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article imageSpice Girls musical 'Viva Forever!' opens in London

By Layne Weiss     Dec 11, 2012 in Entertainment
London - The Spice Girls reunited Tuesday for the premiere of a West End musical based on their rise to fame. All five members of the popular 90s girl group attended the launch of show, "Viva Forever!''
According to Reuters, "Viva Forever" was produced by Judy Craymer who is best known for the musical "Mamma Mia," which is based on Swedish pop group ABBA, and written by Jennifer Saunders, who is best known for playing Edina Monsoon in the BAFTA Award winning comedy series, Absolutely Fabulous.
The Spice Girls were very confident as they took the stage with the cast for the curtain call, receiving a standing ovation from the audience who had been transported back to the 1990s as they listened to hits such as "Wannabe" and "Spice Up Your Life," The Associated Press reports.
Mel C, also know as Sporty Spice thanked the "wonderful" cast saying, "I think they've done a pretty good job," BBC News reports.
Victoria "Posh Spice" Beckham, who watched the musical with her husband David, and three sons thanked Jennifer Saunders for writing the script.
While the musical received a standing ovation from the audience, not everyone loved it. Mark Shenton, a critic for The Stage, newspaper tweeted that "Viva Forever!" was "phony,"manufactured, and "not even funny."
The Independent's theater critic Paul Taylor gave the show 2/5 stars and said it was "lacking in any true original or challenging spark of its own."
"Sporty "Spice" said she didn't really care what the critics had to say about the show, The Associated Press reports.
"If people criticize it, we don't care because we love it," she said.
The show's writer Jennifer Saunders spoke after the premiere saying she was thrilled to finally see the show come to fruition after three years of work, BBC News reports.
"It's a relief, but I hope it won't stop now because I've enjoyed it so much, the BAFTA winning actress said. I'll probably still call in every couple of weeks and hope they still know who I am."
The Spice Girls originally broke up twelve years ago. Geri Haliwell, also known as "Ginger Spice" had quit the group before the split, but joined them for their comeback in 2007.
The last time the group performed live together was at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
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