Stars set to spice up red carpet at London premiere of 'Viva Forever'
Scriptwriter Jennifer Saunders, third from left, and producer Judy Craymer, third from right, pose with the Spice Girls, from left Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm, Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton and Victoria Beckham during a photo call at a central London hotel, Tuesday June 26, 2012, to launch Viva Forever, a musical featuring songs from the Spice Girls, which will open on 11th December 2012. (AP Photo / Ian West)
The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, December 11, 2012 7:52AM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, December 11, 2012 1:02PM EST
LONDON -- It's time to find out whether Girl Power is still going strong, with Tuesday's premiere of "Viva Forever," a new stage musical based on the songs of the Spice Girls.
Celebrities expected at the premiere at London's Piccadilly Theatre include all five of the original Spice Girls, who helped put the fizz in 1990s "Cool Britannia" scene: Victoria Beckham, Emma Bunton, Geri Halliwell, Melanie Chisholm and Melanie Brown -- also known as Posh, Baby, Ginger, Sporty and Scary Spice, respectively.
The musical uses Spice Girls songs including "Wannabe," "Spice Up Your Life" and the title track in a tale of four friends whose bond becomes strained when their band enters a TV talent show.
It's a pop confection with heavyweight credentials. The show was written by comedian Jennifer Saunders, co-creator of celebrity-skewering sitcom "Absolutely Fabulous."
The producer is Judy Craymer, who produced stage and screen versions of the hugely successful ABBA musical "Mamma Mia!"
The Spice Girls shot to fame in 1996 and sold 75 million records around the world. Halliwell left the group acrimoniously in 1998 and the group effectively split a decade ago.
The five members appeared on stage together for the first time in five years at the London Olympics closing ceremony in August and have reunited to promote "Viva Forever."