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New York Court Dismisses ‘Rock of Ages’ Suit Against Consultant

November 18, 2011

Nov. 17 (Bloomberg) -- A lawsuit brought by the producers of the Broadway musical “Rock of Ages” against a consultant was dismissed by a New York State Supreme Court justice.

The producers claimed that Alecia Parker, an associate producer of the long-running revival of “Chicago,” harmed their show by recommending “ill-advised” tours and presenting wrongheaded forecasts that “seriously damaged the musical.”

Parker, according to the lawsuit, compromised the rock musical’s interests to further her own relationships with theater landlords on Broadway and in Toronto.

The case was dismissed on Monday by Justice Bernard Fried.

“They should be ashamed of themselves,” said Judd Burstein, a lawyer for Parker’s employer, National Artists Management Co., in an interview. Namco sued “Rock” for non- payment of consulting fees in July and “Rock” countersued in September, “adopting the maxim that the best defense is a good offense,” Burstein wrote in court papers.

“They launched an attack on a woman with an unblemished record in the theater industry,” he said in the interview. “It was merely a ploy for them to avoid paying what they agreed to pay.”

James Sammataro, a lawyer for “Rock of Ages,” didn’t return calls for comment.

Burstein said “Rock of Ages” owes Namco about $100,000 in unpaid fees. Namco’s suit continues.

The case is National Artists Management Company Inc. v. Rock of Ages Broadway Limited Liability Co., 651880/2011, New York State Supreme Court, New York County (Manhattan).

--Editors: Jeremy Gerard, Mary Romano.

To contact the writer of this story: Philip Boroff in New York at pboroff@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff at mhoelterhoff@bloomberg.net.


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