‘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.
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
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!
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
Don’s musical Bonnie & Clyde opened at the Garrick Theatre, March 2023
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
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
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.
In March 2017, Don’s musical of Mrs Henderson Presents opens at The Royal Alexander Theatre in Toronto.
Don’s musical of Sunset Boulevard starring Glenn Close will open on February 9th at The Palace Theater on Broadway.