Cast Album of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Stephen Ward Sets 2014 Release; Preview Tracks Available
By Adam Hetrick
The original London cast album for Stephen Ward, the new political musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Christopher Hampton and lyricist Don Black, will be released in March 2014.
The single disc Decca album will be released March 3, 2014, and is currently available for pre-order. Two tracks from the album, "Human Sacrifice" (featuring Alex Hanson) and "Hopeless When It Comes To You" (featuring Joanna Riding), are currently available for free download for a limited time. Click here.
The new musical begins performances Dec. 3 prior to an official opening Dec. 19 at the West End's Aldwych Theatre. Richard Eyre directs.
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.
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