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“If people criticize it, we don’t care _ because we love it,” she said.

Chisholm posed for photographers and fans on the red carpet before the show with Brown, Halliwell and Emma “Baby Spice” Bunton.

Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham, now a successful fashion designer, arrived later with her husband, soccer star David Beckham, and their Burberry-clad sons Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz.

“Viva Forever” is a pop confection with heavyweight credentials. Writer Saunders is co-creator of celebrity-skewering sitcom “Absolutely Fabulous.” The producer is Judy Craymer, who produced stage and screen versions of the hugely successful ABBA musical “Mamma Mia!”

“I always wanted to be a Spice Girl, and this is as close as I’ll get,” Craymer said.

She stressed that “Viva Forever” is not the story of the Spice Girls _ “It’s a story of now.”