Coming in the Fall: Spice Girls, the Musical

'Viva Forever' will be based on their songs

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jun 26, 2012 7:06 PM CDT

(Newser) – The Spice Girls reunited onstage today to announce details of a musical based on their songs—a tale of fame and female friendship that will open in London in the fall. 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. Don't be too quick to laugh it off: It will be produced by Judy Craymer, the woman behind world-conquering ABBA musical Mamma Mia, and written by Jennifer Saunders, the co-creator of the smash British TV show Absolutely Fabulous.

"It's better than we could ever have imagined," said Melanie "Sporty Spice" Chisholm of the show. "They sing it better than us," added Melanie Brown, the band's "Scary Spice." They were joined by band members Emma Bunton, Geri Halliwell, and Victoria Beckham—also known as Baby, Ginger, and Posh—for a media launch. The five members have not appeared together since a 2007-2008 reunion tour.

Scriptwriter Jennifer Saunders, third from left, and producer Judy Craymer, third from right, pose with, from left Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm, Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton and Victoria Beckham.   (Ian West)
The Spice Girls, from left, Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm, Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton and Victoria Beckham.   (Ian West)
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