Baby It’s You! tells the story of the ’60s group the Shirelles and the woman who managed them.
But, baby, it’s them who are getting sued.
I’ve just been told that lawyers have lodged a suit on behalf of Beverly Lee of the Shirelles, Dionne Warwick, Chuck Jackson, and others “for unauthorized use of names, images and biographical information.”
Says the report:
“The complaint alleges that the play, opening at the Broadhurst Theater in Manhattan on Wednesday, April 27, 2011, makes use of the details within the individual history and styling of these nationally treasured, lifetime artists.
“We believe that the producers of ‘Baby, It’s You,’ the Defendants, should not receive financial gain or other benefits from the use of these great artists’ lives and success without having consent to do so,” said [the lawyer] Mr. Warshavsky.
“It is disappointing that the producers of the play would simply piggy-back on the careers of these original artists without asking permission at all, let alone without sufficiently compensating the people without whom there would be no Broadway story, original music or iconic styling,” Mr. Warshavsky said.
Ouch. Will you still love this show tomorrow?