Andrew Lloyd Webber's lawyers have fired off a legal warning to the producers of a Kardashians parody for using songs from his musical Cats.
The composer and theatre mogul has taken issue with the officials of off-Broadway comedy show Katdashians! Break the Musical!, which mocks the reality TV family in a story about "Internet famous cats torn apart by fame, family, and friskies!"
The production also contained songs which parody those written by Webber for Cats, and his legal team sent off a letter warning the producers to remove them from the show or they would have to file a damages claim for “continued willful infringement on our client’s rights".
"It is clear that the production is not a parody of ‘Cats’," his legal team said, according to New York Post gossip column Page Six. "Our client’s property is being extensively misappropriated... to parody another subject matter entirely.”
"We were pretty shocked,” co-creator Tobly MCSmith told the website about the legal pressure. “We are fans of Webber and his work... We thought he’d enjoy the parodies we did of his songs, but apparently he did not.”
His lawyer Robert Hantman added, “While we disagree with (Webber’s) position, it would be foolish to burden the court, but we are inviting all judges to see the show for free and decide on their own.”
The songs were removed by Monday night's (27Jun16) show and replaced with original songs. A representative from Webber's company Really Useful Group said they were pleased with the cooperation and urged Cats fans to see the real musical on Broadway.
The former Pussycat Doll starred in the U.K. revival but dropped out of the transfer to judge Britain's The X Factor.