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August 12, 2012 | By Alene Dawson, Los Angeles Times
In the run-up to the London Olympics' closing ceremonies, rumors have swirled that the Spice Girls, Britain's quintessential girls pop group, will reunite for a special performance. If they do - and promoters have been cagey about it, with no firm confirmations or denials as of press time - it may seem hard to believe that 18 years have passed since they came on the scene and, with anthems such as "Wannabe," went on to become the No. 1 selling girl group in music history. But one thing is certain: though their "brand" was strong, Sporty, Scary, Baby, Ginger and Posh have all moved gracefully through time, modernizing and updating their looks instead of making the all too common mistake of sticking with a tried and true style.
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May 2, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Girl power didn't last long on stage: Producers announced Thursday the Spice Girls musical will close early in London after a lackluster six-month run. The final performance is June 29. “Viva Forever,” based on the hits by the 1990s British pop band, had added girl power behind the scenes. “Absolutely Fabulous” comedian Jennifer Saunders penned the show, and mega-hit "Mamma Mia!" creator Judy Craymer served as producer. Although the musical underwent tweaks after a disappointing opening in December, “we just can't make it work," Craymer said in a statement.
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December 17, 2012 | By David Ng
Theater critics will tell you what they hate. What they really, really hate. In London, it's a new stage musical called "Viva Forever!" that uses songs from the British pop group Spice Girls. With a book written by Jennifer Saunders, of "Ab Fab" fame, the musical is backed by Judy Craymer, the producer who brought us another pop-jukebox musical, the blockbuster "Mamma Mia!" "Viva Forever!" opened over the weekend at the Picadilly Theatre on London's West End. The musical doesn't feature any of the original members of the Spice Girls, though the five singers -- including Victoria Beckham -- appeared at a curtain call on opening night.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Mel B., best known for her time as the Spice Girl "Scary Spice," has been announced as the new judge for the NBC reality competition series "America's Got Talent. " She's replacing Sharon Osbourne, who left the show after last season following a dispute with the network and the producers of another NBC reality competition series, "Stars Earn Stripes. " She said she felt they had discriminated against her son, Jack, after he disclosed his multiple sclerosis diagnosis. Mel B. (real name Melanie Brown)
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August 13, 2012 | By Susan Denley
The Spice Girls did indeed reunite to perform in the Olympics closing ceremonies on Sunday. They looked much more sophisticated than they did in the 1990s. Gone, for instance, were Emma "Baby" Bunton's pigtails. Victoria "Posh" Beckham wore a short-in-front black dress, Gerri "Ginger" Halliwell a red dress with Union Jack detailing, Melanie "Sporty" Chisholm a white pants outfit and Melanie "Scary" Brown a bedazzled catsuit.   [Styleite] Stars from the worlds of sports, film and television flocked to Culver City Studios on Sunday for the annual “My Brother Charlie” Family Fun Festival fundraiser for the HollyRod Foundation.
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June 26, 2012 | By Chris Barton
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?
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Girl power didn't last long on stage: Producers announced Thursday the Spice Girls musical will close early in London after a lackluster six-month run. The final performance is June 29. “Viva Forever,” based on the hits by the 1990s British pop band, had added girl power behind the scenes. “Absolutely Fabulous” comedian Jennifer Saunders penned the show, and mega-hit "Mamma Mia!" creator Judy Craymer served as producer. Although the musical underwent tweaks after a disappointing opening in December, “we just can't make it work," Craymer said in a statement.
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February 2, 2008 | From Reuters
The Spice Girls said Friday they are cutting back their reunion tour "due to family and personal commitments." They canceled concerts in China, South Africa, Australia and Argentina. The tour that reunited the British "Girl Power" group in a blaze of publicity will end Feb. 26 in Toronto. "It was not possible to fit everything in," a spokesman said.
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October 18, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Wanna be the first to score a copy of the Spice Girls' greatest-hits album? You'll have to go to Victoria's Secret to get it. The newly reunited British girl group's CD will be available starting Nov. 13 at Victoria's Secret stores and on the company's website in the United States, Capitol Music Group says. It will be released nationwide two months later.
