Full casting has been announced for “Viva Forever!”. The new jukebox musical will feature the previously announced Sally Ann Triplett as Lauren the mother in the show and Hannah John-Lamen as Viva her daughter.
“Viva Forever!” tells the story of how Viva and her three best friends: Luce played by Siobhan Athwal, Diamond by Lucy Phelps, and Holly by Dominique Provost-Chalkley as they face the bitter reality of fame in a TV talent show “where stars are born and dreams are shattered.”
Rehearsals for the new musical will start next week and preview performances begin on Tuesday, November 27, 2012. “Viva Forever!” will officially open on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at the Piccadilly Theatre in London’s West End.
The book of “Viva Forever!” was written by Jennifer Saunders, and features the hit songs by the Spice Girls, including “Say You’ll Be There,” “Spice Up Your Life,” and “Who Do You Think You Are.” The Spice Girls are not in the production and the play is not about their story, but they did help to inspire the story.
“Viva Forever!” is produced by Judy Craymer along with the Spice Girls, Simon Fuller and Universal Music. Judy Craymer is known for producing another jukebox musical “Mamma Mia!,” which became a mega-hit. Jukebox musicals use hit songs for their score, making a musical fresh and hip. “Mamma Mia!” has helped create a jukebox musical trend and “Viva Forever!” may follow in its footsteps.
On the cast announcement, Judy Craymer said:
“We’re very excited to be working with such a fabulous group of actors — not only does The Cast include some of the most accomplished performers in British musical theatre, but we’ve discovered some wonderful newcomers as well. The story is not about the Spice Girls but rather a contemporary comedy musical with a funny and clever script by Jennifer, which is charged with all the energy and attitude of the girls themselves,” as noted on BroadwayWorld.com.
The other cast members consist of: Lucy Montgomery, who plays Lauren’s best friend Suzi. Montgomery is famous for her TV roles in Absolutely Fabulous, The Mighty Boosh, and Armstrong and Miller among others. Simon Slater a RSC veteran plays another one of Lauren’s friends, Mitch.
Playing the three TV talent show judges are: Bill Ward as Johnny, Ward was known as Charlie Stubbs in Coronation Street, Scar in The Lion King, and Sir Lancelot in Spamalot. The second judge is Sally Dexter who plays Simone known as The Lion in “The Witch and The Wardrobe” and “Billy Elliot.” The third judge is Tamara Wall who known as Brooke in “Legally Blonde” and Martine in “Eastenders.”
The TV talent show’s musical director will be played by Ben Cura as Angel, the TV show’s production assistant will be Hatty Preston as Minty; and the presenter will be Anthony Topham as Lance, and finally the stylist is Simon Adkins as Leon.
The ensemble includes Tom Kanavan, Zak Nemorin, Curtis Angus, Lucy Thatcher, Roxanne Palmer, and Charlotte Walcott among many others.
The creative team of “Viva Forever!” consists of: Paul Garrington as director, who has directed numerous productions of “Mamma Mia!,” Lynne Page as the choreographer, and Martin Koch as the musical director.
For more information and full casting of “Viva Forever!” visit: www.VivaForeverTheMusical.com.