Spice Girls ‘Viva Forever’: a round-up of the reviews


The long-anticipated musical featuring songs from the Spice Girls opened last night to mixed (mainly negative) reviews.

Victoria Beckham apparently chose to sit with her family instead of the other Spice Girls, who seemed very excitable that the show was finally launching.

As the biggest girl band of all time, who brought 'girl power' to public consciousness, there has been a lot of hype surrounding the shows - but what did the reviewers have to say?

Our reviewer Paul Taylor at The Independent said the show is "lacking in any truly original or challenging spark of its own" and that "It has some moderately amusing moments", although the encore offers a "deliriously silly and joyous lift".

The Telegraph awarded it a measly one star:

"I’ll tell you what I wanted, what I really, really wanted – I wanted this terrible show to stop."

The Daily Mail said it's the "makings of a notable West End flop", the reasonably impressed Guardian thought "The cast are largely great, particularly given that they have caricatures rather than characters to work with".

Huffington Post wrote:

"Fortunately, the world premiere of the Spice Girls' musical certainly had its moments of high drama which kept the audience glued. Unfortunately, none of it was happening on the stage."

According to The Stage, the show was "lazily put-together" with "too much tackiness".

The Evening Standard said it was a tale of two halves: "The first half is limp, the second better yet hardly electrifying".

Most positive of all the reviews, was The Sun, saying the show "thankfully lived up to all the hype."

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