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: 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


BWW CD Reviews: LES MISERABLES LIVE! DREAM THE DREAM (The 2010 Cast Album) Showcases Exciting New OrchestrationsCD Reviews: LES MIZ LIVE! Showcases Exciting New Orchestrations
Posted: Mar. 19, 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


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.
BWW Interviews: Patti Rabaza Talks World Premiere of HUSBAND FIXIN 101BWW Interviews: Patti Rabaza Talks World Premiere of HUSBAND FIXIN 101
April 1, 2014

Starting tomorrow night, Theater LaB Houston is presenting the World Premiere production of HUSBAND FIXIN 101. Julia Kay Laskowski and Patti Rabaza have collaborated on the musical comedy, gifting audiences with a new Country Gravy and Other Obsessions adventure. In anticipation of opening night, I spoke with Patti Rabaza about the upcoming World Premiere.
BWW Reviews: Opera in the Height's LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR is Evocative and AtmosphericBWW Reviews: Opera in the Height's LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR is Evocative and Atmospheric
March 31, 2014

Gaetano Donizetti was a tremendous influence on the operas of Giuseppe Verdi and laid the foundation for the popularity of Italian opera in the latter half of the nineteenth century. At Opera in the Heights, their rousing production of the tragic opera fully exposes audiences to why this opera has had such staying power and was popular enough to be performed almost once a season at New York City's Metropolitan Opera from 1903 until 1972.
BWW Reviews: Playhouse 1960's BOEING BOEING Bounces with EnergyBWW Reviews: Playhouse 1960's BOEING BOEING Bounces with Energy
March 30, 2014

When BOEING BOEING first landed on Broadway in 1965, it only ran for 23 performances. However, in 2008 the French Comedy, penned by Marc Camoletti and translated by Beverley Cross and Francis Evans, was revised and re-opened on Broadway. This version fared much better, garnering positive reviews. Playhouse 1960 is producing the reworked script and showing audiences why this play is a favorite of audiences and theatre companies alike.
BWW Reviews: Main Street Theater's TIME STANDS STILL is Interesting, but Needs Clear FocusBWW Reviews: Main Street Theater's TIME STANDS STILL is Interesting, but Needs Clear Focus
March 28, 2014

Donald Margulies has a lot to say about modern life in his 2009 drama TIME STANDS STILL. The multifaceted piece pins a savvy photojournalist against desires to start a family and leaves her questioning the true impact of her work. Likewise, the skillful acting that occurs on the stage at Main Street Theater - Rice Village leaves the audience with plenty to think and talk about on the car ride home.
BWW Reviews: Theater LaB Houston's SIXTY MILES TO SILVER LAKE is a Master Class in Compelling ActingBWW Reviews: Theater LaB Houston's SIXTY MILES TO SILVER LAKE is a Master Class in Compelling Acting
March 27, 2014

Dan LeFranc is the winner of the 2010 New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award. The Regional Premiere of his SIXTY MILES TO SILVER LAKE, produced by Theater LaB, easily illustrates why he won such a prestigious award. It initially seems like a microcosm presentation of the affects of an ugly divorce on a modern American family; however, it becomes clear that SIXTY MILES TO SILVER LAKE is truly a macrocosm of modern American struggles.


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