Spice Girls musical slammed by critics
It seems the long-awaited Spice Girls musical failed to impress critics at last night’s premiere.
Viva Forever!, written by comedian-actress Jennifer Saunders, opened at the Piccadilly Theatre in London.
The story – which ridicules The X Factor- is of an aspiring singer who, with her best friends, gets swept up in a TV talent show which turns her life upside down.
The Daily Mirror’s Alun Palmer called the plot “cliched” and the dialogue “leaden”, and said that “laughs, from writer Saunders, are surprisingly few and far between”.
The Daily Mail’s Quentin Letts called the jukebox musical “a prize Christmas turkey”. While the Independent’s Paul Taylor said the show was “lacking in any true original or challenging spark of its own”. Adding “Viva Forever! forever? I rather think not”.
The Sun’s Poppy Cosyns, gave it a better review.
The show had “lived up to all the hype”, she said, adding that “Saunders has done a great job with the script and the show flows really well.”
After the show ended, Spice Girls Emma Bunton, Mel B, Mel C, Geri Halliwell and Victoria Beckham led the audience in a standing ovation before joining the cast on stage for the curtain call where the band shared a group hug.
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