The title role of ‘Viva’ for the upcoming Spice Girls-inspired musical Viva Forever! will be played by actress, Hannah John-Kamen. Viva’s mother, Lauren will be played by Mamma Mia!’s star Sally Ann Triplett.
As well as the cast announcements, we now know the story of Viva Forever! Viva, a young ‘wannabe’ singer puts together a girl band and they enter a TV singing competition. Lauren, Viva’s adoptive mother, who lives on a houseboat, has her doubts about her daughter entering the music industry. The show follows the girl band through their rise to fame and how they handle the limelight.
The plot came at a bit of a surprise, we had assumed that the musical would be all about the 5 Spice Girls themselves, but we like this different approach of creating the completely new character of Viva.
John-Kamen describes her character as, “young, vibrant, with stars in her eyes—very innocent.” Hannah has previously been in many TV dramas including, Black Mirror, Misfits, Whitechapel and The Syndicate.
Triplett, who is playing the lead role, Donna, in Mamma Mia! will continue until September, and rehearsals for Viva Forever! will start soon after. The previews for the new musical will show in November, with opening night set for the 11th of December.
Sally Ann is somewhat of a West End veteran, with an impressive list of past roles. She has appeared in Lend Me A Tenor, Chicago, Much Ado About Nothing, Acorn Antiques: The Musical, Guys and Dolls, Cats and Grease!
No word yet on who will be playing the other band members or if they will even be inspired by each Spice Girl’s persona, but we will keep you posted.
Do you like the sound of Viva Forever!’s plot and are you planning to see it when it open in December?