The independently released disc is produced by Twice As Alive Productions and Richard Carsey, her music director. Clarke said the album is an homage to the women she grew up wanting to be: Julie Andrews, Shirley Jones and Barbara Cook. Those soprano stars inspired the singer-actress to take her "own voyage of self-discovery and revelation."
"It has been an incredible journey, putting this album, and the one-woman show it is based on, together," Clarke said in album notes. "These women, my childhood idols, changed the meaning of 'ingenue' for me — and helped me to see myself and the characters I've been fortunate to play in a different light. They've helped me see beyond the traditional definition of the musical theatre ingenue. And as they moved beyond the ingenue roles in their careers and navigated life's circumstances, they've reinvented themselves. Redefining. Reinventing. Recreating. They continue to be an inspiration to me and where I am in my life right now."
The track listing for "Beyond the Ingenue" is:
"In My Own Little Corner" (from "Cinderella")
"Will He Like Me" (from She Loves Me)
"My White Knight" (the original version from The Music Man)
"In Buddy's Eyes" (from Follies)
"I Have Confidence" (from The Sound of Music)
"People Will Say We're in Love" (from Oklahoma!)
"The Ingenue Song" by Wally Harper and David Zippel
"I Could Have Danced All Night" (from My Fair Lady)
"Before I Gaze at You Again" (from Camelot)
"Crazy World" (from Victor/Victoria)
BONUS TRACK: "All I Ask of You" (from The Phantom of the Opera)
"Beyond the Ingenue" is available at NifferClarke.com and at all online sources including iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby and DigStation starting Dec. 3. Arrangements are by Richard Carsey, orchestrations are by Jonathan Levine. John D. Smitherman sings duet vocals on "All I Ask of You" and "People Will Say We're in Love."
Music director-pianist Carsey will be the music director of the Lincoln Center Theater production of the musical A Minister's Wife by Josh Schmidt, Austin Pendleton and Jan Tranen.
Clarke has been performing onstage since she was six years old. She most recently appeared in Bells Are Ringing in New York City Center's Encores! series. She was also seen in the award-winning Off-Broadway musical Adding Machine, and recently starred as Candida in a workshop of the new musical A Minister's Wife at Lincoln Center Theater. Other New York credits include Garbo and Me (York), The Contents of Your Suitcase (Emerging Artists Theatre), Banjo Boys (New World Stages). Favorite regional credits include Tintypes, Honk!, The Pirates of Penzance, Cyrano, A Little Night Music, She Loves Me and Street Scene.
For more information, visit NifferClarke.com.