By Andrew Gans
and Zachary Pincus-Roth
02 Jul 2008
|Photo by Aubrey Reuben|
A July 2 statement released by the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers says that the parties involved in "Carousel Dinner Theatre v. Carrafa, at al." have settled their differences in the case that was pending before the Federal Court in the Northern District of Ohio.
According to a statement, "The Carousel Dinner Theatre, Sean Cercone, Brian Loeffler, Jennifer Cody, Robert Kovach, Dale Dibernardo, and Paul Black (collectively, the 'Akron Production Team') acknowledge that there were similarities in creative, original elements between the Akron production of Urinetown: The Musical and the Broadway production of director John Rando, choreographer John Carrafa, lighting designer Brian MacDevitt, costume designer Gregory Gale, and scenic and environmental designer Scott Pask (the 'Broadway Production Team'). The Akron Production Team also acknowledges creative contributions from the Akron cast."
The Akron Production Team will pay an undisclosed sum to the Broadway Production Team for a license to use elements of the Broadway production that were incorporated into the Akron staging. Both parties, according to the statement, "regret any embarrassment or negative inferences caused by or resulting from this dispute. . . The parties [also] regret any suggestion that anyone associated with either group acted maliciously."
The Carousel Dinner Theatre then sued the Broadway team. The suit, filed Nov. 22, 2006, in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, asked the court to declare that the Akron production was "not substantially similar" to the Broadway production and did not violate any laws. "We want an acknowledgement that the work done in Akron was original and didn't violate anybody's creative rights," Terrence L. Seeberger, a lawyer for the Akron production, said at the time.
The Chicago lawsuit was settled in November 2007.