Viva Forever Expected to Premiere at West End's Piccadilly Theatre
01 Jun 2012
The new musical Viva Forever, featuring songs made famous by the Spice Girls pop group woven into a new story by TV performer and writer Jennifer Saunders, is expected to premiere at West End's Piccadilly Theatre in December, following previews from November.
According to a report in the Daily Mail, this means that Ghost, the show currently playing there, will shutter in the fall.
Viva Forever is expected to feature approximately 16 numbers associated with the Spice Girls line-up Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton, Victoria Beckham, Melanie Chisholm and Melanie Brown, respectively Ginger, Baby, Posh, Sporty and Scary. The song stack featured will include "Wannabe," "The Lady Is A Vamp," "Who Do You Think You Are" and "Mamma." According to the Mail report, the show has a mother and daughter story at its heart, with a television talent show as a backdrop.
Produced by Judy Craymer (who was behind the global smash of Mamma Mia!), it will be directed by Paul Garrington, with Lynn Page as choreographer, Peter Mackintosh as designer and Martin Koch as orchestrator.
No casting is available yet. Auditions are expected to begin this month.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.