It’s the show we were all waiting for has now closed. The super-spectacular new Spice Girls musical Viva Forever! was on at London’s Piccadilly Theatre until 29 June, 2013 and tickets and packages didn’t exactly fly out of the door!
Viva Forever! follows the highs and lows of a mother and daughter as they work their way through a TV reality singing contest. Viva is in a girl band and they have made the first live auditions… but are all the members of the band good enough to go through? Will they stick together or will the celebrity band wagon split them up?
This fabulous feel-good fable set against a backdrop of unforgettable Spice Girls songs including Wannabe, Say You’ll Be There, Mama, Stop and of course the title song, Viva Forever! The Spice Girls are the biggest girl band of the last 20 years and have given their full backing to the show – they were even there at the launch – yes all five of them.
Brought to you by the team behind global mega-smash Mamma Mia!Viva Forever! is written by Ab Fab (and Spice World The Movie) star, Jennifer Saunders.
SALLY ANN TRIPLETT leading the line-up with West End newbie HANNAH JOHN-KAMEN playing her daughter, Viva. Her best firends who are also in her band are Luce played by SIOBHAN ATHWAL, Diamond by LUCY PHELPS and Holly by DOMINIQUE PROVOST-CHALKLEY.
Theatre: Picadilly Theatre
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The nearest tube station is Piccadilly Circus so it is easy to get to Kensington, Knightsbridge, Bloomsbury and Kings Cross for a wide variety of excellent London hotels.
I loved this show. It's so fun and girlie. The Spice Girls songs are brilliant to listen to and sing-a-long to as well. There are so many funny bits in the show but I especially liked the Mum's drunk friend (a bit like Patsy from Ab Fab) and the bit where the Mum and her boyfriend are singing 'Two Become One' - it brought the house down! The mega-mix mash up at the end was brilliant and everyone in the audience was dancing like crazy people. Go see this show and have FUN FUN FUN!
I hate doing this when reviewing a show and I have racked my brain trying to find something good to say, but I can't - sorry.
Viva Forever just did not work for me. The plot was weak and often tried hard to be funny when it really wasn't. Much as I love the The Spice Girls songs, they were never written to have any meaning (unlike the Abba songs used in Mamma Mia where everyone of them tell a story) and therefore when the Spice Girls songs were haphazardly thrown into a paper thin script every single song jarred.
Plus, I found some of the characters really annoying - especially one of the friends (the rapper) and the actress that played Simone (Viva's mentor). Also, what on earth was going on with the obligatory romantic scene which just looked SOOOO awkward with the completely surplus to requirement Angel?
However, many other members of the audience appeared to enjoy the show. There were obviously people there who had been many times before and knew the script off by heart.
I can only give it one star for the last five minutes of "mega-mix" Spice Girls songs.