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.

 

 




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BWW Review: NBC's JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LIVE IN CONCERT is Invigorating, Imaginative & Wonderfully InspiringBWW Review: NBC's JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LIVE IN CONCERT
Posted: Apr. 2, 2018


BWW Interview: Dorcas Leung Talks the Power of HAMILTONBWW Interview: Dorcas Leung Talks the Power of HAMILTON
Posted: Apr. 16, 2018


BWW Album Review: ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER UNMASKED: THE PLATINUM COLLECTION Packs Gems Within Its DensityAlbum Review: UNMASKED Packs Gems Within Its Density
Posted: Mar. 30, 2018


BWW Album Review: CALENDAR GIRLS (Original London Recording) is Just NiceAlbum Review: CALENDAR GIRLS (OLR) is Just Nice
Posted: Apr. 20, 2018


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Album Review: NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 (Original Broadway Cast Recording) is Multifaceted and RivetingBWW CD Review: THE GREAT COMET is Multifaceted & Riveting
Posted: May. 19, 2017


BWW Interview: Alison Luff Talks ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE's Pre-Broadway Tour Stop in HoustonBWW Interview: Alison Luff Talks ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE
Posted: Oct. 20, 2017


BWW Album Review: HELLO, DOLLY! (The New Broadway Cast Recording) is Wonderfully Vibrant and CheerfulBWW CD Review: HELLO, DOLLY! is Vibrant and Cheerful
Posted: May. 12, 2017


BWW Review: NBC's JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LIVE IN CONCERT is Invigorating, Imaginative & Wonderfully InspiringBWW Review: NBC's JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LIVE IN CONCERT
Posted: Apr. 2, 2018


BWW Album Review: CALENDAR GIRLS (Original London Recording) is Just NiceBWW Album Review: CALENDAR GIRLS (Original London Recording) is Just Nice
April 20, 2018

Recently released CALENDAR GIRLS (Original London Recording)cis just perfectly nice. Based on the charming and quaint 2003 film by the same title written by Tim Firth, the musical itself garnered warm notices from London media. So, it is no surprise that the music and this cast was recorded for preservation; however, the two-disc album doesn't convince listeners that this musical is better than the original film as some British theater writers claim.

BWW Interview: Dorcas Leung Talks the Power of HAMILTONBWW Interview: Dorcas Leung Talks the Power of HAMILTON
April 16, 2018

Dorcas Leung, currently touring the nation with HAMILTON as the standby for Angelica Schuyler, Eliza Hamilton, Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds, is an Asian immigrant whogrew up in Houston and went to elementary, middle, and high schoolinSpring Branch ISD. Making a triumphant return to the city that helped raise her in a one of the most popular musicals to ever grace the stages of the world, BroadwayWorld chatted with her about the true power of the show.

BWW Album Review: Lena Hall's OBSESSED: THE CRANBERRIES is Sumptuously EtherealBWW Album Review: Lena Hall's OBSESSED: THE CRANBERRIES is Sumptuously Ethereal
April 6, 2018

The January 15 news that Dolores O'Riordan, lead singer of The Cranberries, had passed was nothing short of devastating for many. With hearts broken all over the world, it's hard to know when releasing a tribute to The Cranberries would be appropriate. With OBSESSED: THE CRANBERRIES, Lena Hall proves that that time is now, and listening to the EP, I'm sure O'Riordan is simultaneously proud of Hall while jamming out to these incredible covers.

BWW Review: NBC's JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LIVE IN CONCERT is Invigorating, Imaginative & Wonderfully InspiringBWW Review: NBC's JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LIVE IN CONCERT is Invigorating, Imaginative & Wonderfully Inspiring
April 2, 2018

After sitting out the 2017 holiday season, anticipation for NBC's return to the live musical game ran high. The choice to present Andrew Lloyd Webber's rock opera JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR on Easter Sunday seemed obvious. Then, they packed the cast with stalwart veterans of the Billboard Top 40 charts and Broadway stage, which added fuel to the pyre of excitement. Luckily, as millions of people tuned in on Sunday night, viewers were treated to the best televised musical since this medium was revived in 2013.

BWW Album Review: ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER UNMASKED: THE PLATINUM COLLECTION Packs Gems Within Its DensityBWW Album Review: ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER UNMASKED: THE PLATINUM COLLECTION Packs Gems Within Its Density
March 30, 2018

For many, musical theater and Andrew Lloyd Webber are synonymous. Whether you love him or hate him, there is no denying that his music has been influential within and outside of the world of musical theater. To celebrate the prolific composer's 70th birthday, UMe / Polydor has released ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER UNMASKED: THE PLATINUM COLLECTION, a sprawling and somewhat bloated 4-disc collection of music personally curated and overseen by Lloyd Webber himself.

