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.


Photo by Greg Salvatori.


 


 




MOST POPULAR ARTICLES
LAST 30 DAYS

BWW CD Review: Deborah Cox's I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU is Enthusiastic and LaudableBWW CD Review: ...ALWAYS LOVE YOU is Enthusiastic & Laudable
Posted: Apr. 10, 2017


BWW CD Review: Constantine Maroulis' ALL ABOUT YOU is CatchyBWW CD Review: Constantine Maroulis' ALL ABOUT YOU is Catchy
Posted: Mar. 31, 2017


BWW CD Review: COME FROM AWAY (Original Broadway Cast Recording) is Resplendent and UpliftingBWW CD Review: COME FROM AWAY is Resplendent & Uplifting
Posted: Apr. 11, 2017


BWW CD Review: Levi Kreis's BROADWAY AT THE KEYS is StunningBWW CD Review: Levi Kreis's BROADWAY AT THE KEYS is Stunning
Posted: Mar. 28, 2017


BWW CD Review: A BRONX TALE (Original Broadway Cast Recording) is Entertaining, But Not UnforgettableBWW CD Review: A BRONX TALE (OBCR) is Entertaining, But Not Unforgettable
Posted: Mar. 29, 2017


BWW CD Review: Karen Mason's IT'S ABOUT TIME is Vibrant and HeartfeltBWW CD Review: Karen Mason's IT'S ABOUT TIME is Vibrant and Heartfelt
Posted: Mar. 27, 2017


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW CD Review: AMERICAN PSYCHO (Original London Cast Recording) Brings Driving Synth-Pop to Musical TheaterBWW CD Review: AMERICAN PSYCHO Brings Driving Synth-Pop to Musical
Posted: May. 10, 2016


BWW Review: FALSETTOS (2016 Broadway Cast Recording) is Brilliant and BeautifulBWW Review: FALSETTOS (2016 Broadway Cast Album) is Brilliant and Beautiful
Posted: Dec. 16, 2016


BWW Tonys Special: Ultimate Guide to This Season's Cast RecordingsBWW Tonys Special: Ultimate Guide to This Season's Cast Recordings
Posted: Jun. 11, 2016


BWW Interview: Migguel Anggelo Talks SO CLOSE: LOVE & HATEBWW Interview: Migguel Anggelo Talks SO CLOSE: LOVE & HATE
April 25, 2017

Migguel Anggelo, the Brooklyn based, Venezuelan born singer-songwriter and all around artist, is coming back to Joe's Pub with SO CLOSE: LOVE & HATE. It's been a while since we've seen him on stage, so we caught up with the gifted and energetic performer to get the inside scoop on the brand new show.

BWW CD Review: Tyce's HERO Rocks With Precision, Lacks EmotionBWW CD Review: Tyce's HERO Rocks With Precision, Lacks Emotion
April 12, 2017

For HERO, Tyce's rocker persona is front and center as he sings the best of Jim Steinman. Across the dual disc album, he uses an edgy bravado when singing the songs, skrelts when the music calls for it, but doesn't fully commit to the gritty emotions of these beloved rock hits.

BWW CD Review: COME FROM AWAY (Original Broadway Cast Recording) is Resplendent and UpliftingBWW CD Review: COME FROM AWAY (Original Broadway Cast Recording) is Resplendent and Uplifting
April 11, 2017

COME FROM AWAY is the celebrated new musical with lyrics and music by Irene Sankokff and David Hein. COME FROM AWAY (Original Broadway Cast Recording) captures the resplendent, raw emotions of the Broadway production. Just be warned: the uplifting story of human kindness and charity packs an emotional wallop on the album, so you'll probably want to listen to it with tissues in hand.

BWW CD Review: Deborah Cox's I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU is Enthusiastic and LaudableBWW CD Review: Deborah Cox's I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU is Enthusiastic and Laudable
April 10, 2017

Deborah Cox stepped back into Houston's footsteps when she was cast as Rachel Marron in the US national tour of THE BODYGUARD - THE MUSICAL. Cox has recently released I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU, an eight track EP of her singing songs featured in the musical.

BWW CD Review: Constantine Maroulis' ALL ABOUT YOU is CatchyBWW CD Review: Constantine Maroulis' ALL ABOUT YOU is Catchy
March 31, 2017

Broadway's rockstar and Two-time Tony Award Nominee, Constantine Maroulis, is back with "All About You." The new single dropped on iTunes and Spotify this morning, and is a collaboration with hitmaker Sam Hollander (Fitz and the Tantrums, Train, Daughtry, Weezer). The catchy, new track from Maroulis is a heartfelt ballad about being completely caught up on and still in love with someone who got away.

