By Adam Hetrick
and Mark Shenton
20 Nov 2013
|Photo by Simon Turtle|
The single disc Decca album will arrive in stores Dec. 30. The digital download release will occur in mid-December, with an exact date to be announced. The album was initially scheduled for a March 2014 release, but will arrive earlier due to strong public interest.
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."
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.