BWW Interview: Maestro Atsushi Yamada Talks Philharmonia Orchestra of New York's LA TRAVIATA With 3D HologramsBWW Interview: Maestro Atsushi Yamada Talks Philharmonia Orchestra of New York's LA TRAVIATA With 3D Holograms
March 19, 2018

This week in New York City,Philharmonia Orchestra of New York (PONY) is premiering LA TRAVIATA with 3D holographic projections for the sets. On March 20 and 21, 2018 audiences at the Rose Theater will be treated to the show'sclassic and beloved arias set against awe-inspiring backdrops like Niagara Falls. To get the inside scoop on this first-of-its-kind presentation we chatted with PONYMaestro Atsushi Yamada.

BWW Album Review: Lena Hall's OBSESSED: ELTON JOHN Pulsates with Pure ElectricityBWW Album Review: Lena Hall's OBSESSED: ELTON JOHN Pulsates with Pure Electricity
March 2, 2018

The pulsating energy of Elton John has long been one of the things that has turned listeners into rabid fans of him and his music for decades. This is not lost on Lena Hall, who matches him kilowatt for kilowatt in her exuberant OBSESSED: ELTON JOHN, which is this month's release in her in ongoing series of EPs for calendar year 2018.

BWW Interview: Amy-Mae Dolan Talks RIVERDANCE's 20th Anniversary TourBWW Interview: Amy-Mae Dolan Talks RIVERDANCE's 20th Anniversary Tour
February 23, 2018

Riverdance, the internationally acclaimed dance phenomenon returns to Houston with,RIVERDANCE- THE20THANNIVERSARYWORLDTOUR from March 9 to 11. To get the inside scoop on the long-running fan favorite, we sat down withLead Dancer Any-Mae Dolan??????? and chatted about the show.

BWW Interview: Jamie Morton Talks MY DAD WROTE A PORNO LiveBWW Interview: Jamie Morton Talks MY DAD WROTE A PORNO Live
February 23, 2018

Jamie Morton, co-creator of the popular podcast MY DAD WROTE A PORNO, is taking Rocky Flintstone's scintillating and rib tickling erotica novels on a world tour. Morton and his friends/co-creators, James Cooper and Alice Levine, are spreading the love all around North America at stops that include San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, and New York City. Recently, we sat down with Morton to get the inside scoop on these live shows.

BWW Album Review: ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES ME (Original Cast Recording) is Full of AdventureBWW Album Review: ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES ME (Original Cast Recording) is Full of Adventure
February 21, 2018

The inventive musical adventure ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES ME tells the story of a single mom who is struggling to balance her familial obligations and her work as a video game composer. One sleepless night, she posts a dating video and gets a response from famed 20th century polar explorer Ernest Shackleton. What follows is an odyssey of virtuosic electro-violin performance from Val Vigoda and Wade McCollum's charismatic and lush vocals.

BWW Interview: Jessie Cannizzaro Talks Filming PUFFS, the Play Itself, and Being a Harry Potter NerdBWW Interview: Jessie Cannizzaro Talks Filming PUFFS, the Play Itself, and Being a Harry Potter Nerd
February 3, 2018

We all know about the boy who lived, but you probably don't know about his Hufflepuff classmates. Well, never fear. Off-Broadway's hit comedy PUFFS is here to better acquaint with this group of earnest castoffs who are always just outside of the spotlight. To get the inside scoop on the side-splitting play and its Kickstarter backed filming on February 3 and 4, we chatted with actress Jessie Cannizzaro.

BWW Album Review: Lena Hall's OBSESSED: PETER GABRIEL Revels in the Gravely Grandeur of Her VocalsBWW Album Review: Lena Hall's OBSESSED: PETER GABRIEL Revels in the Gravely Grandeur of Her Vocals
February 2, 2018

Today, Lena Hall released her second of 12 EPs in her Obsessed series, OBSESSED: PETER GABRIEL. The four-song collection is an immensely satisfying tribute to Peter Gabriel while allowing listeners to revel in gravely grandeur of Hall's delicious rock vocals.

