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Critics savage Spice Girls musical Viva Forever

Critics savage Spice Girls musical Viva Forever

THE critics have spoken – Viva Forever didn’t add spice to their lives.

British reviewers were scathing concerning the big-budget stage show built round the songs of 1990s “Girl Power” pop group the Spice Girls.
“I’ll tell you what I wanted, what I really, really wanted – I wanted this terrible show to stop,” said Charles Spencer in the Daily Telegraph, riffing on the group’s biggest hit, Wannabe.

“This musical is tawdry, lazy and unedifying,” he said, awarding the show one star.

The Independent newspaper’s Paul Taylor gave the show two stars out of five, calling it “lacking in virtually any certainly original or challenging spark, ” as the Daily Mail’s Quentin Letts dubbed it “a prize Christmas turkey. ”

A celebrity-studded audience that included soccer star David Beckham – there with wife Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham and sons Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz – gave the show an opening-night standing ovation on Tuesday at London’s Piccadilly Theatre.

And the band members themselves were enthusiastic because they took the stage for a curtain call.

“It was … great,” said Melanie Brown, also known as brassy band member Scary Spice. She inserted an emphatic expletive before “great.”

The show, compiled by Absolutely Fabulous creator and star Jennifer Saunders, takes the lady Power theme that made the band a pop sensation and updates it to an environment of Twitter and television talent shows. It follows four teenage friends whose bond is tested if they enter possible show, and only 1 – the titular Viva – is opted for to advance.