BWW #TBT CD Review: THE BODYGUARD  THE MUSICAL (World Premiere Cast Recording) May Become Your New Guilty Pleasure
March 30, 2017

To call THE BODYGAURD - THE MUSICAL good would be kind. But, being completely honest, the theatrical confection is simply high-octane fun. The show's book is as flimsy and full of cheese as anyone could expect. Where the show excels is its score. So, it's no surprise that First Night Records/R.E.D.'s release of THE BODYGUARD - THE MUSICAL (World Premiere Cast Recording) is a treasure trove of excellently sung covers of iconic pop hits.

BWW CD Review: A BRONX TALE (Original Broadway Cast Recording) is Entertaining, But Not UnforgettableBWW CD Review: A BRONX TALE (Original Broadway Cast Recording) is Entertaining, But Not Unforgettable
March 29, 2017

Ghostlight Records' recent release of A BRONX TALE (Original Broadway Cast Recording) perfectly captures the spirit of the Broadway show. The record sounds reminiscent of JERSEY BOYS with music and lyrics that pulsate with a heart that reminds listeners of HAIRSPRAY. The up-tempo tracks, enthusiastic performances, and pop and funk sounds of the 60s flood the album. This ensures audiences will be tapping their toes to the infectious beats, even if the songs don't stick to their ribs after the CD ends.

BWW CD Review: Levi Kreis's BROADWAY AT THE KEYS is StunningBWW CD Review: Levi Kreis's BROADWAY AT THE KEYS is Stunning
March 28, 2017

Consummate musician and Tony Award winner Levi Kreis has returned with a stunning new album that celebrates musical theater with BROADWAY AT THE KEYS. His signature gospel and blues inspired vocal stylings reverberate with joy and sincere heart across the album, allowing him to expose the emotional depth of each song with his sparkling arrangements.

BWW CD Review: Karen Mason's IT'S ABOUT TIME is Vibrant and HeartfeltBWW CD Review: Karen Mason's IT'S ABOUT TIME is Vibrant and Heartfelt
March 27, 2017

Broadway veteran and twelve-time MAC Award winner, Karen Mason released IT'S ABOUT TIME, earlier this month. The lovely, yet understated, record perfectly captures the vibrancy of Mason's instrument. Despite being recorded in a studio, IT'S ABOUT TIME captures the magic of live cabaret performance and offers it as something listeners can experience anywhere in the world.

BWW Interview: Billy Mitchell Talks VILLAIN: DEBLANKSBWW Interview: Billy Mitchell Talks VILLAIN: DEBLANKS
March 22, 2017

Billy Mitchell's hilarious VILLAIN: DEBLANKS makes a triumphant New York City return tonight at Feinstein's/54 Below. Tonight'ssold out showfeaturesKathleen Turner,Morena Baccarin,Lesli Margherita,Michael Potts,Maulik Pancholy, andMicah Stock andwill benefit New York Civil Liberties Union.

BWW Review: PRETTY FILTHY (Original Cast Recording) is Humorous and HeartfeltBWW Review: PRETTY FILTHY (Original Cast Recording) is Humorous and Heartfelt
February 20, 2017

The hilarious, sexy, and surprisingly touching musical PRETTY FILTHY made a splash Off-Broadway in early 2015. Ghostlight Records' PRETTY FILTHY (Original Cast Recording) perfectly captures the humor of the show. Michael Friedman's often blunt but always-relatable lyrics are uncompromised on the recording. The cast's voices shine across the 13-track album.

VIDEO: Morgan Reynolds Drops Campy and Catchy 'Twirl Queen' on YouTubeVIDEO: Morgan Reynolds Drops Campy and Catchy 'Twirl Queen' on YouTube
December 19, 2016

Today, Morgan Reynolds (who recently charmed audiences as the Scarecrow in the 2nd National Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's THE WIZARD OF OZ) turns 30! As a birthday present from him to the world, he has released a music video for his latest single 'Twirl Queen,' a campy and catchy holiday pop song that is sure to bring a smile to your face.

BWW Review: FALSETTOS (2016 Broadway Cast Recording) is Brilliant and BeautifulBWW Review: FALSETTOS (2016 Broadway Cast Recording) is Brilliant and Beautiful
December 16, 2016

Surprise! Ghostlight Records just pulled a Beyonce. They dropped the digital edition of FALSETTOS (2016 Broadway Cast Recording) shortly after the stroke of midnight on December 16, 2016. To be fair, they did announce that the cast would be recording the score on October 26, 2016, but no hard date for release was previously set. Now, fans in the United States can purchase the lush score through iTunes (the digital version will be available internationally on December 23, 2016) while they wait for the physical version of the dual disc album to be released on January 27, 2017.

