This past Tuesday, the Spice Girls reunited in London at the premiere of "Viva Forever!", the musical based on their hit songs. "Viva Forever!" premiered at the London Piccadilly theatre. Written by Jennifer Saunders, the story follows a girl band in an American Idol-styled singing competition. When I first heard about this project, I think the right side of brain jumped for joy at the idea and didn't think about anything else. While the musical has taken in over £4m in advanced ticket sales, after reading the reviews, I'm not sure if people will still want that ticket.
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Paul Taylor with The Independent unimpressed nonetheless, describing the script as "charmless, messy, lacklustre...embarrassingly derivative of Mamma Mia! and looks way past its sell-by date in its utterly surprise-free satiric swipe at the X Factor" (Gigwise). The Mirror ends their review with "Viva Forever More like clapped-out Vauxhall Viva, five careless owners with far too many miles on the clock" (Gigwise).
According to the Telegraph's review, they suggested that "If you love the Spice Girls stay at home and listen to their greatest hits" (Gigwise). It's said the show only picks up during the encore, when the cast performed a couple of Spice Girls songs, energetically (Guardian). Oh, what could have been...
Yikes. I guess we can't win them all. Looks like fans should be looking for another way to Spice Up their life, because this musical doesn't sound like a great piece of work.
Sources: Gigwise, Guardian, GossipCop