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Gennaro v. Rosenfield

600 F. Supp. 485 (1984)

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Gennaro v. Rosenfield

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

600 F. Supp. 485 (1984)

Facts

Harold Fielding, producer of the London stage adaptation of the film Singin’ in the Rain, sought the services of an established choreographer, Peter Gennaro (plaintiff). Gennaro accepted the job on the condition that Gennaro would have the option to choreograph the American version of the same musical, which Maurice Rosenfield (defendant) planned to produce. A letter signed by Rosenfield outlined the agreement. However, the letter contemplated the creation of a later contract to formalize the terms. That contract was never made. The London version of the musical opened and was successful. Rosenfield then began work on the American production but did not ask Gennaro whether he wished to choreograph it. Gennaro brought suit, seeking a preliminary injunction that would prevent Rosenfield from engaging the services of a choreographer other than Gennaro for the American production. Gennaro alleged irreparable harm in the form of damage to his reputation and atrophy of his professional skills.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Goettel, J.)

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