BWW Review: BUYER & CELLAR with Nick Cearley Charms and DelightsBWW Review: BUYER & CELLAR with Nick Cearley Charms and Delights
November 21, 2016

Playing Alex with aplomb, Nick Cearley instantly buries himself deep in the hearts of the audience. With a charming smile and glittering personality, he gently wraps the audience around his finger before the opening statements about the story being entirely fictional come to an end.

BWW Interview: Ian Campayno Talks TRIP OF LOVE and BROADWAY BARESBWW Interview: Ian Campayno Talks TRIP OF LOVE and BROADWAY BARES
June 23, 2016

Last Sunday, BROADWAY BARES: ON DEMAND raised $1.48 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Musical theater dancer and actor Ian Campayno personally raised over $3,000 as a member of the cast for this years show. Just before this years BROADWAY BARES show, I sat down with Ian Campayno to talk about his current show, TRIP OF LOVE and BROADWAY BARES.

BWW Interview: Michael McCormick Talks HIMSELF AND NORABWW Interview: Michael McCormick Talks HIMSELF AND NORA
June 22, 2016

In July 2012, HIMSELF AND NORA premiered at the New York Musical Theater Festival. In 2014, Jay Records released HIMSELF AND NORA (Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording). Following the steamy romance between James Joyce and his muse, Nora, the musical has returned to New York in a lush Off-Broadway production at the Minetta Lane Theatre. Recently, I sat down with Michael McCormick, who plays John Joyce, Ezra Pound, and others, to chat about the show.

BWW Tonys Special: Ultimate Guide to This Season's Cast RecordingsBWW Tonys Special: Ultimate Guide to This Season's Cast Recordings
June 11, 2016

It's that time of year, and I can't help but wonder if your CD collection and iPod are Tonys ready. It's just a handful of hours until the 70th annual Tony Awards, and New York City and theatre fans across the world are excitedly buzzing about this year's ceremonies which will be broadcast live on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at 8/7c on CBS. This Broadway season has some exciting contenders in the musical categories, and to get you ready for the big night, I'm recapping the albums you should be listening to (or at least pre-ordering).

BWW CD Review: AMERICAN PSYCHO (Original London Cast Recording) Brings Driving Synth-Pop to Musical TheaterBWW CD Review: AMERICAN PSYCHO (Original London Cast Recording) Brings Driving Synth-Pop to Musical Theater
May 10, 2016

The synth-laden opening strains of Concord Music Group's AMERICAN PSYCHO (Original London Cast Recording) are appropriately dark and sterile. In crafting the score for the musical adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' novel by the same title, Duncan Sheik has created a Broadway score that purposefully reminds listeners of synth-pop music by the likes of Giorgio Moroder while mixing in updated technologies to ensure that the score is as crisp and pulsating as any track on Daft Punk's RANDOM ACCESS MEMORIES. The end result is an album filled with addictive looping and backbeats that masterfully mixes throwback modalities with modern technology to create an unexpectedly electronic musical score.

BWW Interview: Benjamin Eakeley Talks BROADWAY SWINGER, SHE LOVES ME, and CareerBWW Interview: Benjamin Eakeley Talks BROADWAY SWINGER, SHE LOVES ME, and Career
April 29, 2016

This past January, Broadway performer Benjamin Eakeley charmed audiences at Feinstein's/54 Below with Broadway Swinger. In anticipation of the encore performance, BroadwayWorld chatted with Eakeley about his solo cabaret show; SHE LOVES ME, his current Broadway gig; and his 1960s musical heavy career.

BWW Review: Ragtag Theatre Company's THE COMMEDIA CINDERELLA Mixes Lessons with LaughsBWW Review: Ragtag Theatre Company's THE COMMEDIA CINDERELLA Mixes Lessons with Laughs
April 28, 2016

Helmed by Sam LaFrage, the Ragtag Theatre Company is back. Following their rip-roaring THE COMMEDIA RAPUNZEL, the talented troupe is tickling ribs with their latest concoction: THE COMMEDIA CINDERELLA. Billed as LGBTQ theatre designed for the entire family, this show puts a refreshing and much appreciated new spin on the timeless fairytale, finding a way to speak to the individual heart of every member of the audience.



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