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Don Black OBE is a highly-acclaimed, Oscar-winning lyricist. His works have included movie themes, hit songs, and numerous musicals, including three with Andrew Lloyd Webber: Tell Me on a Sunday, Aspects of Love, and Sunset Boulevard, for which he received two Tony Awards for Best Book and Lyrics, together with Christopher Hampton.
Mr. Black's movie credits include themes for many James Bond films: Thunderball, Diamonds Are Forever, The Man with the Golden Gun, "Surrender" from Tomorrow Never Dies and The World is Not Enough. In collaboration with composer John Barry, he wrote the title song for the 1966 film Born Free, which won the Oscar for Best Song. He also collaborated with Barry on Out of Africa and Dances With Wolves. He has worked with Jule Styne, Henry Mancini, Quincy Jones, Elmer Bernstein, Michael Legrand, Marvin Hamlisch, Charles Aznavour and has had two U.S. number one hits: Michael Jackson's "Ben" and Lulu's "To Sir, With Love".
Mr. Black was recently inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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[West End, 2023]
Book and lyrics
[West End, 2023]
[West End, 2023]
[Broadway, 2002]
[West End, 1988]
Producing Director



Don Black Movies

[1969]Where's Jack? lyrics by

[1971]Diamonds Are Forever lyrics

[1974]The Man with the Golden Gun lyrics

[1975]Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze lyrics by

[1977]Gulliver's Travels writer

[1979]The Bitch music and lyrics by

[2000]Thomas and the Magic Railroad lyrics by

[2005]Aspects of Love lyrics by

[2015]Archie lyrics, songwriter

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Photo: First Look at Nicole Scherzinger as Norma Desmond in SUNSET BOULEVARD in London

Ahead of tonight's first preview of The Jamie Lloyd Company’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard, an all new photo has been released of Nicole Scherzinger as Norma Desmond. Check out the photo here!

Catherine Tyldesley, Danny Hatchard, and More Join the UK Tour of BONNIE & CLYDE THE MUSICAL

BONNIE & CLYDE THE MUSICAL has announced initial casting for the production's first ever UK & Ireland tour in 2024 with tickets on sale now! Learn more about the musical and find out how to get tickets for a tour stop near you here!

SUNSET BOULEVARD Opens At Music Mountain Theatre

Friday September 15th will bring a new mainstage production to Music Mountain Theatre (MMT) in Lambertville, New Jersey for a three-weekend run.

SUNSET BOULEVARD Will Release 5000 £20 Tickets to Under 30s, Key Workers, and Those Receiving Government Benefits

5000 £20 tickets will be released for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard. Find out how to get your hands on these discounted tickets here!

Photos: Inside Rehearsal For SUNSET BOULEVARD in London Starring Nicole Scherzinger

All new rehearsal photos have been released for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard. Get a first look at the cast, find out how to get tickets, and more!

Pearl Sun To Lead SUNSET BOULEVARD At ACT of Connecticut

Broadway's Pearl Sun will star as Norma Desmond in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s legendary Sunset Boulevard at ACT of Connecticut.

Wake Up With BroadwayWorld 8/15: THE WIZ Finds its Dorothy, Eva Noblezada Departs HADESTOWN, and More!

Top stories include a first look at rehearsals for The Wiz, and Eva Noblezada takes her final bows in Hadestown. Plus, The Wiz has found its Dorothy in newcomer Nichelle Lewis. Read more about these and other top stories here!

Full Cast Set For SUNSET BOULEVARD Starring Nicole Scherzinger, Plus Check Out a New Trailer!

The full cast and creative team has been announced for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard directed by Jamie Lloyd, with book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton, based on the Billy Wilder film.

Review: BONNIE & CLYDE at The Garden Theatre

Just a reminder, the MATCH complex in Houston has some of the best air conditioning around. And this show is pretty hot and sultry, so it’s a perfect pairing.

Rachel Tucker Joins Andrew Lloyd Webber's SUNSET BOULEVARD in London

Rachel Tucker will join the cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard in London, directed by Jamie Lloyd with book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton, based on the Billy Wilder film.

