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Behind The Scenes Of Recording STEPHEN WARD With Joanna Riding

Behind The Scenes Of Recording STEPHEN WARD With Joanna RidingGo behind the scenes of the new West End musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black and Christopher Hampton, STEPHEN WARD, via a new behind the scenes featurette highlighting the recording of the Act 2 showstopper "I'm Hopeless When it Comes To You".

Two-time Laurence Olivier Award-winning star Joanna Riding enacts the powerful and emotional ballad in the show itself and we can now glean a glimpse into recording the song for posterity on the cast recording.

The official synopsis for STEPHEN WARD is as follows: "STEPHEN WARD deals with the victim of the Profumo Affair - not, as is widely supposed, John Profumo himself, the disgraced Minister for War, nor even the fatally wounded Conservative government of Harold Macmillan, but the society osteopath whose private libertarian experiments blew up in his own and everyone else's face. In a trial as emblematic to the twentieth century as Oscar Wilde's was to the nineteenth - from which he was the only protagonist to emerge with some dignity and honour. Ward became the targeted scapegoat of a furiously self-righteous Establishment. By no means a hero, he was a reluctant martyr, thanks to an unholy alliance between Press and police of a kind we can all too readily recognise today; inadvertently, he was the hinge between two worlds and the harbinger of a revolution in manners, music and morals when the ordered, stuffy, respectful universe of the fifties gave way to the classless, truculent, unstoppable sixties."

STEPHEN WARD features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, with book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton as well as direction by Richard Eyre.

For more information on STEPHEN WARD, check out a previous article here.

Order the original London cast recording of STEPHEN WARD here.

View the new behind the scenes video of STEPHEN WARD featuring Joanna Riding below.

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