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: Billy Porter's BILLY'S BACK ON BROADWAY is Smooth and RelaxingCD Review: BILLY'S BACK ON BROADWAY is Smooth and Relaxing
Posted: Apr. 15, 2014


BWW CD Reviews: Ghostlight Records' TENNESSEE WILLIAMS: WORDS AND MUSIC is Viscerally SultryCD Review: TENNESSEE WILLIAMS is Sultry
Posted: Apr. 9, 2014


BWW CD Reviews: Ghostlight Records' A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER (Original Broadway Cast Recording) Piques InterestCD Review: GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE... Piques Interest
Posted: Apr. 4, 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


BWW CD Reviews: GHOST BROTHERS OF DARKLAND COUNTY is Intensely EvocativeCD Review: GHOST BROTHERS is Evocative
Posted: Jul. 18, 2013


BWW Interview: Alfie Boe Talks TRUST, MR. SELFRIDGE, and CareerBWW Interview: Alfie Boe Talks TRUST, MR. SELFRIDGE, and Career
April 24, 2014

Alfie Boe, who is internationally recognized for his tenor voice, first gained recognition in the US when he starred in Baz Luhrmann's LA BOHME. In 2010, he took on the role of Jean Valjean for the 25th Anniversary Concert of LES MISERABLES. Now, he is gearing up for the US release of his latest album, TRUST, and his appearance on Mr. Selfridge. Recently, I chatted with Alfie Boe about these projects and his career.
BWW CD Reviews: Masterworks Broadway's KISS ME, KATE/BRIGADOON (Original Television Cast Recording) is Irresistibly CharmingBWW CD Reviews: Masterworks Broadway's KISS ME, KATE/BRIGADOON (Original Television Cast Recording) is Irresistibly Charming
April 21, 2014

Earlier this year, they invited audiences to travel down memory lane with the charming release of two television soundtracks featuring Robert Goulet, KISS ME, KATE (1968) and BRIGADOON (1966). With this special release, these delightful but rare albums are now getting a chance to be heard and appreciated by a new and wider audience.
BWW Reviews: Theater LaB Houston & Obsidian Art Space's COCK is Fascinating and PoignantBWW Reviews: Theater LaB Houston & Obsidian Art Space's COCK is Fascinating and Poignant
April 20, 2014

With a suggestive title and a fascinating premise, Mike Bartlett's COCK is making a stir in Houston. Produced by Theater LaB Houston at Obsidian Art Space, the 90-minute one-act play that took London by storm in 2009 and received glowing reviews in New York City in 2012, lives up to its in-town and out-of-town hype. Be warned though, this show is for adults only, and patrons under the age of 18 will not be admitted.
BWW Reviews: TUTS Underground's MURDER BALLAD is Exhilarating and SensualBWW Reviews: TUTS Underground's MURDER BALLAD is Exhilarating and Sensual
April 19, 2014

The World Premiere production of MURDER BALLAD at MTC's The Studio at Stage II took New York by storm in 2012. In 2013 it transferred to the Union Square Theatre and played 17 previews and 70 regular performances before closing on July 21. Now, TUTS Underground is producing the National Regional Premiere of the exhilarating, crowd-pleasing musical, and this sultry tale of love, passion, and murder is simply too good to miss.
BWW Reviews: Black Lab Theatre's REALLY REALLY is Intense and PhenomenalBWW Reviews: Black Lab Theatre's REALLY REALLY is Intense and Phenomenal
April 18, 2014

Playwright Paul Downs Colaizzo made a name for himself during New York City's 2012-13 season when the MCC presented his play REALLY REALLY. When it premiered in 2012 at The Signature Theatre, it garnered a ton of buzz, selling out the entire run. In New York, the run was extended twice and also sold out the entire run. Now, Black Lab Theatre is producing an exhilaratingly intense production of the play for Houston audiences to enjoy.
Clear Springs High School Sweeps While Nyles Washington and Emily Lewis Grab Top Honors at 2014 TOMMY TUNE AWARDS - All the Winners!Clear Springs High School Sweeps While Nyles Washington and Emily Lewis Grab Top Honors at 2014 TOMMY TUNE AWARDS - All the Winners!
April 17, 2014

