Don Black, Marti Webb & Michael Grade
Don Black, Marti Webb
Chair: Michael Grade
A fitting finale to the 70th anniversary Jewish Book Week; an evening of live music and memories celebrating the Oscar, Olivier and Tony winner Don Black, the lyricist behind Born Free, To Sir With Love, four Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals and five Bond themes, including Thunderball and Diamonds Are Forever. Over the last six decades he has written with composers including John Barry, Elmer Bernstein and Jule Styne, for performers such as Michael Jackson, Van Morrison and Barbra Streisand and for award-winning films Dances With Wolves, The Italian Job, Out of Africa and True Grit.
As well as being in conversation with former BBC and ITV chief Michael Grade about his career and memoir The Sanest Guy In The Room, his frequent collaborator Marti Webb will perform several of his iconic songs. After starring in the original productions of Half a Sixpence, Godspell, Evita and Oliver! her signature show Tell Me On A Sunday was created for her by Black and Lloyd Webber and she went on to work with the lyricist on several albums and the hit singles Ben and Always There.
Click here to buy a copy of The Sanest Guy in the Room by Don Black
Don Black is a multi-award-winning lyricist, the man behind some of the late twentieth century’s greatest musical numbers and one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s frequent collaborators.
Michael Grade, Lord Grade of Yarmouth, has had a long career in broadcasting, encompassing London Weekend Television, the BBC and ITV, as well as over nine years as Chief Executive of Channel Four Television.
Marti Webb is a celebrated actress and singer, known for her appearances in Evita and Tell Me on a Sunday, and her hit single Take That Look Off Your Face.