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: dell'Arte Opera Ensemble's THE FAIRY QUEEN is Whimsical and MirthfulBWW Reviews: THE FAIRY QUEEN is Whimsical and Mirtful
Posted: Aug. 10, 2014


BWW CD Reviews: Rhino Records' JERSEY BOYS (Music From the Motion Picture and Broadway Musical) - A Tuneful Collection of FavoritesCD Review: JERSEY BOYS - A Tuneful Collection of Favorites
Posted: Jul. 26, 2014


BWW Reviews: Courtney Act's BOYS LIKE ME Exudes Heart and SuggestionCourtney Act's BOYS LIKE ME Exudes Heart and Suggestion
Posted: Jul. 31, 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 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 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.
BWW Interviews: Gabe Bowling Talks MY BIG GAY ITALIAN WEDDING and CareerBWW Interviews: Gabe Bowling Talks MY BIG GAY ITALIAN WEDDING and Career
August 12, 2014

Nestled snugly in the St. Luke's Theatre on West 46th Street is the funny and entertaining MY BIG GAY ITALIAN WEDDING, which has recently welcomed new cast member Gabe Bowling. Last week, I met with Gabe Bowling at Betti Bar at Hourglass Tavern to chat about the show and his career.
BWW Reviews: dell'Arte Opera Ensemble's THE FAIRY QUEEN is Whimsical and MirthfulBWW Reviews: dell'Arte Opera Ensemble's THE FAIRY QUEEN is Whimsical and Mirthful
August 10, 2014

In New York City, summer and Shakespeare go hand in hand. For their 2014 Season the dell'Arte Opera Ensemble is producing 'A Summer of Shakespeare,' and they kicked off this season with a fully staged production of Henry Purcell's THE FAIRY QUEEN. While giving the show a modern twist, dell'Arte Opera Ensemble followed traditional convention and has set the piece into an abridged version of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM. The end product is a light-hearted yet ambitious production that enchants.
BWW CD Reviews: Ghostlight Records' A SECOND CHANCE (Original Cast Recording) Jazzes Life's HardshipsBWW CD Reviews: Ghostlight Records' A SECOND CHANCE (Original Cast Recording) Jazzes Life's Hardships
August 7, 2014

I've come to embrace the idea that a life well lived is filled with its fair share of second chances and new beginnings. For Ted Shen's A SECOND CHANCE audiences were introduced to Dan and Jenna, both are living in crisis. A SECOND CHANCE opened to mixed reviews at the Public Theater, and now Ghostlight Records has released the schmaltzy jazz musical's original cast recording, which is worth listening to.
Announcing the First Annual BWW Album Awards; Nominations Open to Pick the Best in 2013-14's Cast Recordings, Solo Releases, Re-releases & More!Announcing the First Annual BWW Album Awards; Nominations Open to Pick the Best in 2013-14's Cast Recordings, Solo Releases, Re-releases & More!
August 4, 2014

BWW CD Reviews: Masterworks Broadway's ED AMES ON BROADWAY is Simply NostalgiaBWW CD Reviews: Masterworks Broadway's ED AMES ON BROADWAY is Simply Nostalgia
August 1, 2014

As the saying goes, "what's old is new again," and it seems that we cannot get enough of the 1960s these days. Recently, Masterworks Broadway ushered us back to the glory days of the American Camelot with their release of ED AMES ON BROADWAY, which is a one-disc album featuring Ed Ames' 1963 album OPENING NIGHT and 1966 album I CANNOT WISH YOU in their entirety.
BWW Reviews: Courtney Act's BOYS LIKE ME Exudes Heart and SuggestionBWW Reviews: Courtney Act's BOYS LIKE ME Exudes Heart and Suggestion
July 31, 2014

Before Courtney Act was an absolute sensation on LOGO's RuPaul's Drag Race's sixth season, she was shaking things up in her native Australia. With decadent vocal talent, mesmerizing stage presence, charisma, charm, and looks for days, Courtney Act is touring her torrid, one-woman tell-all BOYS LIKE ME, which packs as much heart as it does ribald suggestion.
BWW CD Reviews: Broadway Records' WHERE THE SKY ENDS: THE MUSIC OF MICHAEL MOTT Awakens DreamersBWW CD Reviews: Broadway Records' WHERE THE SKY ENDS: THE MUSIC OF MICHAEL MOTT Awakens Dreamers
July 30, 2014

