The rags-to-riches story of The Spice Girls is on its way to the stage.
Viva Forever, a musical based on the best-selling girl group of the 1990s, will open in London on Nov. 5, 2010, according to new reports. Named after their 1998 No.1 hit, the musical is currently in pre-production and being written by Kim Fuller — who also penned the script for the group’s 1997 film Spiceworld. Kim is the brother of former Spice Girls manager Simon Fuller.
Viva Forever will chronicle the rise of the groups five members, Geri Halliwell, Mel B, Victoria Beckham, Mel C and Emma Bunton, with the help of 14 of the band’s biggest hits.
The Spice Girls are in talks to perform during the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics Games in London, according to British music mogul Simon Fuller — who turned the group into the most successful girl bands of all-time during their chart reign in the late ’90s.
“They stand for so much in British music history and I can’t think of a better time for them to get back together for another performance. The demand for them as a band is as strong as ever,” Fuller said.
“They will not want to be performing hits like Wannabe in their 40s, but it”s amazing how often people talk about another reunion. And I think if they do it, it”s going to be in 2012.”
The event will be seen by an estimated two billion people. The most successful British bands since ‘The Beatles, The Spice Girls has sold more than 65 million records worldwide. In 2007, the hitmakers briefly returned for a reunion tour.
Groundbreaking ’90s pop band The Spice Girls are launching their own TV talent show which would select young girls for a musical based on the group’s rise to fame. The Spice Girls want to turn their story into a musical and are anxious to have a hand in selecting a cast to do just that.
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The Spice Girls are bringing their story to the stage in a two-hour musical described as a “pop extravaganza”
This is almost as bad as another reunion tour!
Insiders claim Geri Halliwell a.k.a. Ginger Spice is producing the theatrical version of the band’s rise to fame as the most successful girl group of the 1990s. Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm, Emma Bunton, and Victoria Beckham will also help select the actresses playing them.
“The project is Geri’s baby really but all the girls are backing it,” a tipster tells The Mirror. “The idea is for five relatively unknown actresses to take the parts and hopefully the girls will each have a say in who is cast,” the source added.
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