What you really, really want on stage

Austin American-Statesman - - AUSTIN360 DAILY -

LON­DON — It’s time to find out whether Girl Power is still go­ing strong, with the pre­miere of a new stage mu­si­cal based on the songs of the Spice Girls.

The mem­bers of the 1990s girl group — Baby, Sporty, Scary, Gin­ger and Posh — are ex­pected on the red car­pet for Tues­day’s open­ing night of “Viva For­ever” at Lon­don’s Pic­cadilly The­atre.

The mu­si­cal uses Spice Girls songs, in­clud­ing “Wannabe” and “Spice Up Your Life,” in a tale of four friends whose bond be­comes strained when their band en­ters a TV tal­ent show.

It’s a pop con­fec­tion with heavy­weight cre­den­tials. The show was writ­ten by co­me­dian Jen­nifer Saun­ders, co-cre­ator of celebrity-skew­er­ing sit­com “Ab­so­lutely Fab­u­lous.”

The pro­ducer is Judy Craymer, who pro­duced stage and screen ver­sions of the hugely suc­cess­ful ABBA mu­si­cal “Mamma Mia!”

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