Suing My Way Back To You
Frankie Valli and three others have filed a lawsuit against three former “Jersey Boys” cast members for allegedly putting together a copycat touring show featuring Four Seasons songs.
The lawsuit, filed April 12 in Manhattan Federal Court in New York, accuses Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and J. Robert Spencer of “The Boys In Concert” of stealing songs, stage elements and copyrighted logos in ads so fans will think the production is affiliated with the Broadway hit play launched in 2005, according to the New York Post.
“Beginning with low-profile performances of songs from ‘Jersey Boys,’ defendants have now increased the scale of their performances as ‘The Boys’ to the point that they now more boldly flaunt their similarity to the production,” the Post said.
Valli, songwriter Robert Gaudio and playwrights Rick Elice and Marshall Brickman are reportedly seeking a court order to stop the tour and damages of at least $150,000 each for 10 songs performed in the show, all production profits, and unspecified damages for copyright infringement and unfair competition, the paper said.
“The Boys In Concert” made stops in New York, New Jersey, California, Illinois and Connecticut through mid-April. The tour is scheduled to wrap mid-October.