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First Listen To Two New 'So Very Clever' STEPHEN WARD Cast Recording Tracks

A sneak peek at two tracks from the upcoming cast recording for Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black and Christopher Hampton's new historically-based West End musical STEPHEN WARD are now available to hear prior to the album's release at the tail-end of this month.

Alexander Hanson as Stephen Ward and more are featured on the uniquely compelling new tracks, highlighting Stephen Ward's tryst with Christine Keeler and the romance and intrigue that surrounds it as well as the swingin' sound of the '60s explicitly explored in the score for the show, as well.

The description of the scene musicalized in "You're So Very Clever To Have Found This" is as follows: "Stephen Ward visits Christine Keeler at her then home in Wraysbury, where she lives with her parents in an old railway carriage. In "You're So Very Clever To Have Found This", Ward through charm and flattery persuades Christine's mother to allow him to take Christine to Spring Cottage on the Cliveden estate."

Additionally, "Super Duper Hula Hooper" finds a more freewheeling and funky side to Lloyd Webber's apparently quite varied score for the new musical.

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 was written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Christopher Hampton and Don Black, beginning previews in the West End on December 3. For more information, check out a previous article on STEPHEN WARD here.

Visit the official STEPHEN WARD Facebook page here.

The official West End cast recording for STEPHEN WARD will be released on December 30.

Preview "You're So Very Clever To Have Found This" and "Super Duper Hula Hooper" below.


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