To be utterly candid, I had never heard of Michael Mott until the review copy of Broadway Records WHERE THE SKY ENDS: THE SONGS OF MICHAEL MOTT landed in my mailbox. I read over the press release, glanced over the track listing, and placed the album into my stereo. The tuneful melodies that breezed out of the speakers instantly enchanted me, and the seasoned musical theatre vocals that accompanied them left me in awe.
BWW CD Reviews: Jinkx Monsoon's THE INEVITABLE ALBUM is IrresistibleBWW CD Reviews: Jinkx Monsoon's THE INEVITABLE ALBUM is Irresistible
July 29, 2014

Inspired by Bette Midler's THE DIVINE MISS M, the torch song albums of Marlene Dietrich and Peggy Lee, and a handful of contemporary female performers like Amanda Palmer, Regina Spektor, and Lady Rizo, Jinkx Monsoon's THE INEVITABLE ALBUM is a triumphant celebration of Jinkx Monsoon's gratifying personality and the delectable cabaret-inspired flavors that make this sensational performer tick.
BWW Reviews: NYMF's ZOMBIE STRIPPERS Needs Reworking Before ReanimationBWW Reviews: NYMF's ZOMBIE STRIPPERS Needs Reworking Before Reanimation
July 28, 2014

The annual New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) is a fertile ground for quirky, offbeat musicals, giving invaluable exposure to new projects. When I first heard that ZOMBIE STRIPPERS would be performing at NYMF this year, I couldn't help but get excited. The title alone offers enough titillating connotations to tantalize the brain, filling it with voluminous curiosity as to how a creative team makes a musical about strippers who happen to also be zombies. Unfortunately, the current end product leaves something to be desired.
BWW Single Review: Saycon Sengbloh's 'Everything' Keeps Your Summer HotBWW Single Review: Saycon Sengbloh's 'Everything' Keeps Your Summer Hot
July 28, 2014

Broadway veteran Saycon Sengbloh isn't letting the early closing of HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME get her down. Ever since she caught the attention of theatergoers in AIDA and WICKED, her fans have followed her career with rapt attention. Like many of her peers, she has also been sharing her vocal talents with the pop music industry. Her latest single, "Everything," dropped earlier this week, and is a catchy dance hit that is sure to heat up your summer.
BWW CD Reviews: Rhino Records' JERSEY BOYS (Music From the Motion Picture and Broadway Musical) - A Tuneful Collection of FavoritesBWW CD Reviews: Rhino Records' JERSEY BOYS (Music From the Motion Picture and Broadway Musical) - A Tuneful Collection of Favorites
July 26, 2014

JERSEY BOYS is one of Broadway's hottest properties. Why? Well, who doesn't love the music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons? In 2005, this rags to riches story took Broadway by storm. Almost a decade later, the Clint Eastwood directed film adaptation was released. As a companion to the film Rhino Records released JERSEY BOYS (Music From the Motion Picture and Broadway Musical).
BWW CD Reviews: DRG Record's FORBIDDEN BROADWAY: COMES OUT SWINGING (2014 Un-Original Cast Album) Packs Some Delightful PunchesBWW CD Reviews: DRG Record's FORBIDDEN BROADWAY: COMES OUT SWINGING (2014 Un-Original Cast Album) Packs Some Delightful Punches
July 22, 2014

In May 2014, FORBIDDEN BROADWAY: COMES OUT SWINGING opened to rave reviews at the Davenport Street Theatre. Audiences laughed until their sides ached at the latest incarnation through its sparkling closing performance on Sunday, June 20, 2014. Now, to fill the void until the next edition opens, DRG Records is proudly releasing the hysterical FORBIDDEN BROADWAY: COMES OUT SWINGING (2014 Un-Original Cast Album).
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.


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