Last night, Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) celebrated the talents and achievements of local children with the 12th annual Tommy Tune Awards. Pulling up to the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, all I could see was hundreds of well-dressed and excited young adults. Their enthusiasm and nervous energy filled the air. The anticipation for the TONY's-inspired awards show was incredibly high, and everyone wanted to know who would win.
BWW CD Reviews: Billy Porter's BILLY'S BACK ON BROADWAY is Smooth and RelaxingBWW CD Reviews: Billy Porter's BILLY'S BACK ON BROADWAY is Smooth and Relaxing
April 15, 2014

Despite an extensive and impressive career, Billy Porter recently became a household name when he won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. The incandescent star released a solo album of Broadway standards, titled BILLY'S BACK ON BROADWAY. He applies a big band swing, jazz, and contemporary R&B soundscape to these hit songs, giving listeners a unique perspective on these songs.
BWW Reviews: Classical Theatre Company's THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST is a Witty, High-Gloss ProductionBWW Reviews: Classical Theatre Company's THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST is a Witty, High-Gloss Production
April 15, 2014

Since its World Premiere performance on February 14, 1895, Oscar Wilde's THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST has been an enduring favorite of audiences. Critics recognized the play for its wit and popularity with audiences. In 2014, those same attributes hold up well. Currently, Houston's Classical Theatre Company is producing THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST and earning many hearty laughs with their take on the classic.
BWW Reviews: Houston Grand Opera's DAS RHEINGOLD is Full-Throttle SpectacleBWW Reviews: Houston Grand Opera's DAS RHEINGOLD is Full-Throttle Spectacle
April 15, 2014

Houston Grand Opera, which opened a lavish production of DAS RHEINGOLD this past weekend, is proudly kicking off their first Ring Cycle by Richard Wagner. Like any modern production of Wagner's Ring Cycle, Houston Grand Opera is sparing no expense. At Sunday's matinee, the audience leapt to their feet for curtain call and clamored excitedly about this show and what's still to come in the cycle.
Photo Flash: First Look at TUTS Underground's Steamy MURDER BALLADPhoto Flash: First Look at TUTS Underground's Steamy MURDER BALLAD
April 14, 2014

This past Sunday, I got to crash a technical rehearsal of TUTS Underground's steamy production of MURDER BALLAD. In its Houston Premiere, the hit musical features Steel Burkhardt (as Tom), Pat McRoberts (as Michael), Lauren Molina (as Sara) and Kristin Warren (as the Narrator).
BWW Reviews: MJR Theatricals | Music Box Musicals' I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE is Mirthful Musical CandyBWW Reviews: MJR Theatricals | Music Box Musicals' I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE is Mirthful Musical Candy
April 14, 2014

When it comes to gleeful theatrical candy, it doesn't get much better than Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts' I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE. This audience favorite holds the title of the second-longest running Off-Broadway musical. The current production by MJR Theatricals | Music Box Musicals delivers everything audiences are looking for and more with this delightful romantic revue.
BWW Reviews: Steven Fales Powerfully Bares All in PRODIGAL DADBWW Reviews: Steven Fales Powerfully Bares All in PRODIGAL DAD
April 12, 2014

Houston has been a great city for Steven Fales to perform in. As he is gearing up to take his Mormon Boy Trilogy Off-Broadway, we are lucky enough to get to be part of his out-of-town try-out for his third installment, PRODIGAL DAD. PRODIGAL DAD is a solo show in which Fales bares himself and his soul before an audience to talk about his life experiences, empowering us with his charming Mormon smile and his inexhaustible hope and love.
BWW Reviews: Alley Theatre's COMMUNICATING DOORS is Mildly Suspenseful and Wholly InterestingBWW Reviews: Alley Theatre's COMMUNICATING DOORS is Mildly Suspenseful and Wholly Interesting
April 10, 2014

