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Last Updated: Friday January 22 2010 07:15 GMT

Spice Girls stage show planned

Spice Girls perform in Vancouver, Canada in 2007

A musical inspired by the Spice Girls is being created by the producer of the film Mamma Mia!

The show, called Viva Forever after the group's 1998 number one hit, won't actually be about the Spice Girls but will feature their music.

The group's ex-manager Simon Fuller said the Spice Girls are all "really excited" about the project.

The band had massive hits in the 1990s like Wannabe, and sold 75 million records in total.

Julie Craymer, who is producing the musical, said: "It is important to me that the excitement, style and humour of the Spice Girls is well represented on stage."

The Spice Girls were one of the biggest groups in the world in the 1990s but split in 1998 after Geri Halliwell - Ginger Spice - walked out.

In 2007 they got back together for a world tour.

Since then all five, including Victoria Beckham, have had solo music careers and done other work like TV presenting, writing and fashion designing.