Proving that some musical phenomena can stay dormant for only so long, the Spice Girls are set to make a comeback of sorts with a new musical that's set to open on London's West End on Dec. 11.
But before you imagine the lattice-work plot of the 1997 film "Spice World" being reworked for onstage audiences, Judy Craymer (creator of "Mamma Mia!") reportedly has something different in mind for the similarly exclamatory "Viva Forever!," which will prominently feature the sounds of Sporty, Ginger, Posh, Baby, Scary, Bashful, Sneezy -- wait, how many were there again?
More seriously, writer Jennifer Saunders (of "Absolutely Fabulous" fame) signed on to work with Craymer on the project and envisions the Spice Girls music framing an "American Idol"-styled singing contest led by Viva, a young woman with a chaotic home life who looks to resolve feelings about her adoption through belief in herself, female friendship and, well, "girl power."
If the project sounds a bit like something worth mocking, Saunders will probably beat you to it, having made fun of the band with a tribute act called the Sugar Lumps during a benefit show. But she has fond feelings for the music.