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First Trailer, Promo Images For Lloyd Webber's STEPHEN WARD

First Trailer, Promo Images For Lloyd Webber's STEPHEN WARDThe first attention-grabbing trailer and official eye-popping promotional poster graphics for Andrew Lloyd Webber's highly anticipated new musical STEPHEN WARD have been unveiled, as has a flashy new website for the forthcoming period-set West End tuner.

"Stephen Ward, your friendly osteopath / I can fix your lower back for you," forlornly sings a melancholy Ward in one of the arresting song clips featuring the lyrics of frequent ALW collaborators Don Black and Christopher Hampton and the score of the always remarkably tuneful Lord Lloyd Webber himself.

"You've never had it so good! / You've never had it so often! / Go and do what you never could," sing a lively, lilting chorus slightly reminiscent of the type of choral moment in another, previous Webber/Black/Hampton project, SUNSET BOULEVARD (such as in "The Lady's Paying") with a tinge of early-career EVITA for good measure ("Peron's Latest Flame").

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, directed by Richard Eyre, is set to begin previews in the West End on December 3.

For more information, visit the official STEPHEN WARD website here.

View the trailer for STEPHEN WARD as well as the promotional poster graphics below.

First Trailer, Promo Images For Lloyd Webber's STEPHEN WARD

Photo Credit: StephenWardMusical.com

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