The Spice Girls musical has been long in the making, but it looks like we’re nearing the home stretch. The Girl Power enthusiasts reunited (again!) today in London to announce their collective excitement for Viva Forever, the new jukebox musical that incorporates the classic pop hits of the late-’90s. (Do you feel old yet?)
The music of the 1990s "girl power" group is being revived in Viva Forever, which tells the story of four friends whose bond is tested when their band enters a TV talent show.
The Spice Girls said they were delighted with the show, which is produced by Judy Craymer, the woman behind world conquering ABBA musical Mamma Mia.
"It’s better than we could ever have imagined," said Melanie "Sporty Spice" Chisholm of the show, written by comedian Jennifer Saunders, who co-created TV sitcom Absolutely Fabulous.
"They sing it better than us," added Melanie Brown, the band’s "Scary Spice."
No doubt, Scary!
The show opens on the West End in November, so you have plenty of time to get your tickets (and airfare) in order. Sure, it could be a fun night at the theatrrrre, what with the promising involvement of comedian Jennifer Saunders, but two hours of Spice Girls jams set to a silly plot about a girl group (question: why four, and not five?) sounds like my personal Hell on Earth, especially considering that it’s any way associated with Mamma Mia, which was a travesty on all accounts. (I still will not forgive Meryl Streep for wasting her one musical film appearance on that nightmare, even if I appreciate it when a lady is all, "You know what? I’m gonna hang out on a Greek island and wear overalls all summer, byeeeeee!") And this comes from someone who is preemptively excited to hate-watch the Cher musical!
Although? Looking at the picture above, Victoria "Posh Spice" Beckham’s general fuck-you attitude about this show is probably swaying me in the other direction, because I also love an incredibly rich woman who shirks her talents (loose term, there) and gets all indignant about having to, like, show up and stand next to people in front of a camera.