(LONDON) — It’s been in the works for several years, but now Spice Girls fans who really really really wanna ziggah-zig-AH! will be able to enjoy the music of their heroines once again, in a stage musical set to open in London this December. All five Spice Girls reunited in London on Tuesday in the same hotel where they filmed their breakthrough video, “Wannabe,” to make the announcement.
The BBC reports that the musical will be called Viva Forever!, and rather than being a biography of Victoria Beckham, Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm and Geri Halliwell, it’ll use the Spice Girls’ music to explore “the bitter reality of fame” brought on by a TV talent show. Specifically, the show is” “the story of a beautiful, talented girl and her best friends who get swept up in the obsession of today’s TV celebrity culture,” according to the producer.
“We’re going to be introducing a whole new generation to Girl Power,” said Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham. Melanie “Sporty Spice” Chisholm added, “To have our songs performed night after night in a theater is an honor for us.”
The musical is the brainchild of Judy Craymer, who also produced the monster hit ABBA musical Mamma Mia!, another production that uses a collection of pop hits to tell an original story. Viva Forever! was written by Jennifer Saunders, the British comedienne best known for her role as Edina in the TV comedy Absolutely Fabulous.
Viva Forever! will open December 11 on London’s West End.
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