Frankie Valli Files Lawsuit Against Boys In Concert Creators Hoff, Longoria, Reichard and More

News   Frankie Valli Files Lawsuit Against Boys In Concert Creators Hoff, Longoria, Reichard and More
The creators and subject of the Tony-winning musical Jersey Boys have filed a lawsuit against The Boys in Concert, a new touring concert production created by former cast members of the aforementioned Broadway musical.

The Boys in Concert promotional art
The Boys in Concert promotional art

News of the lawsuit was first reported in the New York Post.

Plaintiffs in the lawsuit include 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 comprise former Jersey Boys actors Tony winner Christian Hoff, Drew Gehling, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard, Matthew Scott and J. Robert Spencer.

The lawsuit claims 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 plaintiffs, according to the Post, are seeking a court order to end the tour as well as $150,000 for ten of the tunes ("Let's Hang On," "Cry for Me," "Beggin'," "My Eyes Adored You," "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You," "December 1963," "Bye Bye Baby," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Candy Girl" and "Sherry") performed in the concert as well as unspecified damages and all of the profits from the tour. The official website for the Boys in Concert describes the production as such: "The Boys in Concert celebrate the music of an era that lights up every generation. Music from The Beach Boys to Motown... and of course... The Four Seasons! As the Jersey Boys, they recorded a Grammy Award winning, platinum selling album, performed at Radio City Music Hall, Carnegie Hall, The U.S. Open, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the 62nd and 63rd Annual Tony Awards and The New York City Marathon. They have made personal appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman, Regis and Kelly and Dick Clark's New Years Rockin' Eve. Now they are rocking audiences from coast to coast."

The Boys in Concert, the lawsuit says, has been performed in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Atlantic City. Concerts, according to the tour's website, are currently scheduled through Oct. 16 in nearly 20 venues.

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