BroadwayWorld.com reports that Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and J. Robert Spencer – all stars from the original cast of Broadway’s JERSEY BOYS – are fighting back against Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice and the producers of JERSEY BOYS – Dodger Theatricals, Ltd. and Jersey Boys Broadway L.P. – in what a new statement says is “an effort to defend their right to continue to thrill audiences with concerts that are, and always have been, purely an evening of music from multiple iconic groups of the 1960s, and of reminiscences of their Broadway experiences.”
The statement goes on to read that:”The JERSEY BOYS stars are also vigorously defending their right to fairly reference their former association with the show and have retained the highly respected firm of Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, LLP to represent them. “These four incredibly talented men have earned the legal right, through years of toil and artistic effort (including a Tony award for Mr. Hoff) to tell audiences of the historically accurate fact that they were stars in JERSEY BOYS,” says entertainment attorney Howard Weller, handling the case in the firm’s New York office. “It is also completely false and, frankly, ridiculous to suggest – as Valli, Gaudio and the producers of JERSEY BOYS have – that our clients are performing a copycat show of JERSEY BOYS. They sing songs from the 1960s that include some Four Seasons hits, and that doesn’t duplicate JERSEY BOYS any more than John Coltrane’s rendition of â€˜My Favorite Things’ copied The Sound of Music.”
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