THE SCREENING ROOM: Celebrating Lyricist Don Black With Bonnie & Clyde, Sunset Boulevard and More

By Playbill Staff
June 21, 2013

Tony Award-winning lyricist Don Black celebrates his birthday June 21. To mark the occasion, Playbill.com looks at clips from his musical projects, such as Bonnie & Clyde, Song and Dance and Sunset Boulevard.



Black won the Tony Award in 1995 for the Best Book and Original Score of Sunset Boulevard, which also features lyrics and book by Christopher Hampton and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. He has been Tony-nominated for his work on Merlin, Song and Dance, Aspects of Love and Bonnie & Clyde.

Visit his page at the Playbill Vault.

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"Love Who You Love" from Bonnie & Clyde:

"Bonnie," with Jeremy Jordan, from Bonnie & Clyde:

"Dyin' Ain't So Bad," with Laura Osnes, from Bonnie & Clyde:

Claybourne Elder and Jordan sing "When I Drive":

Highlights from Bonnie & Clyde:

Media day at Bonnie & Clyde:

Here are our favorite performances of "As If We Never Said Goodbye" from Sunset Boulevard - Glenn Close at the Tony Awards:

Close at Royal Albert Hall:

Barbra Streisand:

Elaine Paige:

Patti LuPone:

Audio of Chris Colfer on "Glee":

Shirley Bassey:

Petula Clark:

Betty Buckley:

Alfie Boe:

Ruthie Henshall:

Audio of Diahann Carroll:

 Ann Crumb at the Arvada Center:

Linda Balgord in the musical's national tour:

Audio of Helen Schneider from the original German cast recording:

Here are our favorite performances of "The Perfect Year" from Sunset - Patti LuPone and Kevin Anderson

 Dina Carroll

 Elaine Paige and Kris Phillips

 John Barrowman (audio)

 Petula Clark (audio)

 John Barrowman and Ruthie Henshall

 Elaine Paige (audio)

 Earl Carpenter and Faith Brown (audio)

 Helen Schneider and Uwe Kröger

 Glenn Close (audio)

Diahann Carroll (audio)

Sarah Brightman (audio)

Here are our favorite performances of "Unexpected Song" from Song and Dance - Bernadette Peters.

 Idina Menzel.

 Kiri Te Kanawa.

 Eden Espinosa.

 Melissa Manchester.

 Betty Buckley.

 Marin Mazzie.

 Leslie Kritzer.

 Sarah Brightman.