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EXCLUSIVE: Theater Company Sues Michael Jackson's Estate For Breach Of Contract

Jun. 18 2010, Published 6:30 a.m. ET

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The legal dramas for the executors of Michael Jackson’s are continuing to mount after the theater production company Nederlander Presentations filed a breach of contract lawsuit against the group on Friday afternoon.

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The court papers, which were exclusively obtained by, claim that John Branca, John McClain and 10 other unnamed defendents have broken a contact the King of Pop signed in October 2008 when plans were set in stone to produce a Broadway musical based on his iconic hit, Thriller (referred to as ‘The Play’ in the documents).

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Nederlander Productions alleges that Jackson penned new songs and musical compositions for the show but McClain and Branca have not handed over to them.

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The plaintiff is attempting to legally obtain the previously-unheard songs in the hope that the musical can still hit Broadway in 2011 as Jackson planned.

The theater company filed a prior law suit last March against Jackson’s estate.


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