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Thursday 31 July 2014

Saunders: Spice musical for family

Jennifer Saunders said she and her daughters loved the Spice Girls

Jennifer Saunders has dedicated the Spice Girls musical to her daughters, revealing she wrote it for them.

The Absolutely Fabulous star, who has three daughters - Ella, 26, Beattie, 24, and Freya, 21 - with comedian husband Adrian Edmondson, revealed in an interview for Radio 4's Chain Reaction she couldn't bear to let anybody else do it and "mess it up" because she and her daughters were such massive Spice Girls fans.

Jennifer said: "I got the call and I said 'Yes, I'd quite like to do that'. Because I'd hate someone else to do it and mess it up.

"I did it for my girls because it meant so much to them growing up. And we're all such big Spice Girls fans. I did it for them."

The musical, Viva Forever, is co-written by Mamma Mia!'s Judy Craymer and follows a mother and daughter, with the backdrop of a TV talent show, using all the Spice Girls' hits to tell the story.

Jennifer revealed she has finished writing the show and has already done two workshops of the script, and it is ready to open in the West End in December. Auditions begin later this month.

The Bafta winning comedienne was being interviewed by writer Caitlin Moran for Chain Reaction. The new series begins on Radio 4 on July 27 2012.

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