David Newman

Writer

Male

Born: February 4, 1937
New York, New York, USA

Died: June 27, 2003
New York, New York, USA

David Newman, a screenwriter and playwright best known for co-writing the screenplay to "Bonnie and Clyde," died June 27, 2003, in Manhattan, according to The New York Times. Mr. Newman was 66. The cause of death was a stroke. His credits include co-writing the screenplays of the popular "Superman" trilogy, but his connection to the Man of Steel dated more than a decade earlier, when he co-wrote with Robert Benton the book of the Broadway musical comedy, It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman, directed by Harold Prince.

The now lesser-known musical with songs by Charles Strouse and Lee Adams was a spoof that has a cult fans for its tongue-in-cheek look at the DC Comics superhero. "You've Got Possibilities" is a standout from the score, which is on CD. Mr. Newman co-wrote the show's book with Robert Benton, his "Bonnie and Clyde" collaborator.

Mr. Newman also contributed material to the nudie revue, Oh! Calcutta!, and co-wrote the Tony Award nominated book to the Cy Coleman-Ira Gasman musical, The Life.

His other film writing credits include "There Was a Crooked Man," "What's Up, Doc?," "Moonwalker" and "Santa Claus, the Movie."

At the University of Michigan, where he earned bachelor's and master's degrees, the New York-born writer won two Avery Hopwood Awards, one for short stories and one for three plays.

 

Roles

Playbill Cover - The Life The Life
Apr. 26, 1997 - Jun. 7, 1998
Book
(Original)
Who's Who
Playbill Cover - Oh! Calcutta! Oh! Calcutta!
Sep. 24, 1976 - Aug. 6, 1989
Contributions
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Oh! Calcutta! Oh! Calcutta!
Jun. 17, 1969 - Aug. 12, 1972
Contributions
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - "It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman"
Mar. 29, 1966 - Jul. 16, 1966
Book
(Original)
Who's Who
 

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Awards


New York Drama Critics' Circle

Year Category Production Winner/Nominee
1997 Best Musical The Life Nominee

Tony Award

Year Category Production Winner/Nominee
1997 Book of a Musical The Life Nominee
 
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