Cathy Rigby, the former Olympic gymnast turned stage actress, is being sued for millions of dollars by a composer who claims that he hasn't been properly paid for his work on a production of
Composer Craig Barna is claiming that McCoy Rigby Entertainment has breached its contract with him and has continued using music he created and orchestrated for the show without properly compensating him, according to court papers obtained by The Times.
He is also arguing that the company has wrongly licensed his work to other theater companies, and that conductor Keith Levenson, who worked on "Peter Pan," has been passing off the music and orchestrations as his own.
In all, the musician is seeking $2 million from the defendants, according to the suit that was filed Monday in the Supreme Court of the state of New York.
Rigby and her husband, Tom McCoy, run McCoy Rigby Entertainment, which is based in Yorba Linda and presents stage musicals and plays at the 1,250-seat La Mirada theater. The actress has appeared in numerous stagings of "Peter Pan" over the years, but the version in contention was a touring version that began in 2004.
The composer is also claiming that Rigby's company subsequently used his music without permission for a later "Peter Pan" tour that began in 2011.
A lawyer representing all of the defendants denied the musician's claims. "We're confident that the proof will show that Barna's action has no merit whatsoever," said Santo Borruso.