Lloyd Webber's new show mines 60s sex and scandal

Lloyd Webber's new show mines 60s sex and scandal
From left, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, actress Charlotte Blackledge, who plays model and showgirl Mandy Rice Davies, actor Alexander Hanson, as osteopath Stephen Ward, Charlotte Spencer starring as showgirl Christine Keeler, and director Richard Eyre, during the launch photocall of Lloyd Webber's new musical 'Stephen Ward', in London, Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
LONDON (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."