April 13, 2010
Jersey Boys sue singers over rival show
The team behind the hit musical Jersey Boys has launched a copyright infringement lawsuit against a touring stage show called The Boys in Concert , charging that the rival production is a ripoff of the Tony Award-winning blockbuster. The suit was filed in Manhattan Federal Court late last week and made public on Monday.
Winner of four Tony Awards in 2006 (including best musical), Jersey Boys charts the rags-to-riches story of singing group Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
In court documents, the plaintiffs — who include original Four Seasons members Frankie Valli and Robert Gaudio — allege that The Boys attempts to fool theatregoers into believing it is an "authorized road company" of Jersey Boys by copying songs, dialogue, its overall look, staging, as well as marketing and advertising campaigns.
The plaintiffs also accused the rival production of choosing a name "confusingly similar" to theirs for performances in cities such as New York, Atlantic City, N.J., Chicago and Los Angeles. The lawsuit calls for an injunction against further performances of The Boys that use similar materials, $150,000 US for each of 10 copyrighted songs from Jersey Boys performed in the rival show and unspecified damages.
With a spate of U.S. concerts currently scheduled through October, The Boys features former Jersey Boys stars, including Christian Hoff, who won a best featured actor Tony for his portrayal of Tommy DeVito in the original Broadway cast. Other performers named in the suit include Daniel Reichard, J. Robert Spencer, Drew Gehling, Michael Longoria and Matthew Scott.
The production is billed as a musical celebration that spans songs "from the Beach Boys to Motown … and of course … the Four Seasons!" and notes the cast members' past experience performing in Jersey Boys.
Posted by acapnews at April 13, 2010 9:55 PM
well I've seen it on youtube and to me it is just a concert, the boys singing Valli's songs
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