Frankie Valli Drops Lawsuit Against Former Jersey Boys Stars

News   Frankie Valli Drops Lawsuit Against Former Jersey Boys Stars A lawsuit filed in April by the creators and subject of the Tony-winning musical Jersey Boys has been dropped, according to The New York Post.

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As previously reported, the lawsuit was filed against the stars of The Boys in Concert, a new touring concert production created by former cast members of the aforementioned Broadway musical.

Plaintiffs in the lawsuit included Jersey Boys Broadway L.P., The Four Seasons Partnership, singer Frankie Valli and Jersey Boys librettists Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice and composer Robert Gaudio. The defendants comprised former Jersey Boys actors Tony winner Christian Hoff, Drew Gehling, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard, Matthew Scott and J. Robert Spencer.

The lawsuit claimed that the concert tour attempts to fool ticket buyers into thinking that Boys in Concert is an "authorized road company" of the Tony-winning Broadway musical.

The suit states, "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 New York Post now reports that famed singer Valli has agreed to end the litigation with the condition that the actors cease calling themselves The Boys in Concert. The artists have 30 days to rename their show in a way that does not "trade off of" the Broadway musical Jersey Boys. The tour website, located at www.sixtieslive.com, now states the actors' names, followed by Live in Concert! with the billing "Reuniting 4 Stars From the Original Broadway Cast of Jersey Boys!"

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In July it had been announced that original Jersey Boys stars Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and J. Robert Spencer had 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.

The countersuit claims that Valli, Gaudio and the producers of Jersey Boys have used "bully tactics" in an "effort to injure the livelihood and the reputations" of their former stars.

The  countersuit, according to the July 13 statement, contains "allegations of improper threats toward members of their backup band and wrongful interference with promoters and venues and seeks over a million dollars together with punitive damages." According to the pleading, "Hoff, Longoria, Reichard and Spencer have refused to buckle to bogus charges . . .[They are] holding firm to their legal right to sing the songs that they love . . . [and to] fairly describe who they are."

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