Jersey Boys Tour

When Broadway stars Christian Hoff, Daniel Reichard, Michael Longoria and J. Robert Spencer decided to go on a concert tour following the Broadway success of “Jersey Boys”, which depicts the story of real life band Four Seasons, the creative team of the said musical headed by playwrights Rick Elice and Marshall Brickman along with Four Seasons’ Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio decided that such a move deserves a lawsuit.

Brickman and the rest of the musical’s execs, along with Four Seasons members and show producer Dodger Theatricals filed the lawsuit in March to prohibit Hoff and company to go through the “Boys in Concert” tour.  According the complaint, the said tour tends to confuse audiences thinking that the tour is connected to the Broadway musical since the quartet, who previously portrayed the four lead characters in the original production of the musical, were performing hit songs from the ‘60s to ‘70s, some of which were also performed in the musical, along with a few tracks as popularized by the Four Seasons.

Last week, it was the former “Jersey Boys” leads who took the case to court by filing a counter affidavit citing the opposing camp’s actions as “motivated by petty vindictiveness and malice” as they tried to legally prohibit the four singers to perform any song that is connected or in reference to the musical or to cite any references from the musical of which they starred in for so many years, by “using bully tactics better suited for the schoolyard”.

So yes, the “frat war” is on – and it’s schoolyard tactics versus a misleading concert material.  And so far, schoolyard tactics lead the “war” by a good margin as the tour is currently halted, but the concert boys are not backing down.

In the counter affidavit they filed last week, the boys are trying to gain an injunction that would allow them to legally sing and talk about whatever while on tour and legally play whenever and wherever without worrying about their previous “Jersey Boys” bosses.  They are also seeking for damages of $1 Million or more and a jury trial.

The “Jersey Boys” camp declined to give a comment about the issue.

By Jacob Messner On July 14, 2010