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Jennifer Saunders responds to Spice Girls show 'Viva Forever!' critics

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Jennifer Saunders has responded to poor reviews of Spice Girls musical Viva Forever!, dismissing the critics as "middle-aged men".

The show received scathing write-ups from various publications at the beginning of its run.

The Spice Girls and Jennifer Saunders at the Viva Forever cocktail launch in London

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Jennifer Saunders with four of the Spice Girls


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Asked about the criticism, the Absolutely Fabulous star replied: "So the critics - five middle-aged men - didn't like it. If you send your dad to see Viva Forever! on his own, then of course he's going to hate it. It was no surprise."

Producer Judy Craymer also defended the musical, asserting that it has had an enthusiastic response from audiences, and set out her long-term vision for the project.

Photo gallery - the Spice Girls at the Viva Forever! opening:
"We want to get it out to Broadway - that's the plan," the London Evening Standard quotes her as saying. "There are talks in progress. Japan and Asia also want it.

"We just want to make sure we have the product right in London first. The critics were always going to give us a hard time, but the truth is it's sold out until June. Feedback from audiences has been amazing. Spice Girls fans are loving every minute."

She added: "Yes, it's been hard - but just like any show is hard to start from scratch and launch on the West End."

Watch a launch video for Viva Forever! below:

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