuck With You
February 24, 2015

With the tagline "It Will Never Leave You," the much anticipated Broadway revival of SIDE SHOW closed at the St. James Theatre faster than most expected it to. Spanning 26 tracks and totaling 1 hour and 19 minutes worth of music, SIDE SHOW (Original 2014 Broadway Cast Recording) is an album that is sure to be stuck with you!


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