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ULM professor releases new Broadway book

Published March 26, 2015

Oxford University Press has released “Broadway Song: A Guide Singer’s Guide,” written by Dr. Mark Ross Clark, associate professor of music at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. The book is now available worldwide on Amazon.com, and features an analysis of 100 Broadway songs from traditional and contemporary styles and all voice types.

While Clark has written two other texts about singing and acting, which are resource books used in many university workshops, the Broadway book is the most “mainstream” of his books, according to Clark.


“It should be a valuable resource for students of singing and acting and their teachers,” said Clark. “It will also be an interesting read for anyone who enjoys Broadway musical performances.

The book’s foreword is written by Grammy and Tony Award winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth, and each song entry has an interview with a person who is associated with the song, including the composer or lyricist; performer; or the original director of the show’s production.

Among the composers interviewed are John Kander, Jerry Herman, Stephen Schwartz, Tom Kitt, and many others. Performers include Matthew Morrison, Jonathan Groff, Jeremy Jordan, Carolee Carmello, Katie Clarke, Elaine Paige, and many other artists contributing to the book.

Clark has taught at ULM for eight years, directing many operas and musicals on campus. He continues to present his workshops throughout the United States and in Italy each year.

The Louisiana Opera, a professional performing company, was created by Clark and colleagues in 2012, and is one of four opera companies in Louisiana.