Big girls don’t cry, but “Jersey Boys” sure do fight. After being slapped with a copyright-infringement suit in April, several former cast members of the Broadway musical have filed a counterclaim against the show’s producers seeking at least $1 million in damages, the New York Times reports.
The original suit alleged the former cast members created a tour that capitalized on their connection with, as well as the music from, “Jersey Boys.” Both shows features songs popularized by The Four Seasons and other memorable pop tracks from the 60s and 70s.
The counterclaim, filed last week, bashes members of the musical’s production team, including former Four Seasons members Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio, for “using bully tactics better suited for the schoolyard” in filing the suit over the tour, called “The Boys on Tour.” The former cast members claim they have a right to profit from their association with the show because it’s “historically accurate” that they used to play the Jersey Boys onstage.
In addition to seeking damages, the former cast members also are fighting for the right to continue their tour.