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In the suit, filed in the New York State Supreme Court Tuesday (April 26), Warwick, three former members of the group the Shirelles and R&B singer Chuck Jackson are accusing the musical of using their likeness without permission. According to the grievance, the Broadway production is "cashing in" by using the singer's "names, likenesses, and biographical information without their consent."
The lawsuit, which names Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Warner Bros. Entertainment and Broadway Baby, goes on to state that the group was "cheated out of their royalties when they were young and popular [and] are now victimized again."
Created by Tony Award nominated duo Floyd Mulrux and Colin Escort, the musical is inspired by the true story of Florence Greenberg, a New Jersey housewife that discovered the all-female singing group, who became popular in the 1960s. Tony Award winner Beth Level stars in the two-hour and 20-minute production showcasing several pop and rock 'n' roll classics like '16 Candles,' 'Shout,' 'It's My Party' and 'Dedicated to the One You Love.'
Despite their suit, Warwick and the other plaintiffs are not looking to halt production of the Broadway musical. 'Baby It's You' is playing at Manhattan's Broadhurst Theater on West 44th St.
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