Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Bedtime beckons! Spice Girls party to celebrate musical but Sporty is a no-show and Posh jets home to put Harper to bed

By Georgina Littlejohn

Party Spices! Geri Halliwell and Emma Bunton were snapped out partying in London last night after launching the musical based on the Spice Girls' songs

They were reunited for the first time in a long time to announce details about a musical based on their songs.

So it was hardly surprising that the Spice Girls were itching to go out and celebrate last night.

But two members of the world-famous girl group were not feeling in a party mood because as Emma Bunton, Geri Halliwell and Melanie Brown partied in London, Victoria Beckham and Melanie Chisholm were nowhere to be seen.

Celebratory meal: Melanie Brown, aka Scary Spice, chose to dine out with husband Stephen Belafonte

But that, for Victoria anyway, was because family comes first and the fashion designer explained that she would be leaving immediately after the reunion to get back to Los Angeles to see her little girl.

There was no sign of Mel C, formerly known as Sporty Spice, who had probably decided to have a quiet night in with her family after her busy and exciting day.

Bedraggled Spice! Emma looked a little bit worse for wear as she and fiancé Jade Jones left the Groucho Club in the small hours

And Victoria was on a plane home almost immediately after the reunion to launch Viva Forever, a new musical based around the Spice Girls songs.

Speaking at the launch, which took place at the St Pancras Hotel in London, where they filmed their Wannabe video in 1996, said she wanted to get home to tuck daughter Harper in.

She said: 'I'd love to stay and hang out with the girls but I'm desperate to see her before she goes to bed. I have to race home for bedtime.'

Jetsetters: Mel B and Stephen flew into London from their LA home just days after they got back from living in Australia

But she added that she was delighted about the show and added: 'London is a great starting point. We're all so proud to be British. We're hopeful this will be the start of something big.'

Victoria, 38, was snapped jetting into Los Angeles last night, just a few hours after she and the Spice Girls had joined forces once more.

That was quick! Victoria Beckham flew into Los Angeles last night less than 24 hours after reuniting with the Spice Girls in London

Company: Victoria was joined by hairdresser and friend Ken Paves as she made her way through the terminal

And despite her crazy 24 hours and a long-haul flight across the Atlantic, Victoria still looked her immaculate self as she raced home to get to her little girl.

Dressed in tight leather trousers, towering heels and her trademark huge sunglasses, Victoria looked very chic as she made her way through the terminal at LAX.

Her hair was tied back in a ponytail and she teamed her outfit with a huge belt and a clutch bag and she was accompanied by her good friend and hairdresser Ken Paves.

You must be tired! It was a busy 24 hours for Victoria who had flown in to London especially for the reunion and despite the long haul flight still managed to look effortlessly chic

Victoria had flown out of London where she had met up with her former girl group friends to launch the musical.

The musical, entitled Viva Forever!, will tell the story of 'a beautiful, talented girl and her best friends who get swept up in the obsession of today's TV celebrity culture'.

The musical 'charts her journey into the world of overnight fame and its impact on her relationships with her mother and the friends she thought she'd have forever'.

The sunglasses are there for a reason! Victoria hid her face from the flashbulb frenzy as she got into her waiting car

Based on the Spice Girl songs, it was written by comedienne Jennifer Saunders and produced by Judy Craymer, the theatrical impresario behind the success of Mamma Mia!

Saunders, who cameoed in their film Spice World, said: 'The second I knew this project was up for grabs I rang my agent and said I had to be involved.'

The group's reunion today comes four years after their sell-out Return Of The Spice Girls world tour, which ended prematurely after they cancelled the gigs in South America, South Africa and Asia.

Spice Girls forever: (L-R) Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm, Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton and Victoria Beckham launched the musical at the the St Pancras Hotel in London, where they filmed their Wannabe video in 1996.

During their four years in the charts, they enjoyed nine No.1 singles and two No.1 albums in the UK, including one No.1 single and album in the U.S.


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