The producers of Baby It's You, a new Broadway musical about the Shirelles, are being sued for using the names and likenesses of the original members of the early Sixties girl group without permission. Three of the four original Shirelles -- including surviving member Beverly Lee, who owns the trademark to the group's name, and the estates of the deceased Doris Coley Jackson and Addie Harris McPherson -- have filed the lawsuit along with Dionne Warwick, who is also portrayed in the musical.
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The group's lawsuit against Warners Bros. Theater Ventures Inc., Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and Broadway Baby LLC was filed yesterday, the day before the show's official opening on Broadway. Oren Warshavsky, an attorney for the four, told Reuters that this was only a coincidence and that the plaintiffs had been in talks with Warner Bros. for some time but could not resolve their differences.