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Get ready to feel really, really old. Twelve years after they disbanded (and four years after we last saw them together), the Spice Girls reunited on the steps of the St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel (where their "Wannabe" music video was filmed in 1996) to celebrate the launch of Viva Forever, a new West End musical based on their greatest hits.
Geri Halliwell, 39, Emma Bunton, 36, Melanie Chisholm, 38, Melanie Brown, 37, and Victoria Beckham, 38 -- or, as we like to remember them, Ginger Spice, Baby Spice, Sporty Spice, Scary Spice and Posh Spice -- came together on June 26 for the first time since their reunion tour wrapped in 2008 for a press conference to reveal the details of their new stage show.
The first detail: hile Viva Forever is inspired by the group's music, it's not a retelling of Spice World (despite how awesome that would be). Instead, the play follows a young singer named Viva who joins a talent competition with a group of friends but is asked to go through to the next round solo. The musical will show how the decision affects Viva and her friends and family. Are you trying to tell us something about your own breakup 12 years ago, girls?
The show is directed by Jennifer Saunders, the director of British comedy series Absolutely Famous, and produced by Mamma Mia!'s Judy Craymer.
If there's anything that the photo of the reunited Spice Girls shows us it's that "friendship never ends." Or at least forced public appearances never end, but we prefer the former explanation. Now we just need to start saving our pennies so we can buy a plane ticket over to the U.K. for the show's Nov. 27 debut. Who knows, maybe a successful West End run will encourage more public appearances by the Spice Girls -- and perhaps even another reunion tour? That would certainly spice up our lives.