Violence has broken out again among clan-based warlords in Somalia, as news spread that the musical “Viva Forever!” was to close in June.
Twenty years of civil war, had been halted while the fabulous show enthralled the starving population for the last two year. Last September, a UN-backed government came to power, but it was the mash up "Mama" and "Goodbye" that really brought stability to the capital, Mogadishu.
The stage show coincided with Somalia’s worst ever drought. At the time Simon Fuller was reported as saying “There are 13 million people across the Horn of Africa, affected by this disaster. We need to reach out to them with hope and a Cast rendition of ‘Wannabe’” The Spice Girls were initially "thrilled that the thousands of people" were able to forget their personal suffering while immersed in the soporific schmaltz.
The cost of interval drinks and snacks are said to be a significant factor in nearly 260,000 people dying in Somalia during the run. "We just can't make it work," admitted producer, Judy Craymer. "I've successfully staged the Abba musical (Mamma Mia!), but the militant al-Shabab don't seem to respect that."
Emma Bunton tweeted she was "totally gutted". “We managed to get the Islamists to put down their weapons, with the simple message - Spice up your life”. Melanie C, who is currently starring in a touring production of Jesus Christ Superstar, said she was "absolutely devastated...and coincidently so is Somalia."