Adam Boult 

Open thread: After the Spice Girls, which other groups should have musicals?

Following the reunion of the Spice Girls for their musical – what other musicians' songs would lend themselves to a stage musical? Let us know your thoughts
  
  

The Spice Girls reunited this week to launch Viva Forever!, a musical based on their songs. Written by Jennifer Saunders, it's due to open at the Piccadilly Theatre in London this December.

Viva Forever! (the exclamation mark is not optional) follows on the heels of Mamma Mia!, the ABBA musical, and We Will Rock You, based on songs by Queen. All of them use their source material to tell a fictional story "suggested" by the original songs.

What other bands' back catalogues would you like to see used in a stage musical? Give us your suggestions below – and here's a few to start the ball rolling.

Parklife! The Blur musical

Plot: Privileged Essex youngster Jimmy Cor-Blimey rebels against his comfortable upbringing and runs away to become a warden in a London park, meeting various colourful characters along the way (Ernold Same, Tracy Jacks, (Pressure on) Julian, Yuko and Hiro). High jinks ensue.

Dear Catastrophe Waitress!: The Belle & Sebastian musical

Plot: Belle is a pretty young waitress looking for more in life. Sebastian is the painfully shy boy in the duffle coat who loves her from afar. Can he summon up the courage to ask her out? Social awkardness, broad farce and high jinks ensue.

Umbrella! The Rihanna musical

Plot: Street-dance update of Singin' in the Rain, and this time Gene Kelly's a girl. We'll iron out the major details later, but it'll have fake rain and you'll have to wear a cagoule if you sit in the front three rows. High jinks guaranteed.

Run for the Hills! The Iron Maiden musical

Plot: Heavy metal retelling of The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner. Features gritty social realism and occasional high jinks.

Autobahn! The Kraftwerk musical

Plot: A very serious man drives around in a fake car delivering key statistics about Germany's motorway system via the medium of song. Possible high jinks to ensue.