Because December is an insane month for me - - and this year I added opening a show to the insanity - - I've been WAY off on reading other blogs.
I tried to catch up a little today and that's why I spotted this item over at The Playgoer.
It seems that the lawsuit filed by the Broadway designers and director of URINETOWN against the Chicago production team has been settled out of court.
According to Variety...
"Chicago team, including director Tom Mullen, has agreed to pay an undisclosed sum to members of the Broadway version of 'Urinetown,' which was staged by helmer John Rando, choreographer John Carrafa, lighting designer Brian MacDevitt and set designer Scott Pask, among others.
"Creatives of 'Urinetown' on the Rialto publicly accused the creators of the Chi production -- as well as the production team from a separate but similar production in Akron, Ohio -- of plagiarism in November 2006."
Although this case has been settled, it doesn't bring any legal decision upon which a theatre director could copyright his or her work.
I wrote about my take on this issue a few different times last year and received some rather heated comments about it.
What I really find interesting is that I haven't read one thing about this in our local theatre publication. Did I miss it? Have any of the local theatre bloggers picked this up?
Funny how when Chicago theatre is tackling Broadway, we can't get away from the hype, but we don't hear a thing when our own are settling out of court after spouting again and again in the media that they most decidedly DID NOT plagiarize and had created their own, unique version of URINETOWN.
I mean, if they didn't copy several elements from the Broadway production and call them their own, wouldn't they be able to win a court case that accused them of plagiarism?
I'm not sayin', I'm just sayin'...
(I can hear the local theatre queens clicking to add a comment as I hit "publish" on this...)