Posted 22 April 2011 - 06:55 AM
As mentioned several times, Judy Craymer (Mamma Mia!) and Jennifer Saunders are already on board for the new Spice Girls musical Viva Forever which is due to open in London next year.
They are now in the process of adding another powerful force to their team and are in negotiations with top director Marianne Elliott who co-directed London's National Theatre and New York smash hit War Horse. Craymer and Saunders (who is writing the book) have been to New York to see Elliott who is in rehearsals for War Horse at the Lincoln Centre.
If it all works out Elliott will work with Saunders on the book and stage a workshop of the musical, with the show planned to open in late 2012 or early 2013. All of the Spice Girls are involved in the show’s development.
Viva Forever will revolve around a TV talent contest with Craymer aiming to explore the nature of instant celebrity and how our culture is being driven by Facebook and Twitter and the impact they have on fame.
Craymer said: “I’m interested in the sense of fame, and how it’s sustained. People aren’t going to be asked to play the Spice Girls, per se. There’ll be a wink at them and, of course, their songs”. She made clear that the show won’t be a biographical musical about the Spice Girls.
Saunders’ first draft of Viva Forever features 18 numbers including Stop, Say You’ll Be There, Viva Forever and Never Give Up On the Good Times.
With three women at the helm Viva Forever really is promoting girl power.
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Posted 23 April 2011 - 01:47 AM
I've always thought Duran Duran would be a great choice for a jukebox musical both musically and visually but I imagine it would have been done by now if the band or a producer were interested in making one.
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