Spice Girls Reunite For VIVA FOREVER launch

On Tuesday, the Spice Girls reunited to launch Viva Forever, the new West End musical, based on their music.

The launch took place at the St Pancreas Hotel – the hotel where the video clip for Wanna Be was filmed.

Written by Jennifer Saunders (of Ab Fab fame), it is the story of 4 girls in a band who enter a TV talent show and get through a few rounds, but, on the last round Viva, who lives with her mum on a houseboat, gets chosen over the other girls.

This is the first time Saunders has written a West End musical. She said about the experience, “It’s quite daunting actually because it’s so different from anything I’ve ever done before!” and of the songs she says, “I haven’t got bored of listening to any single song!”

Director Paul Garrington summed up the essence of the show, “Fundamentally it’s about 1 girl and the strenghth of her friendship, It’s also about a mother who is learning, after 20 years, how to be a mother and about the world of celebrity, the world of famous people with a woman who many people believe she is past her sell by date though a man of the same age certainly wouldn’t be judged in that way.”

Talking about the Spice Girls music, Victoria Beckham said, “We wrote about things we really believed in, girl power, empowering women, about having fun”

The Spice Girls are thrilled to have their songs turned into a musical, Emma Bunton said, “We’re all just so excited by it, for us, having our songs in a musical is just a dream come true!”

And the last word, as always goes to Geri Halliwell, “It’s a great year for Britain. We have the jubilee, the Olympics and the Spice Girls Musical – woo hoo!”

Watch what all the Spice Girls and Jennifer Launders had to say at Monday’s launch here:

Viva Forever opens at the Picadilly Theatre on December 11. Tickets are on sale now.

That’s Entertainment!
Sarina 🙂

About The Bellissimo Files

Hi, I’m Sarina Bellissimo and this is the place I come to indulge in my love of all things entertainment. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t fascinated by all things Hollywood/showbiz. I blame my parents! As a child my mum used to force me to watch old Elvis Presley films with her, and both my mum & dad would take my brothers and I to the Drive-In to watch the latest films (this is where my love for ROCKY began!). When not watching movies, I was trying to figure out ways to pull the back off the TV so I could somehow get into it and be a part of all the action on the screen! This blog isn’t a place that revels in gossip and negativity. It’s a place where entertainment is celebrated. That said, this is a place you can turn to for honesty. Honesty and criticism don’t always mean attacks. I choose to criticise the piece of work but not the person and I acknowledge that just because I don’t like something, it doesn’t mean someone else won’t. Here you’ll find interviews with some of the biggest names in the world of Entertainment, reviews, breaking news and my very own musings. Away from The Bellissimo Files, you can find me on Spin 1038 on Saturdays, between 1pm and 3pm,presenting Plan B. There’s celebrity interviews, entertainment news, the low down on the must see movies and music releases of the week, the ultimate guide to what’s on where in the city, as well as masterclasses with experts on standby to answer listeners’ questions. I also appear on TV3’s “Elaine” panel, talk movies on “Ireland AM” and you can sometimes hear me filling in on Moncrieff’s “Movies and Booze “(Newstalk) The Bellissimo Files is constantly evolving. Files (topics) will be added or deleted as time goes on. Feel free to read, watch, comment, share, and make suggestions for what you would like to see on the site. Sarina
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