Listen: BONNIE & CLYDE THE MUSICAL Releases West End Cast Recording

The West End Cast Recording of BONNIE & CLYDE THE MUSICAL is now available to download or stream. Listen to the full album here!

Review: BONNIE & CLYDE, Original West End Cast Recording

The Original West End Cast Recording of Bonnie & Clyde is a tense, cinematic treat.

Save Up to 63% on THE THIRD MAN at the Menier Chocolate Factory

Graham Greene’s brilliant story – which was made into a landmark film and published as a novella – now comes to the stage in a new musical written by Christopher Hampton with music by George Fenton, lyrics by Don Black and directed by Trevor Nunn. 

Video: Andrew Lloyd Webber, Betty Buckley and Elaine Paige Reflect on 30 Years of SUNSET BOULEVARD

Watch Betty Buckley, Elaine Paige, and Andrew Lloyd Webber reflect on 30 years of Sunset Boulevard.

BONNIE & CLYDE Comes to The Garden Theatre in August

The Garden Theatre, one of Houston's newest theatre companies, has announced its plans to bring Frank Wildorn's musical retelling of Bonnie & Clyde to life at MATCH. Featuring the well-known story of corruption and love, the production will run August 11-20, 2023 at Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston (3400 Main St.) in the heart of Midtown.

ASPECTS OF LOVE in the West End to Close Three Months Early

The West End revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Aspects of Love will close on August 19, 2023. Learn how to purchase tickets.

Review: THE THIRD MAN, Menier Chocolate Factory

When Holly Martins arrives in Vienna to start a new job after the Second World War, he learns that his childhood friend Harry Lime died a few days prior. A broke novelist who was promised a cut in his business, he finds Harry’s sudden death suspicious and starts to investigate. Considered one of the best British films, it was only a matter of time before Carol Reed and Graham Greene’s 1949 film The Third Man received the musical treatment. With words by Don Black and Christopher Hampton and music by George Fenton, this premiere is a mid-weight noir directed by Trevor Nunn. While the cast is often impressive, the background against which the plot unravels is far more interesting than the story itself.

Photos: First Look at THE THIRD MAN at the Menier Chocolate Factory

All new production photos have been released from The Third Man which opens next week at the Menier Chocolate Factory.

Video: Watch Andrew Lloyd Webber Talk Broadway's Future on CBS SUNDAY MORNING

Watch Andrew Lloyd Webber discuss his career and the future of Broadway on CBS Sunday Morning!

On Sale and Performance Dates Revealed For the Production of SUNSET BOULEVARD Starring Nicole Scherzinger

The on sale and performance dates have been announced for Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard starring Nicole Scherzinger as Norma Desmond, with further casting to be announced. Find out more about the production, and how to purchase tickets, here!


Don Black has written 17 shows including The Little Prince and the Aviator (Lyricist), Billy (Lyricist), Bar Mitzvah Boy (Lyricist), Song and Dance (Lyricist), Merlin (Lyricist), Dear Anyone (Lyricist), Abbacadabara (Lyricist), Budgie (Lyricist), Aspects of Love (Lyricist), Sunset Boulevard (Bookwriter), The Goodbye Girl (Lyricist), Dracula (Bookwriter), Bombay Dreams (Lyricist), Dance of the Vampires (Lyricist), Tell Me on a Sunday (Lyricist), Bonnie & Clyde (Lyricist), Tell Me on a Sunday (Lyricist).

Don Black has been nominated for several awards throughout his career. He has received nominations for Outstanding Lyrics at the Drama Desk Awards for the musical "Bonnie & Clyde." He was also nominated for Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre at the Tony Awards for "Bonnie & Clyde" and "Sunset Boulevard." In addition, he received a nomination for Best Musical Revival at the Olivier Awards for "Sunset Boulevard." Black was also nominated for Best Book of a Musical at the Tony Awards for "Sunset Boulevard" and Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre at the Tony Awards for "Aspects of Love," "Song and Dance," and "Merlin."

Don Black has won two Tony Awards. He won the award for Best Book of a Musical for Sunset Boulevard and also won the award for Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for Sunset Boulevard.

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