Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Spice Girls reunite to promote London musical

The Spice Girls reunited in London Tuesday to promote the launch of Viva Forever!, a new musical based on their hit songs.

The BBC reports Victoria Beckham, Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm and Geri Halliwell were on hand to help unveil the show at a central London hotel.

"We're going to be introducing a whole new generation to Girl Power," said Beckham.

Written by Jennifer Saunders, the musical explores the "bitter reality of fame" brought by a TV talent show. The show is the idea of Judy Craymer, producer of Abba musical Mamma Mia!

The launch event was held in the neo-Gothic St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, the location where the Spice Girls filmed the video for their breakthrough hit, “Wannabe,” in 1996.

Reunited on the same podium, the five ex-bandmates exchanged banter about Halliwell's exit from the group at the height of their fame in 1998.

"I've got to say these girls are amazing and brilliant and loving," said Halliwell. "Every time I see them, and I don't see them that often, independently and collectively they're really lovely. I'm really grateful to have good friends like this."

"To have our songs performed night after night in a theatre is an honor for us," Chisholm added.

"My little boy doesn't know who we are, so I can't wait for him to see this," said Bunton.

Viva Forever! opens at London's Piccadilly Theatre on December 11.

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