Today we’re feeling a little dated seeing as how 16 years ago today Spice Girls’ “Wannabe” debuted as their first single, which topped the charts in 31 countries. Yes, the Spice Girls were that girl group! Sixteen years later the group that disbanded in 2000 reunite to launch Viva Forever!, a new musical based on their hit songs. BBC News reports the British pop group consisting of Victoria Beckham, Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm and Geri Halliwell unveiled the musical that explores the “bitter reality of fame” at a London hotel on Tuesday. Viva Forever! is the latest show in what is being called “jukebox musical,” which uses a set of songs for a fresh storyline.
“We’re going to be introducing a whole new generation to Girl Power,” Beckham said. It was the Spice Girls who introduced the mantra of “Girl Power” long before it was super popular. Although Spice Girls may not dominate the airwaves today as they previously had, they are worthy of a salute. Eventually the group went on to sell 75 million records. If, like us, you aren’t able to jet set across the pond to see Viva Forever!, indulge in a little nostalgia and watch the “Wannabe” video below of their 16th anniversary debut.
Spice Girls unveil West End show [BBCNews.com]
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