'Anastasia' Broadway Musical Can't Dodge Copyright Suit

By Bill Donahue (January 25, 2017, 3:02 PM EST) -- A Manhattan federal judge on Tuesday refused to toss out a copyright lawsuit filed over a planned "Anastasia" musical on Broadway, saying it was too early to rule on the argument that the suit is trying to monopolize historical facts.

The heirs of playwright Marcelle Maurette, who wrote her own 1952 play on the famous Russian princess, sued Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally in December over the planned musical — an adaptation of the 1997 animated film that's set to debut in April.

McNally and production company Anastasia Musical LLC fired back this week with a strongly-worded motion to dismiss the...

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