'Jersey Boys' sues rival show
Broadway hit Jersey Boys is suing a touring stage production called The Boys, claiming it’s a “copycat,” as Reuters reports. Jersey Boys has been telling the scrappy backstory of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons to packed Broadway audiences since 2005, while The Boys was created by former cast members to pay homage to, according to its website, “the music of an era that lights up every generation … from The Beach Boys to Motown … and of course … The Four Seasons!” The suit accuses The Boys of stealing its songs, texts, overall look, and marketing techniques, claiming copyright infringement. The show’s name is “confusingly similar” to the original, the claim says, and its similar-looking cast photos “a deliberate and willful attempt to create public confusion and foster the misimpression” that the two productions are related. The suit asks for an injunction against future performances as well as $150,000 in damages for each copyrighted song The Boys uses.