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April 17, 2024

7 Awards for Sunset Boulevard!

Jamie Lloyd’s revival of Sunset Boulevard won an amazing 7 Olivier Awards, during an incredible evening on Sunday, 14th April, at the Royal Albert Hall – making it one of the most awarded musicals in a single night in Olivier Award history!

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s legendary Sunset Boulevard, with lyrics (and book) by Don Black and Christopher Hampton, and directed by Jamie Lloyd, has played to packed audiences and delighted fans at London’s Savoy Theatre, in a 16 week run from 21 September 2023 – 6 January 2024.

The seven awards won were:

Best musical revival – Sunset Boulevard

Best director – Jamie Lloyd, Sunset Boulevard

Best actor in a musical – Tom Francis, Sunset Boulevard

Best actress in a musical – Nicole Scherzinger, Sunset Boulevard

Best sound design – Adam Fisher, Sunset Boulevard

Best lighting design – Jack Knowles, Sunset Boulevard

Outstanding musical contribution – Alan Williams, Sunset Boulevard

Following its triumphant run in the West End, the production will be on Broadway later this year, while the eagerly anticipated album is now available to preorder.

Watch the amazing Olivier Award-winner Tom Francis perform at the Olivier Awards, filmed by Shayna McPherson:


April 17, 2024

Don Black awarded CBE

Don Black was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 1999 Birthday Honours. He was surprised and delighted to be promoted to Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2024 New Year Honours, for services to music.  His investiture took place at Windsor Castle on 6th March 2024, in the Garter Throne Room.

August 10, 2023

The Songwriters Podcast

The Songwriters Podcast‘ with Louise Golbey, in association with The Ivors Academy and PRS For Music’s M Magazine.  New Special Edition: Louise talks to Don Black and discusses his work, music career and writing process.  This exclusive episode is available on all digital platforms.

Listen here to hear him talk about his extensive career spanning six decades, the moment he wrote ‘Ben’ for Michael Jackson, the collaborations with composers Quincy Jones and Henri Mancini, his musical theatre shows with Andrew Lloyd Webber, the Bond themes with John Barry and what it’s like to hear his work being sampled by artists such as Kanye West and Eminem.

Here is the Spotify playlist to go with this episode including all the songs mentioned

June 20, 2023

Sunset Boulevard opens September 2023

Nicole Scherzinger returns to the West End this September, starring as the immortal Norma Desmond in a new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s legendary Sunset Boulevard, with lyrics (and book) by Don Black and Christopher Hampton, and directed by Jamie Lloyd.

Sunset Boulevard arrives at London’s Savoy Theatre for a limited 16-week run from 21 September 2023 – 6 January 2024.  Book your tickets here

June 20, 2023

The Third Man – June to September 2023

A Musical Thriller!

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 with book & lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton, music by George Fenton, and direction by Trevor Nunn.

Book your tickets for The Third Man here – June-September 2023 only!

March 20, 2023

Aspects of Love opens May 2023

Aspects of Love, the hit show Don wrote with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Charles Hart 34 years ago, returned to the West End at the Lyric Theatre, on 12th May 2023 – starring Michael Ball.

“Aspects of Love holds a very special place in my heart.  I am absolutely delighted to revisit Andrew Lloyd Webber’s glorious score in a re-imagined chamber production in the West End.” – Michael Ball

Exquisitely produced and superbly performed” – The New York Times 

Book your tickets for Aspects of Love here


March 20, 2023

Bonnie & Clyde The Musical opens March 2023

Don’s musical Bonnie & Clyde opened at the Garrick Theatre, March 2023

Buy your tickets to London’s most wanted musical, Bonnie & Clyde

After two hit seasons in London’s West End, ‘Bonnie & Clyde The Musical will embark on its first-ever UK & Ireland tour, opening at Leicester Curve, on Thursday 22nd February 2024 and running until July 2024.  Tickets are on sale now at www.bonnieandclydemusical.com

Photo credit of Don Black on the opening night of Bonnie & Clyde: Bonnie Britain

July 1, 2020

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The Sanest Guy In The Room

Don has written a memoir entitled The Sanest Guy In The Room. It was published on July 23rd and can be ordered on Amazon. Here are some of the quotes about Don and the book:

“Don is a wonderful man with a life-enhancing spirit and a warmth that is hard to find in most people”
Andrew Lloyd Webber

“Don just gets on with it”
Van Morrison

“I can’t imagine life without Don Black; he has an amazing attitude and is one of the most beloved people in our industry”
Cameron Mackintosh

“The Pele of lyricists”
Robbie Williams

November 28, 2016

Morrison and Melua and more… Oh my!

Don has recently been working with Katie Melua on her new album entitled In Winter and has written with Katie her latest single Dreams On Fire. He has also been working with the legendary Van Morrison on his album Keep Me Singing and written  his latest single Every Time I See A River.

November 28, 2016

Mrs Henderson Presents opens March 2017

In March 2017, Don’s musical of Mrs Henderson Presents opens at The Royal Alexander Theatre in Toronto.