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Posted on Tue. Oct. 01, 2013 - 12:32 am EDT


Musical to focus on scandal

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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 attaché.

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.

Stars flock to J.T.

A host of stars turned out to experience Justin Timberlake’s headline gig at the iTunes Festival in London.

The Grammy-winning singer Adele, actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth McGovern were among the audience at London’s Roundhouse on Sunday night.

“Star Trek” stars Chris Pine and Alice Eve plus TV chef Jamie Oliver also watched Timberlake mix fresh songs from his new album, “The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2,” with favorites like “Cry Me A River” and “SexyBack.”

Read a review of the new album on Page 8D.

Coins for baby

The christening of Prince William and the former Kate Middleton’s firstborn, Prince George, will be marked with a set of commemorative coins, the Royal Mint said Saturday.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s baby son will be christened at the Chapel Royal at St. James’s Palace on Oct. 23, just over three months after his birth.

It will be the first time that new coins are produced to mark a royal christening in Britain.

‘Cloudy’ shines

The top five movies from the weekend box office:

1. “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs,” $34 million

2. “Prisoners,” $10.9 million

3. “Rush,” $10 million

4. “Baggage Claim,” $9 million

5. “Don Jon,” $8.7 million

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Actress-singer Julie Andrews is 78. Actress Stella Stevens is 75. Actor Stephen Collins is 66. Actor Randy Quaid is 63. Singer Howard Hewett is 58. Actor Esai Morales is 51. Actor Christopher Titus is 49. Model-actress Cindy Margolis is 48. Singer-guitarist Kevin Griffin is 45. Actor Zach Galifianakis is 44. Actress Sarah Drew is 33. Actress Brie Larson is 24.

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