For a female pop group who only had two years of the bright spotlight of fame shined upon them, the Spice Girls have a surprising amount of longevity. During the two year period of time from the release of "Wannabe" in 1996 to when Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice) left the group in 1998, the Spice Girls became one of the biggest pop icons of the 90s. After being split for nearly a decade, the girls reunited in 2007 and 2008 for a worldwide tour that made more than $70 million. And now they're back for more.
That's right, children of the 90s (an, uh, fans of outrageous style), the Spice Girls getting their own musical!
Variety dropped the news this morning that the Girls' manager Simon Fuller will be teaming up with "Mamma Mia!" producer Judy Craymer to create a Spice Girls musical called "Viva Forever." Like "Mamma Mia!" did with Abba's music, "Viva Forever" will center on the Spice Girls culture rather than be based on their music or lives.
"This is not a tribute show," Judy told Variety. "It'll be a mix of fact and fiction, a story of women and friendship. The Spice Girls create a lot of excitement and the show will tap into the essence of them."
Unfortunately, Variety said the show isn't expected to feature the actual cast members, but that's not to say that it still won't. Emma Bunton (Baby Spice) admitted just yesterday that there was something exciting in the Spice Girls future. Maybe, since the Girls are in a bit more performance-ready shape than ABBA was when "Mamma Mia!" first hit stages in 2003, they will choose to headline the musical in their respective roles. Regardless, when the show finally kicks off (initially headed to London's West End), we all will be getting a little more spice in our lives.
What do you think about the plans for a Spice Girls-centric musical?