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Could Viva Forever! be critic-proof?

Viva Forever!, the new musical based on the songs of The Spice Girls, has opened to poor reviews, but could it be a West End show that is review-proof?

Lyricist Sir Tim Rice, who wrote Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar, amongst others, told the Today programme that show get terrible review and yet still run, but stressed that the story is paramount. He said that in almost every case "a good story is the key, it's more important than a good score"

Dominic Cavendish, theatre critic for the Daily Telegraph, said that a lot of shows are trying to cash in on the success of Mamma Mia by trying to "crowbar" old songs into a story, adding that "more original musicals in the West End" is what is needed.

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