June 26, 2012

If you woke up this morning with a hankering for further proof of creative bankruptcy in the world of musical theater, there’s five ladies who have a present for you; a Spice Girls musical, Viva Forever, is set to be unveiled this fall in London’s West End. The BBC has the show’s producers describing the show as ”the story of a beautiful, talented girl and her best friends who get swept up in the obsession of today’s TV celebrity culture.” So basically some X Factor-type deal? The stage show is written by comedian Jennifer Saunders, star of the comedy Absolutely Fabulous, and like ABBA’s Mamma Mia and Frankie Valli’s Jersey Boys it’s a “jukebox musical,” meaning that instead of original songs the music is all just old Spice Girls hits. So, time to break out that old cassette of Spiceworldfind someone you know who still has a tape player, wonder how many songs on that album seem good enough to survive a stage production, then defend to your friend why you’re listening to a Spice Girls cassette that  even doesn’t have “Say You’ll Be There” on it. Your friend has a point.

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