The musical is getting a little unnecessary Spice

Scriptwriter Jennifer Saunders (third from left) and producer Judy Craymer (third from right) pose with the Spice Girls (from left), Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm, Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton and Victoria Beckham, as they announce their musical, "Viva Forever," set to open in London in December. Associated Press
Scriptwriter Jennifer Saunders (third from left) and producer Judy Craymer (third from right) pose with the Spice Girls (from left), Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm, Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton and Victoria Beckham, as they announce their musical, "Viva Forever," set to open in London in December. Associated Press
Posted: June 28, 2012

Following in the footsteps of ABBA's "Mamma Mia" and Queen's "We Will Rock You," it seems as if every artist with more than five songs wants to turn his catalog into a musical. There was Billy Joel's "Movin' Out," the Four Seasons' "Jersey Boys" and Green Day's "American Idiot."

Now work is under way in London for a fall opening of a musical based on the music of the Spice Girls.

Seriously?

Tattle can't imagine that one will cross the pond to Broadway. Who in the U.S. can recall five Spice Girls songs?

For goodness sake, their entire reign of world domination was only a couple of years — Justin Bieber has been around longer.

Anyway, the Girls reunited onstage Tuesday for the first time since 2008 to announce details of "Viva Forever," the musical based on their utterly forgotten dance tunes, which tells the story of four friends whose bond is tested when their band enters a TV talent show.

One plus is that the show is being produced by Judy Craymer, the woman behind "Mamma Mia." The other is that it's written by Jennifer Saunders, co-creator of the TV sitcom "Absolutely Fabulous."

So maybe it will amusing, if it's not exactly Gershwin.

"Viva Forever" starts previews Nov. 27 and opens Dec. 11 at London's Piccadilly Theatre.

Meanwhile, back in the states, a musical based on the life of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy is set to open on Broadway next spring.

Producers said Tuesday that "Motown," with Gordy, 81, writing his own book, will include songs made famous by Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Michael Jackson and the Jackson Five — and there's no one who's attended a wedding or bar mitzvah over the past 45 years who doesn't know those songs.

TATTBITS

A representative for 50 Cent (a/k/a Curtis Jackson) says the rapper is out of the hospital and "doing fine" after being treated for "minor neck and back injuries" after a car accident in New York on Tuesday morning.

Bruce Miller, who was driving the car, was also injured and has been released from the hospital.

E.L. James, the author of the best-selling erotic "Fifty Shades of Grey" trilogy, will be signing books July 12 at the San Diego Convention Center during Comic-Con.

"Fifty Shades of Grey" is about a young woman who has a lot of kinky sex. Or as she's known at Comic-Con, a superhero.

Check that, she's not known at Comic-Con.

Greenhouse, the New York nightclub whose basement lounge W.i.P. was the site of Drake vs. Brown I, is suing the city for shutting it down.

The company that runs Greenhouse says in its lawsuit that it's losing $264,000 a week.

Tattle will be leaving now to open a nightclub.

— Daily News wire services contributed to this report.

Email gensleh@phillynews.com

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