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Andrew Lloyd Webber poses for a photo, during the launch photocall of his new musical 'Stephen Ward', in London, Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. The show charts the rise and fall from grace of society osteopath, Stephen Ward and his involvement with Christine Keeler and Mandy Rice Davies in the 1960s.  (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
Andrew Lloyd Webber poses for a photo, during the launch photocall of his new musical 'Stephen Ward', in London, Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. The show charts the rise and fall from grace of society osteopath, Stephen Ward and his involvement with Christine Keeler and Mandy Rice Davies in the 1960s. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
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(AP) He's done the Bible, felines, operatic phantoms and Argentine politics. So what is Andrew Lloyd Webber's latest musical about?


Sex as well as politics, spying, social revolution and the Cold War.


"Stephen Ward" centers on a sensational real-life scandal, the 1963 revelation that Britain's war secretary, John Profumo, was involved with model Christine Keeler, who was also sleeping with a Soviet naval attache.


The "Profumo affair" rattled Britain's establishment and fascinated the nation.


But Lloyd Webber says the show, which opens in London in December, is about more than the scandal it's a portrait of a "febrile time" of tumultuous social change.


At a preview of songs from the musical Monday, the "Phantom of the Opera" composer said, "It's just extraordinary, really, the ramifications of what went on."


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