Here they are, at St. Pancras where they filmed their first ever video for Wannabe, now fully restored into a fairly boring Renaissance Hotel.
They are, from left to right, Mouthy, Lezzie, Mental, Forehead and Ridiculous Spice and they have come together in the name of earning some hard cash. It is the launch of the Spice Girls musical, written by Jennifer Saunders of French and Saunders and Ab Fab fame (for our foreign readers) and featuring the songs of the Spicers, once popular around these parts.
It’s called Viva Forever, it starts at the Piccadilly Theatre in December and when we spoke to JS about writing it she had the following to say:
‘The Spice Girls musical came about through my agent. She was meeting Judy Cramer [the woman behind Mamma Mia] and asked if she might be interested in me doing it and Judy said yes and I said, “Yes, I’d be interested…” Actually, it was more like, “Please, please, please let me do it!” because my girls were such big Spice Girls fans and we used to hang around with… [laughs] well, not hang around with but Dawn and I knew the Spice Girls a bit and we did the Comic Relief thing with them and I thought I’d be really pissed off if there was a Spice Girls musical and it’s a bit… [makes a gesture which means rubbish before correcting herself]… Not quite what it should be. It’s a story that reflects their story and has their spirit in it and uses all the main songs. It’s about girls really and ambition and friendship and all the other little Spice Girls tags.’
So, there you have it. A proper showbiz story with quotes and everything. Exclusive that is. Well, apart from the magazine we did it for.
Spice Girls return to the scene of the crime,