Stage producer Starvox Entertainment is suing June Entertainment and Rubicon Falls Entertainment for fraud, claiming that the companies had accepted payments to deliver major stars for Broadway shows and then failed to return the money when the stars were not delivered, according to a report in Forbes.
Based in Toronto, Starvox has specialized in producing parody stage shows including Potted Potter (a take on the Harry Potter world), and Graeme of Thrones (a parody of HBO’s Game of Thrones). Starvox reportedly paid the two companies $200,000 in deposits to cast Miley Cyrus, Keira Knightley and Al Pacino in shows that were being planned for Broadway.
Starvox reportedly sought Miley Cyrus to make her Broadway debut in a revival of Grease, and Keira Knightly to topline a revival of the thriller Wait Until Dark. The Pacino project was not specified.
Starvox claims that June Entertainment of Los Angeles delivered a contract supposedly signed by Knightley’s agent, Adam Isaacs of MGMT. Entertainment. But when Isaacs was shown the contract, the agent reportedly said, “That is not close to my signature... . Keira is also back in the U.K. with a new baby and under no circumstances does she want to do a play right now.”
Playbill.com reached out to the Canada-based Rubicon Falls Entertaiment for comment. June Entertainment did not have an email, website, or phone contact to obtain comment.