April 12, 2010

‘Jersey Boys’ Creators File Suit Against ‘The Boys in Concert’

April 12th, 2010

From today’s New York Post: Frankie Valli, in addition to original Four Seasons’ singer and songwriter Bob Gaudio, and playwrights Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, have filed suit against “The Boys in Concert,” a new touring concert production created by former cast members.

The lawsuit claims “The Boys in Concert” steals songs, stage elements and copyrighted logos to dupe patrons into thinking it’s an “authorized road company” of the long-running Broadway musical.

Read the full story in the New York Post.


  1. Now I know how a ten-year-old must feel when he sees his parents fighting and heading toward divorce.

    This is bad. This is really bad.

    Comment by stubbleyou — April 13, 2010 @ 12:51 am

  2. Who woulda thunk it? Considering all the tribute bands and groups out there paying homage to original artists, I’m sure this would fall into the same category….. I think it is harmless and all the “Boys” are doing is paying tribute to Frankie, the Four Seasons and the current running Jersey Boys companies.

    Comment by Mike B. Magbaleta — April 13, 2010 @ 10:47 am

  3. The six defendants in the lawsuit are Christian Hoff, Drew Gehling, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard, Matthew Scott and J. Robert Spencer.

    From the playbill.com report.

    I agree with the “sad” comments but I’m also wondering, knowing how tight the contract requirements were while they were performing in JB, what discussions they had with the JB “powers” before embarking on this.

    Comment by Jim Schreier — April 13, 2010 @ 11:33 am

  4. I have tickets for a performance this Sunday night. Wonder if…?

    Comment by Brenda — April 13, 2010 @ 1:39 pm

  5. Gotta have all the facts before any conclusions can be drawn. There are nice guys on both sides, but the law is the law, last time I checked. Let’s just all stay fans of all parties, keep open minds and wait until “whatever” is over.

    Comment by Judy W — April 13, 2010 @ 3:17 pm

  6. This is unfortunate, indeed. I truly hope this will end with no lasting hard feelings.

    Comment by Catherine — April 13, 2010 @ 3:58 pm

  7. I also wonder why there would have been no discussions between the parties before the performance was set up. There are many laws governing this type of thing and unfortunately the powers that be have the law on their side. Hopefully this can be settled and the parties remain friends. I think they should be allowe do the songs but certainly not as portrayed in the show. However, since I have not seen this performance I am not sure where the trouble occurred.

    Comment by gladys — April 13, 2010 @ 5:28 pm

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