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June 29, 2007 | Geoff Boucher
The world is getting Spicy again. The Spice Girls, the massively successful British pop group of the 1990s that introduced the globe to "girl power," announced Thursday that they will reunite for a world tour that will kick off here in Los Angeles on Dec. 7. They will also release a greatest hits album. During their run, which included the film "Spice World" in 1997, the group sold more than 11.9 million albums in the U.S.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 17, 2012 | By David Ng
Theater critics will tell you what they hate. What they really, really hate. In London, it's a new stage musical called "Viva Forever!" that uses songs from the British pop group Spice Girls. With a book written by Jennifer Saunders, of "Ab Fab" fame, the musical is backed by Judy Craymer, the producer who brought us another pop-jukebox musical, the blockbuster "Mamma Mia!" "Viva Forever!" opened over the weekend at the Picadilly Theatre on London's West End. The musical doesn't feature any of the original members of the Spice Girls, though the five singers -- including Victoria Beckham -- appeared at a curtain call on opening night.
NEWS
August 13, 2012 | By Susan Denley
The Spice Girls did indeed reunite to perform in the Olympics closing ceremonies on Sunday. They looked much more sophisticated than they did in the 1990s. Gone, for instance, were Emma "Baby" Bunton's pigtails. Victoria "Posh" Beckham wore a short-in-front black dress, Gerri "Ginger" Halliwell a red dress with Union Jack detailing, Melanie "Sporty" Chisholm a white pants outfit and Melanie "Scary" Brown a bedazzled catsuit.   [Styleite] Stars from the worlds of sports, film and television flocked to Culver City Studios on Sunday for the annual “My Brother Charlie” Family Fun Festival fundraiser for the HollyRod Foundation.
SPORTS
August 13, 2012 | BILL DWYRE
Every four years, some of us who type for a living lose about three weeks of our lives to gain a lifetime of experiences. It is called the Olympic Games. In those weeks, it is easy to be cynical and soppy, all in the same five minutes. It is 17 days of watching septuagenarians hang medals around necks and kiss cheeks. You roll your eyes. It is also 17 days of watching athletes achieve and become puddles of joy. You join the slobber. Athletes arrive with great hope and some leave with great glory.
SPORTS
August 12, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
A musical mishmash of eras and styles closed the London Olympics in a long and raucous fashion on Sunday night to complete what its director called the "after-party" of this 17-day global event. There were the familiar music icons, including the Pet Shop Boys, the reunited-for-a-night Spice Girls, Annie Lennox, Ray Davies, Fatboy Slim and singer George Michael, who was making his first live appearance since recovering from pneumonia last year. The Who closed the show with a four-song set that concluded with "My Generation.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 12, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
As a great, global ritual in which the nations of the world beat their swords into javelins and pole-vault poles, sublimating national rivalries, religious differences and warlike spirits into friendly athletic competition, the Olympic Games demand to end not with a whimper but a bang. It is not enough to leave a note asking the last one out of the stadium to please turn off the flame. Titled "A Symphony of British Music," Sunday night's closing ceremony-cum-dance-party was a color-coordinated parade of illustrated pop songs, some that will have been less than familiar to foreign listeners, some worldwide hits, but most of them so deeply ingrained into the modern British consciousness as to be extricable only by surgery.
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August 12, 2012 | By Alene Dawson, Los Angeles Times
In the run-up to the London Olympics' closing ceremonies, rumors have swirled that the Spice Girls, Britain's quintessential girls pop group, will reunite for a special performance. If they do - and promoters have been cagey about it, with no firm confirmations or denials as of press time - it may seem hard to believe that 18 years have passed since they came on the scene and, with anthems such as "Wannabe," went on to become the No. 1 selling girl group in music history. But one thing is certain: though their "brand" was strong, Sporty, Scary, Baby, Ginger and Posh have all moved gracefully through time, modernizing and updating their looks instead of making the all too common mistake of sticking with a tried and true style.
WORLD
September 17, 2002 | From Times Wire Services
Officials plan to enforce a new dress code for scantily clad women who sell betel nut at more than 1,000 roadside stands in the northern county of Taoyuan, a police spokesman said. Starting Oct. 15, the women--called la meizi, or "spice girls" in local slang--won't be allowed to wear transparent or belly-revealing tops. Skimpy skirts and shorts are also out. "It's just too easy for drivers to have accidents as they turn to gawk at the women. We've already had many crashes," he said.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 28, 2012
Justin Bieber's "Believe" is the year's top-selling debut album. Nielsen SoundScan reports sales of 374,000 copies following its release last week, giving the 18-year-old Canadian pop singer the fourth No. 1 album and the best sales week of his young career. "Believe" also debuted at No. 1 in 29 other countries. The album topped Madonna's "MDNA" as the year's top debut thus far and is the bestselling first-week release since Drake's "Take Care" came out in December.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 26, 2012 | By Chris Barton
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?
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