"Theme for Stephen Ward," the First Music from Andrew Lloyd Webber's New Show, to Be Released March 31

"Theme for Stephen Ward," the first music from Andrew Lloyd Webber's new musical Stephen Ward, will be released March 31, available by download, following its world-premiere performance on British television's ITV special "Andrew Lloyd Webber: 40 Musical Years," being screened that evening.

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Specially arranged for classical guitar, it is performed by chart-topping star guitarist Miloš Karadaglić, a 29- year-old Montenegrin, and is being released through Mercury Classics/Deutsche Grammophon.

The new musical is still in development, but is expected to arrive in the West End in 2014. Featuring book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton, it tells the story of the Profumo Affair from the perspective of Dr. Stephen Ward, the society osteopath at the center of the scandal. Directed by Richard Eyre, the show chronicles the emergence of 60s cultural revolution and the repression and revolt of the old guard against the new concepts and ideals.

In a press statement, Lloyd Webber commented, "I was absolutely thrilled when Milos agreed to perform the 'Theme from Stephen Ward.'  I have wanted to work with him since I saw him perform at the first London 'Yellow Lounge' event in Bermondsey Street Tunnels in 2011 - collaborating with him has been a real privilege."

" Andrew Lloyd Webber: 40 Musical Years" will be broadcast on ITV1 on March 31 at 6:30 PM UK time.