Alleges concert unfairly competes with Broadway musical
The creators of Broadway hit “Jersey Boys” are suing a touring show featuring former “Boys” performers, alleging the concert unfairly copies elements of the musical.“The Boys in Concert” sees four “Jersey Boys” alums — Tony winner Christian Hoff, Daniel Reichard, J. Robert Spencer and Michael Longoria — performing songs by the Four Seasons, the group whose history and catalog is chronicled in the Broadway musical “Jersey Boys” as well as other vintage baby-boomer hits. The lawsuit alleges copyright infringement and notes that the title of the concert is deliberately misleading to consumers who may assume the event is in some way affiliated with the Broadway production. Complaint calls for an injunction against the use of disputed material and asks to be awarded damages for the use of some songs. The concert — which has already played New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Atlantic City — has a schedule of about 20 dates lined up. The manager of the tour did not return calls for a response to the allegations.