It has been rumoured for a number of months, but it's been announced that a stage musical based on the songs of the Spice Girls is on its way, with the full backing of the original girl group.
The working title, Viva Forever, is being worked on by Mamma Mia creator Judy Craymer, who made the musical about Abba into an instance success globally.
The former manager of the girl band, Simon Fuller, has set up a new company to produce the musical. The show promises to “celebrate the energy and excitement of the biggest girl-band of all time.”
Simon Fuller said: “The girls and I are very excited to be working with Judy Craymer. What Judy has achieved with her all conquering box office smash hit Mamma Mia! and what the Spice Girls created with their powerful record-breaking mix of ‘Girl Power!' and hit songs, has influenced pop culture more than anyone can imagine.
“Now with this incredible new project Viva Forever, we all come together as partners with a combined focus to create something really special for this next decade.”
It is important to me that the excitement, style and humour of the Spice Girls is well represented on stage
Judy Craymer added: “I'm delighted that Simon Fuller and the Spice Girls are so supportive of the idea of Viva Forever. I want to create a unique celebration of the band and its music, with its own flavour and joyful message. It is important to me that the excitement, style and humour of the Spice Girls is well represented on stage.”
The Spice Girls, Emma Bunton, Geri Halliwell, Victoria Beckham, Melanie Brown and Melanie Chisholm, have all had solo careers in the entertainment industry since they split up in 2001. Melanie Chischolm can currently be seen in the hit musical Blood Brothers in the West End.