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April 13, 2010

“Jersey Boys” sues Rival Show

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – Producers of the blockbuster Broadway hit “Jersey Boys” have sued a touring stage show called “The Boys,” labeling it a “copycat” production that competes unfairly with the original musical.

“Jersey Boys” tells the rags-to-riches tale of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons and has been one of Broadway’s highest grossing shows since it premiered there in 2005.

“The Boys” was created by former cast members of the original production, and says on its website it celebrates “the music of an era that lights up every generation. Music from The Beach Boys to Motown…and of course…The Four Seasons!”

“The Boys” ripped off the original production’s songs and texts, the suit said, and copied its overall look, staging and marketing techniques for their performances in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Atlantic City, New Jersey.

The lawsuit, which claims copyright infringement, was filed in Manhattan federal court late last week and made available to the public on Monday.

Court documents also said the name “The Boys” was “confusingly similar” to the “Jersey Boys” name.

The production’s use of a similar cast photograph and advertising materials were, “a deliberate and willful attempt to create public confusion and foster the misimpression” that the two shows are “associated or connected,” the suit said.

“Jersey Boys” called for an injunction against further performances of “The Boys” that make use of copyrighted or too similar materials, and asked for $150,000 in damages for each copyrighted song “The Boys” might have used.

“The Boys” business manager Ken Wirth was not immediately available for comment.

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Jersey Boys Sets New Box Office Record for Second Time in Charlotte

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The Charlotte, NC engagement Jersey Boys broke the box office record for the second time at the Belk Theatre, for the week ending April 11, 2010. The hit musical grossed $1,240,430.00, breaking its own record set the week ending April 4!

On Broadway, Jersey Boys grossed $871,955 and had a 98.6% attendance rate. Due to the electrical fire on 52nd Street, JB was forced to cancel the evening performance on Tuesday, April 6 and the matinee performance on Wednesday, April 7.

The 33 shows on the boards grossed $22,531,015 for the week, slipping nearly 4% from the previous week.

Below are the Top 10 Grosses from for the week ending April 11, 2010.

1. Wicked $1,678,013
2. The Lion King $1,530,532
3. Billy Elliot: The Musical $1,261,412
4. The Addams Family $1,240,377
5. Mary Poppins $1,209,406
6. The Phantom of the Opera $1,098,352
7. West Side Story $1,066,638
8. Mama Mia! $973,906
9. A Little Night Music $872,822
10. Jersey Boys $871,955 (6 performances)