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Ken Hill's 'Phantom' loses Supreme Court appeal

June 15th 1992 | 347:66
Written for Variety magazine

Washington - The Producers of Ken Hill's musical comedy version of "The Phantom of the Opera" last week lost a Supreme Court appeal aimed at reviving a livel suit against the Boston Globe and two of its writers.

The Globe had criticized ads for the play as possibly misleading the public into thinking the production was the same as the Andrew Lloyd Webber smash hit. The court let stand a ruling that said the producers had not been libeled.

In one of the articles, published in advance of the fall 1989 Boston openings, the Globe's Kevin Kelly quoted the Washington Post as calling Hill's musical "a scandal, a snake-oil job."

The Phantom Touring Co. sued in federal court, but a judge threw out the suit before it reached a jury. The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the judge's decision last January.