|Viva Forever! poster|
Andrew Lloyd Webber gives thumbs up to Viva?
Date: 6 July 2012
Andrew Lloyd Webber has given the Spice Girls' musical Viva Forever! the seal of approval in the wake of its recent launch.
Speaking to the Metro, Lloyd Webber said that writer Jennifer Saunders has been keeping him posted on the show, and that he thinks it's got what it takes to succeed.
"I've known Jennifer for years. She's shown me parts of it and it looks terrific. It's really difficult to get the right formula in translating pop hits into the right stage show. There were several attempts to make Abba the musical before Judy Craymer finally nailed it with Mamma Mia!"
The tidbit comes days before Spice Girl Mel C joins Lloyd-Webber as a judge for his new ITV show Superstar, which begins this Saturday (7 July 2012). She has been tasked with helping Lloyd-Webber find a new star for his Jesus Christ Superstar arena tour.
"She was great in Blood Brothers," he said. The singer will be joined on the TV panel by Jason Donovan and Dawn French.
Superstar begins broadcasting on Saturday (7 July 2012) at 7.25pm. The tour kicks off at London’s O2 Arena on 21/22 September, before visiting: Glasgow SECC (25 September), Newcastle Metro Radio Arena (28 September), Manchester Arena (30 September), Cardiff Motorpoint (2 October), Birmingham NIA (4 October), Belfast Odyssey (9 October), Dublin O2 (12 October), Liverpool Echo Arena (16 October), Nottingham Capital FM Arena (19 October) and Sheffield Motorpoint (21 October).Got some goss? Contact email@example.com
Subscribe to our free newsletter
Featured Editor's Picks
|Relatively Speaking |
Goodness knows why Alan Ayckbourn's debut success has had to wait 46 years for its first West End ...
|Donmar stages Nick Payne premiere, Wesker's Roots & Tom Hiddleston in Coriolanus |
The Donmar Warehouse has announced its new season, which features the premiere of Nick Payne's new p...
|ATG acquires Broadway's largest theatre The Foxwoods, home of Spider-Man|
In another significant step for transatlantic theatre relations, the UK’s biggest theatre ...
|1st Night Photos: Strictly stars party at Relatively Speaking first night|
Strictly stars Kimberley Walsh, Denise Van Outen and Artem Chigvintsev were among those celebrating ...
|Matilda on Broadway wins five Drama Desk Awards|
The Broadway transfer of Matilda The Musical has won five gongs at the 58th Annual Drama Desk Awards...
|Pulitzer winner Ayad Akhtar: Islam is 'ripe territory' for drama|
Ayad Akhtar's play Disgraced, which won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, receives its UK premiere ...
|Michael Coveney: New York honours Matilda with five big awards|
First blood in the New York awards contest went to Matilda last night, as the show walked off with...
|Opening: Relatively Speaking, Southwark Playhouse's Tanzi Libre & NT Shed's Bullet Catch|
Among this week's major London theatre openings, in the West End and further afield, are Relatively ...
|Young Vic's award-winning Doll's House transfers to West End|
Carrie Cracknell's critically acclaimed Young Vic production of A Doll's House, using an adaptatio...
|Ten of the Best: Theatre 'flops' ripe for reinvention |
Defining a theatre 'flop' is no straightforward task. A general rule of thumb could be that it mak...