Friday, June 1

Ghost the Musical to close on 6th October

UPDATE 14th June:  Cast and crew of the musical Ghost told last night that it will be closing on 6th October.

According to today’s Mail the new Spice Girls’ Musical Viva Forever will open at the Piccadilly Theatre in December with Ghost The Musical which is currently running there closing in the autumn when the current principals are due to leave. (The current booking period is being advertised until 20th April 2013).

Spice Girls Emma Bunton and Mel C apparently cried when they saw footage of the upcoming show which includes hit songs Wannabe, The Lady Is A Vamp, Who Do You Think You Are? and Mamma. The musical is a mother and daughter story with a television talent show as a backdrop strongly illustrating today’s obsession with celebrity. The producer Judy Craymer (of Mamma Mia! fame) told the Mail’s Baz Bamigboye some time ago “the show isn’t about the Spice Girls directly, but it’s sprinkled with their essence
Previews for Viva Forever will begin in November with auditions being held later this month running into July. The director Paul Garrington wants to be ready to start rehearsals around September.

Workshop versions of the show have already been held enabling choreographer Lynne Page, designer Peter Mackintosh and orchestrator Martin Koch to get ahead on the staging ahead of rehearsals.

They have some staff competition with the new Whitney Houston musical The Bodyguard starring the sensational Heather Headley opening at the Adelphi Theatre at around the same time.

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