By Adam Hetrick
and Mark Shenton
27 Dec 2013
|Photo by Simon Turtle|
The show, which has music by Lloyd Weber and book and lyrics by playwright Hampton and lyricist Black, is directed by Richard Eyre, with designs by Rob Howell, lighting by Peter Mumford, sound by Paul Groothuis, projections by Jon Driscoll and choreography by Stephen Mear. It is produced by Robert Fox Limited and The Really Useful Group.
The musical began performances Dec. 3 prior to an official opening Dec. 19 at the West End's Aldwych Theatre. Richard Eyre directs. Read critics' reviews here.
The album will be released digitally Dec. 30.
Super Duper Hula Hooper
When You Get To Know Me
You're So Very Clever To Have Found This
This Side of the Sky
He Sees Something In Me
You've Never Had It So Good
Mother Russia, While We Can
Give Us Something Juicy
I'm Hopeless When It Comes To You
Too Close To the Flame
Here's how it's billed: "Stephen Ward charts the rise and fall from grace of the society osteopath. Friend to film stars, spies, models, government ministers and aristocrats, his rise and ultimate disgrace coincided with the increasingly permissive lifestyle of London's elite in the early 1960's. The musical centres on Ward's involvement with the young and beautiful Christine Keeler and their chance meeting in a West End night club which led to one of the biggest political scandals and trials of the 20th century."
Alexander Hanson stars in the title role, with Charlotte Spencer as Christine Keeler, Charlotte Blackledge as Mandy Rice Davies, Anthony Calf as Lord Astor, Daniel Flynn as John Profumo and Joanna Riding as Valerie Hobson.
Also in the cast are Ian Conningham as Ivanov, Chris Howell as Murray, Ricardo Coke Thomas as Lucky Gordon and Wayne Robinson as Johnny Edgecomp. Other cast members are Martin Callaghan, Kate Coyston, Jason Denton, Julian Forsyth, Amy Griffiths, Paul Kemble, Emma Kate Nelson, Carl Sanderson, Emily Squibb, John Stacey, Helen Ternent and Tim Walton.