When it comes to describing Alan Ayckbourn's 1994 play COMMUNICATING DOORS, the Internet proudly boasts that the science fiction comedy exists at the crossroads of Back to the Future and Hitchcock. Does the Alley Theatre's stalwart and clever production live up to that assessment? In my opinion, not really. Nevertheless, it comes incredibly close to meeting that lofty mark.
BWW Interviews: Steven Fales Talks Houston Premiere of PRODIGAL DADBWW Interviews: Steven Fales Talks Houston Premiere of PRODIGAL DAD
April 10, 2014

Gerald LaBita, who is committed to gifting Houston with the best of Off-Broadway theatre, is bringing Steven Fales back to Houston for the third part of his Mormon Boy Trilogy, PRODIGAL DAD. Whether you've seen the other two or not, there is no reason to miss this Houston Premiere. Recently, I chatted with Steven Fales about the show and why Houston must see it.
BWW CD Reviews: Ghostlight Records' TENNESSEE WILLIAMS: WORDS AND MUSIC is Viscerally SultryBWW CD Reviews: Ghostlight Records' TENNESSEE WILLIAMS: WORDS AND MUSIC is Viscerally Sultry
April 9, 2014

When it comes to Southern playwrights, Tennessee Williams remains the quintessential example, and music is an inextricable element of both his cherished classics and lesser-known works. In a recent 90-minute concert, David Kaplan crafted a show that explores and celebrates the songbook of Tennessee Williams. Now, Ghostlight Records has released TENNESSEE WILLIAMS: WORDS AND MUSIC, a CD that preserves the atmosphere and idea of the concert and features Alison Fraser's soulful and gravely alto.
BWW Interviews: Christopher Purves talks Houston Grand Opera's DAS RHEINGOLDBWW Interviews: Christopher Purves talks Houston Grand Opera's DAS RHEINGOLD
April 8, 2014

Houston Grand Opera's first ever Ring Cycle is about to kick off with what is promised to be a spellbinding and incredibly visual production of Richard Wagner's DAS RHEINGOLD. As audiences grow all the more eager to see the show of this groundbreaking show, I chatted with Christopher Purves, who is portraying Alberich, about his career and what audiences could expect from this and highly anticipated production.
BWW Reviews: Natalie Weiss' Personality Overshadows Vocal Talent in Houston CabaretBWW Reviews: Natalie Weiss' Personality Overshadows Vocal Talent in Houston Cabaret
April 5, 2014

As a YouTube sensation, many are familiar enough with Natalie Weiss' voice and face, and the largely teenage/early 20s audience last night couldn't be more enthusiastic to see her perform live. Yet, somewhere along the way, her abrasive personality overshadowed her vocal talent.
BWW Reviews: HUSBAND FIXIN 101 EntertainsBWW Reviews: HUSBAND FIXIN 101 Entertains
April 4, 2014

Julia Kay Laskowski and Patti Rabaza are back as Mavis and Myrtle in HUSBAND FIXIN 101. My first experience with the duo of comediennes was with their holiday themed rib-tickler and I simply couldn't wait to see what they had cooked up for HUSBAND FIXIN 101. The performance earned a lot of laughs and kept us entertained, but this show simply isn't as strong as I expected.
BWW CD Reviews: Ghostlight Records' A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER (Original Broadway Cast Recording) Piques InterestBWW CD Reviews: Ghostlight Records' A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER (Original Broadway Cast Recording) Piques Interest
April 4, 2014

When Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak's musical comedy A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER opened on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre, it received rave reviews and was hailed by many as the best musical of 2013. Earlier this week, Ghostlight Records released the much-anticipated OBCR of the comical musical; however, after giving the CD a few spins, I couldn't help but feel that I was missing something.
BWW Reviews: The Ensemble Theatre's BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK is As Poignant As It Is HilariousBWW Reviews: The Ensemble Theatre's BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK is As Poignant As It Is Hilarious
April 2, 2014

Earlier this season Houston was introduced to Lynn Nottage with a production of RUINED. Now, The Ensemble Theatre is putting this playwright on everyone's must watch list with a sterling production of her 2011 play, BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK. This intellectual comedy powerfully explores the legacy of American-Americans in 1930s Hollywood and leaves audiences with plenty to think and talk about.


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