Valli Files Suit Against Broadway's Jersey Boys
Singer FRANKIE VALLI has filed suit against six former cast members of Broadway show JERSEY BOYS amid allegations they used elements of THE FOUR SEASONS-inspired show for a "copycat" concert tour.
The Four Seasons frontman has teamed up with his bandmate Robert Gaudio, and playwrights Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, to take legal action over The Boys in Concert show.
The lawsuit alleges the production steals songs, stage elements and copyrighted logos to trick ticketholders into thinking the touring group is an "authorised road company" of the long-running musical.
Defendants include Christian Hoff, who won a Tony award for his performance as Tommy DeVito in the original cast production, and Michael Longoria, who previously portrayed Valli.
An excerpt from documents filed in Manhattan federal court, reads, "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 are seeking $150,000 (£93,750) for each of 10 songs performed in The Boys in Concert show, all of the production's profits and unspecified damages for unfair competition and copyright infringement. They are also seeking a court order to end its ongoing U.S. tour, reports the New York Post.