Spice Girls 'Forever'? More like six months
May 2nd, 2013
03:01 PM ET

Spice Girls 'Forever'? More like six months

The Spice Girls musical, "Viva Forever!" isn't going to be as long-lasting as its title suggests.

After opening in the West End to negative reviews in December, the musical is going to end in June, producer Judy Craymer has announced.

"It is with a heavy heart that I've had to make this very difficult decision to post closing notice for 'Viva Forever!'" Craymer said on the musical's website.

It's "an original show which is blessed with the most brilliant cast," she continued. "Despite the wonderful audiences, extremely positive feedback and the standing ovation at every performance from an audience of families and friends all enjoying a great night out, we just can't make it work."

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Some critics might beg to differ with Craymer on the feedback part. In a review, the Telegraph called "Viva" "a show that's so bad it ought, if there were any justice, to be accorded a minus-star rating. This show is not just bad, it is definitively, monumentally and historically bad."

The Guardian tried to be more diplomatic, saying that the cast members were "largely great, particularly given that they have caricatures rather than characters to work with." The larger problem was the songs: "For one thing, there aren't enough memorable hits in a career that lasted for three albums to support two hours of theatre."

But Craymer isn't letting any criticisms of "Viva Forever!," which was written by Jennifer Saunders, rain on her closing parade.

"I am extremely proud of everyone involved in this production," she said in her statement. "'Viva Forever!' may be taking it's leave for now in the West End but the legacy of Spice Girls will never fade!"

The production's final performance at The Piccadilly Theatre is scheduled for June 29.

Filed under: Celebrities • Music • theater

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  1. sorry: 7:40pm


    August 11, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Movies


    August 11, 2013 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Girls: Feeling a karoeke edge coming on....its been a long time...si?


    August 6, 2013 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  4. Ladies 9pm k? lol


    July 16, 2013 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. We have been way too nice too these hoe's...enuff


    May 8, 2013 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. what do we think...others are in the same misery boat?


    May 8, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Pliny

    It would be fun to drink appletinis with these girls, and talk about guys. Maybe get mani-pedis or go to the spa together.

    May 7, 2013 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  8. the one of the left has a perfect marriage.


    May 6, 2013 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
  9. Alucard

    I want the one on the left with the low self esteem
    good times

    May 6, 2013 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Not at all her her relationship is in great shape.

      yes!!! a positive relationship

      May 6, 2013 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
  10. Hey janine...nice blue strapless---hahahaha

    bb later

    May 5, 2013 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  11. margaret

    i am very picky about women friends most of them today are skume...these girls look happy like my friends and family

    ginger looks like janine!!! hahahahaa

    May 4, 2013 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. fib test...anytime

    May 4, 2013 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  13. Speeding Comments-thanks

    May 4, 2013 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  14. Sokman

    Where did you find a Mercedes for $17,607?

    May 3, 2013 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. The girls look fantastic!!!!

    love the fashion

    May 3, 2013 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  16. Your just lazy cowards...

    thanks enuff for today

    May 3, 2013 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
  17. Peace ☮

    Idk much about these girls, but, I really, really like that blue/black dress!

    May 3, 2013 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
  18. Shorts

    go too dam school and do something else even if its not for a degree...you are talking with other men...
    cars, baseball that stupid game where 300 pound men bash into each other faces in.
    you gotta talk too other people...NOT stop what your doing....just add something else on too the schedule

    May 3, 2013 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  19. Meh

    a 4-pack of mental issues

    May 3, 2013 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  20. Job offers.

    so happy

    May 2, 2013 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Why are you a tool blog and not driving it?


    May 2, 2013 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Cait

    NOOOOO! That is all the sarcasm I can muster for the year...

    May 2, 2013 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  23. At the end of the day--- Its just a bunch of hoe's...


    May 2, 2013 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Overheard Conversations Kock--buzz went off


    May 2, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Gross

    I always liked the line "if you wanna be my lover, you gotta get with my friends." Right there she's giving the guy permission to sleep with her girlfriends, and that's pretty cool.

    May 2, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Sokman

    Well I'll tell ya what I want What I really really want... For you to go away, & stay there

    May 2, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |

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