Spice Girls reunite to launch musical 'Viva Forever' - See video
The Spice Girls reunited on June 26 to announce the launch of a new musical called "Viva Forever," based on their songs.
The musical will open at the Piccadilly Theatre in London on December 11 and is not a biography of the band, the show's producers said at the press conference, according to The Associated Press. However the show will echo the band's theme of female empowerment and feature a storyline of friendship tested by fame.
"We're going to be introducing a whole new generation to 'Girl Power,"' said Victoria "Posh Spice" Beckham told reporters. Beckham appeared alongside former band members Emma "Baby Spice" Bunton, Geri "Ginger Spice" Halliwell, Melanie "Sporty Spice" Chisholm and Melanie "Scary Spice" Brown.
The musical aims to tap into the same audiences that adore jukebox musicals like "Mamma Mia," which was based on hits by ABBA. That musical has been produced in 14 languages and spawned a hit film starring Meryl Streep which grossed $609 million worldwide.
"Viva Forever," which was named after a Spice Girls single, tells the story of "four friends whose bond becomes strained when their band enters a TV talent show," according to the wire service.
The show was written by Jennifer Saunders, the co-creator of "Absolutely Fabulous." Saunders appeared in the Spice Girls' 1997 film "Spice World." The show will also be produced by Judy Craymer, who produced "Mamma Mia."
"Viva Forever" will include the band's hit songs like "Wannabe" and "Spice Up Your Life." The full set list can be seen below. The press event for the show was held at the neo-Gothic hotel where the video for their 1996 breakthrough hit "Wannabe" was filmed.
"Sixteen years ago when we were writing the words `zig-a-zig-ah,' we could never have imagined they would be in a West End show," Halliwell said, quoting the song.
"It's better than we could ever have imagined," Chisholm added.
Halliwell famously left the group in 1998 and the Spice Girls split 10 years ago. The five members have not appeared together since a 2007-2008 reunion tour.
Check out the song list for the musical, according to the Piccadilly Theatre blog. See the video of the announcement below.
"Too Much of Something"
"Tell Me Why
"Who Do You Think You Are? "
"Time Goes By"
"Look at Me"
"Spice Up Your Life"
"Do it "
"Let Love Lead the Way"
"Move Over "
"I Turn To You "
"Say You'll Be There "
"2 Become 1"