They inspired a generation of feisty women and camp gay men, now the Spice Girls’ music is set to be reborn in the form of a West End musical.
Girl power is still alive and strong, apparently, and producer Judy Craymer wants to use the Spice Girls’ positive message and catchy songs to create a new musical for a new decade.
Craymer, the mind behind hit musical Mamma Mia, told The Guardian that while the famous five spices probably won’t make an appearance, the British group’s songs will form the basis of a very special musical experience.
“I want to create a unique celebration of the band and its music, with its own flavor and joyful message,” said Craynmer in a press release, “I’m delighted that Simon Fuller and the Spice Girls are so supportive of the idea.”
Simon Fuller, former manager of the Spice Girls also released a statement saying, the group of women had “influenced pop culture more than anyone can imagine”.
Titled Viva Forever, after one of the group’s last hit singles, no date has been set for the musical’s debut.
Formed in 1994, the Spice Girls released two albums before band member Geri Halliwell left the group in 1998. The four remaining members, Posh, Baby, Scary and Sporty released a fourth album before announcing in 2001 that they would each be pursuing solo careers.
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