Sunday, July 18, 2010

Former cast members from Jersey Boys at Duke Island Park on 18 July 2010

Former members from the cast of Jersey Boys performed at Duke Island Park, Bridgewater, NJ on July 18, 2010.

But if you were wondering how "tribute" bands and the like work out, note the following case filed in SD NY:

Court Case Number: 1:10-cv-03060-RJS
File Date: Friday, April 09, 2010
Plaintiff: Jersey Boys Broadway L.P.
Frankie Valli
Robert Gaudio
Marshall Brickman
Rick Elice
The Four Seasons Partnership

Plaintiff Counsel: Robert William Clarida, Ronald William Meister of Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, P.C.

Defendant: Drew Gehling
Christian Hoff
Michael Longoria
Daniel Reichard
Matthew Scott
J. Robert Spencer

Cause: 17:101 Copyright Infringement
Court: New York Southern District Court
Judge: Judge Richard J. Sullivan

***from Playbill

Original Jersey Boys stars Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and J. Robert Spencer have filed a countersuit against Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice and the producers of Jersey Boys — Dodger Theatricals, Ltd. and Jersey Boys Broadway L.P. — following an earlier lawsuit filed by the latter.

As reported in April, the creators and subject of the Tony-winning musical Jersey Boys had filed a lawsuit against The Boys in Concert, a new touring concert production created by former cast members Hoff, Longoria, Reichard and Spencer.

The defendants' lawyer noted: "These four incredibly talented men have earned the legal right, through years of toil and artistic effort (including a Tony award for Mr. Hoff) to tell audiences of the historically accurate fact that they were stars in Jersey Boys . . . .It is also completely false and, frankly, ridiculous to suggest — as Valli, Gaudio and the producers of Jersey Boys have — that our clients are performing a copycat show of Jersey Boys."

Imagine, copyright action right here in Bridgewater, NJ.


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