1986 – The producers of Broadway’s Beatlemania are ordered

Beatlemania

1986 – The producers of Broadway’s Beatlemania are ordered to pay $10 million to the Beatles’ Apple Corps Ltd. because the show is deemed too much like the Beatles.

Beatlemania was a Broadway musical revue focused on the life and music of The Beatles. Advertised as “Not the Beatles, But an Incredible Simulation,” it ran from 1977 to 1979 for a total of 1006 performances. It won the 1978 Tony Award for “Best Lighting Design” by designer Jules Fisher.

History
The show began previews on May 26, 1977 at New York City’s Winter Garden Theatre and ran until October 17, 1979 for a total of 1006 performances. After October 17 1979, the “Beatlemania Bus and Truck tour” began, running until 1983 and touring across the United States and worldwide. A lawsuit by the Beatles company “Apple Corps LTD” was officially what ended the show (after a lawsuit regarding back payment for copyright infringement).

During its run, the show moved to the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre and finally the Palace Theatre.

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