BWW Album Review: Stearns Matthews' DECEMBER SONGS Shimmers with VibrancyBWW Album Review: Stearns Matthews' DECEMBER SONGS Shimmers with Vibrancy
February 1, 2018

Stearns Matthews, a Bistro and Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC) Award-winning vocalist, recently released DECEMBER SONGS. This album is the first male recording of Maury Yeston's 1991 song cycle, which is inspired by Franz Schubert's beloved Winterreise song cycle. With this album, Matthews' shimmering and spirited tenor instrument better connects Yeston's cycle to his inspiration while allowing listeners to get lost in these snow-covered tunes.

BWW Album Review: Scott Alan's LIFELINE is Spirited and Musically DiverseBWW Album Review: Scott Alan's LIFELINE is Spirited and Musically Diverse
January 26, 2018

When an artist moves away from the cultural capital that is New York City, it goes against every belief we have in that place to acknowledge and accept that the ability to create powerful art can exist outside of that esteemed sanctuary. However, Scott Alan's LIFELINE is alive with spirited lyrics, lush melodies, poignant messages, and heartwarming romance despite being conceived, written, and recorded far from the city that never sleeps.

BWW Interview: Rob Colletti Talks SCHOOL OF ROCKBWW Interview: Rob Colletti Talks SCHOOL OF ROCK
January 25, 2018

SCHOOL OF ROCK is a hilarious new musical that has taken London, Broadway, and now the US by storm. The tour stars Rob Colletti as Dewey Finn, a substitute teacher with ambitions of being a rock star. Finn helps the kids he teaches tap into their ids and expands their confidence, transforming the high-performing young academics into a bona fide rock band! To get the inside scoop on the show as the tour pulls into Houston, we chatted with Colletti.

BWW Album Review: Lena Hall's OBSESSED: HEDWIG Delivers Powerful, Raw VocalsBWW Album Review: Lena Hall's OBSESSED: HEDWIG Delivers Powerful, Raw Vocals
January 11, 2018

Lena Hall, Broadway's reigning queen of rock, is poised to dominate 2018. And, to be honest, we couldn't be more excited. On Friday, January 5, 2018, she released the first of 12 monthly EPs in her Obsessed series OBSESSED: HEDWIG. For those of us who didn't get to see Hall play the titular character in HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH during its recent national tour, this EP gives us a glimpse into what that experience must have been like.

BWW Interview: Michael Cerveris and Kimberly Kaye Talk Loose Cattle's SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDERBWW Interview: Michael Cerveris and Kimberly Kaye Talk Loose Cattle's SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER
December 13, 2017

Loose Cattle, fronted by two-time Tony award winner Michael Cerveris and Kimberly Kaye, have released a holiday album that explores the real feels of the holidays. Shoving Burl Ives and Irving Berlin out of the way, Loose Cattle's SEASON AFFECTIVE DISORDER is the perfect album for anyone willing to admit that their December isn't all sparkles, snow, champagne, cheer, and mirth. We recently sat down with the duo to get the inside scoop on the music.

BWW Review: Chris Harder's PORN TO BE A STAR Offers Witty Social CommentaryBWW Review: Chris Harder's PORN TO BE A STAR Offers Witty Social Commentary
November 30, 2017

PORN TO BE A STAR, like its salacious titles suggests, offers audiences a peek behind the screen and a chance to experience the gay porn industry from an insider's perspective. However, his experiences with the porn industry are not the only things Chris Harder offers up. Throughout the evening, he exposes layers as he showcases his burlesque talents while also letting audiences see his brain and heart.

BWW Album Review: Kyle Riabko's RICHARD RODGERS REIMAGINED Sparkles with Vibrant LifeBWW Album Review: Kyle Riabko's RICHARD RODGERS REIMAGINED Sparkles with Vibrant Life
November 27, 2017

Kyle Riabko's latest album, RICHARD RODGERS REIMAGINED, was inspired by a fan letter Rodgers had written to Burt Bacharach. No doubt, Riabko became privy to this letter while working on CLOSE TO YOU: BACHARACH REIMAGINED, a show Riabko garnered international acclaim for. Now, back in the United States, Ribako deftly explores another icon of American music, creatively reinterpreting Rodgers' classics through how own energetic pop/rock aesthetic.

BWW Interview: Zane Philstrom Talks Company XIV's NUTCRACKER ROUGEBWW Interview: Zane Philstrom Talks Company XIV's NUTCRACKER ROUGE
November 22, 2017

Using Louis XIV era inspired visuals NUTCRACKER ROUGE fuses dance, theater, circus, opera, and burlesque. To get the inside scoop on this year's effervescent and sensual spectacle, we sat down with costume designer Zane Philstrom to chat about the magical and eye-catching garments (or lack thereof) worn by the cast.



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