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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LAST 30 DAYS

BWW CD Reviews: Yellow Sound Label's HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL (World Premiere Cast Recording) Has Some DamageCD Review: HEATHERS Has Some Damage
Posted: Jul. 3, 2014


BWW Reviews: NYMF's BAYONETS OF ANGST is Raucous RevelryBWW Reviews: BAYONETS OF ANGST is Raucous Revelry
Posted: Jul. 17, 2014


BWW CD Reviews: Atlantic Records' HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (Original Broadway Cast Recording) is PerfectCD Review: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (OBCR) is Perfect
Posted: Jul. 15, 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


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


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.
BWW CD Reviews: Broadway Records' AHRENS & FLAHERTY: NICE FIGHTING YOU (A 30th Anniversary Celebration Live at 54 BELOW) is Festive and FunBWW CD Reviews: Broadway Records' AHRENS & FLAHERTY: NICE FIGHTING YOU (A 30th Anniversary Celebration Live at 54 BELOW) is Festive and Fun
July 6, 2014

Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty have had an extensive career, composing music for the stage and screen over the last thirty years. As a team, they captured us with their enchanting work on Anastasia. On Broadway, people clamored for RAGTIME and SEUSSICAL. Now fans of Ahrens & Flaherty have a beautifully produced retrospective of their work so far with Broadway Records' release of the fascinating NICE FIGHTING YOU.
BWW CD Reviews: Yellow Sound Label's HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL (World Premiere Cast Recording) Has Some DamageBWW CD Reviews: Yellow Sound Label's HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL (World Premiere Cast Recording) Has Some Damage
July 3, 2014

Daniel Waters' quirky and deliciously dark 1989 film Heathers is a beloved cult classic known for catchy one-liners and its wonderfully subversive humor. Naturally, HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL garnered a lot of interest because of the film's reputation. However, once the World Premiere Cast Album was released, we all got a peek inside the peculiar musical. Sadly, the glimpses offered on the disc are largely disappointing and entirely underwhelming.
BWW CD Reviews: Masterworks Broadway's IF/THEN: A NEW MUSICAL (Original Broadway Cast Recording) is Stirring but Falls ShortBWW CD Reviews: Masterworks Broadway's IF/THEN: A NEW MUSICAL (Original Broadway Cast Recording) is Stirring but Falls Short
June 28, 2014

Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey collaborated together for a second Broadway musical, IF/THEN. After making a splash with NEXT TO NORMAL, anticipation for IF/THEN was high. Once stars like Idina Menzel, Anthony Rapp, and LaChanze were attached, theatergoers saw a hit beginning to blossom. The reviews of its opening night on Broadway were mixed, and listening to the Original Broadway Cast Album illuminates why.
BWW CD Reviews: Jay Records' HIMSELF AND NORA (Original Off-Broadway Cast) is CaptivatingBWW CD Reviews: Jay Records' HIMSELF AND NORA (Original Off-Broadway Cast) is Captivating
June 24, 2014

Based on the rocky romance shared by quintessential Irish wordsmith James Joyce and his muse, chambermaid Nora Barnacle, HIMSELF AND NORA enjoyed a successful run as part of NYMTF at the Theatre at St. Clement's in the summer of 2012. With a sparse cast of five, tautly constructed economical harmonies, and a small five member band, Jay Records' release of HIMSELF AND NORA (Original Off-Broadway Cast) excellently captures the heart and soul of this biographic musical.
BWW CD Review: San Francisco Symphony's WEST SIDE STORY is a TriumphBWW CD Review: San Francisco Symphony's WEST SIDE STORY is a Triumph
June 23, 2014

When it comes to contemporary classics in American musical theatre, just the sheer mention of Leonard Bernstein's WEST SIDE STORY is enough to get any fan of the medium listening. His clever orchestrations, drive and ambition, and unique construction made the show a hallmark of the genre that is still adored and studied today.
BWW CD Reviews: A Second Take on GENTLEMAN'S GUIDEBWW CD Reviews: A Second Take on GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE
June 22, 2014

Back in April, I had the pleasure of reviewing A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER (Original Broadway Cast Recording). My initial thoughts were that the recording was witty and intriguing, but without the context of the show I couldn't really connect with it. Conversely, I got to see a recent performance of the Tony Award winning comedic musical. Upon revisiting the album, I can't shake most of the deliciously clever songs.
BWW Interviews: Donald C. Shorter Talks GENDEROSITYBWW Interviews: Donald C. Shorter Talks GENDEROSITY
June 14, 2014

Have you ever wondered what it takes to transform? Are you curious what it is like when one becomes a drag queen? Are you curious about gender? If you answered yes or no to any of these questions, Donald C. Shorter's original one-man show GENDEROSITY is sure to entertain and enlighten you. Recently, I chatted with Shorter about his invigorating and fresh project and what audiences can expect from it.
BWW Reviews: TUTS Underground's Sterling HANDS ON A HARDBODY is a Winning Texas TreatBWW Reviews: TUTS Underground's Sterling HANDS ON A HARDBODY is a Winning Texas Treat
June 14, 2014

An often over-looked subject in the musical genre is the hardworking, semi-rural blue-collar working class American, but that is exactly the focus of HANDS ON A HARDBODY. The Texas-centric musical, based on the 1997 documentary of the same title, is enjoying a phenomenal Texas Premiere.
BWW Interview: Jacob Tischler and Justin Petersen Talk GRINDR: THE MUSICALBWW Interview: Jacob Tischler and Justin Petersen Talk GRINDR: THE MUSICAL
June 12, 2014

When it comes to social dating apps, Grindr is one of the most ubiquitous. While not the first, it definitely shook up the world of digital dating, and has earned several different reputations for itself. Naturally, it is ripe for being the basis of a musical. This summer, audiences will no longer have to imagine what one would be like because GRINDR: THE MUSICAL is set to premiere at the 2014 West Village Musical Theatre Festival. Recently, I chatted with music, book, and lyrics writer Jacob Tischler and social media co-head Justin Petersen about their exciting, upcoming project.
BWW CD Reviews: BULLETS OVER BROADWAY: THE MUSICAL (Original Broadway Cast Recording) is Toe-Tapping, Jazzy FunBWW CD Reviews: BULLETS OVER BROADWAY: THE MUSICAL (Original Broadway Cast Recording) is Toe-Tapping, Jazzy Fun
June 12, 2014

Fabulously entertaining fans eight times a week, BULLETS OVER BROADWAY: THE MUSICAL, based on the 1994 Woody Allen film of the same name, racked up six Tony Nominations this year. The musical comedy also recently released its Original Broadway Cast Recording, featuring a score of music from the 1920s adapted by Glen Kelly, with orchestrations by Doug Besterman. If you're like me, you haven't seen the show yet, and this enthralling album will leave you longing to see the splashy spectacle, smiling, and singing along with glee.


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