Viva was not forever for Spice Girls as London musical closes

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File photo shows Spice Girls receiving award at Brit Awards in LondonBy Belinda Goldsmith LONDON (Reuters) – A musical based on the meteoric rise of British pop band The Spice Girls that was mauled by the critics is closing six months after its premiere in London, the show’s producer said on Thursday. The brainchild of “Mamma Mia!” creator Judy Craymer, “Viva Forever” was loosely based on the story of The Spice Girls, with a wannabe girl band making the finals of a TV singing contest resembling “The X Factor”. But the show, written by British comedienne Jennifer Saunders, struggled after receiving appalling reviews. …

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