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Spice Girls musical 'Viva Forever' opens in London

Tuesday, December 11, 2012
FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2008 file photo, The Spice Girls, from left, Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Geri Halliwell Melanie Chishlom and Victoria Beckham pose in the backstage prior to the start of the Roberto Cavalli Fall/Winter 2008/2009 mens collection, in Milan, Italy. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, file) 
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FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2008 file photo, The Spice Girls, from left, Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Geri Halliwell Melanie Chishlom and Victoria Beckham pose in the backstage prior to the start of the Roberto Cavalli Fall/Winter 2008/2009 men's collection, in Milan, Italy. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, file) (AP)

It's time to find out whether Girl Power is still going strong, with the premiere of a new stage musical based on the songs of the Spice Girls.

The members of the 1990s girl group - Baby, Sporty, Scary, Ginger and Posh - are expected on the red carpet for Tuesday's opening night of "Viva Forever" at London's Piccadilly Theatre.

The musical uses Spice Girls songs including "Wannabe" and "Spice Up Your Life" in a tale of four friends whose bond becomes strained when their band enters a TV talent show.

It's a pop confection with heavyweight credentials. The show was written by comedian Jennifer Saunders, co-creator of celebrity-skewering sitcom "Absolutely Fabulous."

The producer is Judy Craymer, who produced stage and screen versions of the hugely successful ABBA musical "Mamma Mia!"

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