Posted 05 December 2012 - 11:58 AM
The obvious comparisons are going to be to Mamma Mia, which just highlight how much this show falls short. Agree with Tim's comment about the megamix at the end, in my opinion the audience last night only got to their feet grudgingly through love of the Spice Girls, most people seemed keen to go. There was applause at the (excessively long!) curtain call, but no standing ovation and the audience seemed lost throughout, which considering the buzz there was before the show started was all the more evident.
Really wanted to love this one, but the story was dull, and I really didn't engage with any of the characters. The exception being Viva's mum's best friend who - perhaps intentionally - had a touch of "Patsy" about her and was genuinely very funny, also the poor dumb assistant in the talent show.
I felt frustrated that the songs were continually interrupted by dialogue, long stretches of dialogue which didn't advance the story any, and as soon as you got into a song, they stopped it... GRRR!
Just stay at home and have a dance with your hairbrush to the Spice Girls on Spotify - you'll have more fun ( and it'll be cheaper )