Sunday 23 July 2017

Michael Flatley being sued for breach of contract over accusations of $42k 'unpaid bill for PR services' for Broadway show

Michael Flatley and company perform on stage during the
Michael Flatley and company perform on stage during the "Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games" Broadway opening night at the Lyric Theatre on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/WireImage)
Dancer Michael Flatley (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images)
Michael Flatley with his wife Niamh. Photo: Arthur Carron
(L-R) Dancer/choreographer Michael Flatley, son Michael St. James Flatley and wife Niamh O'Brien attend the "Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games" Broadway opening night at the Lyric Theatre on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/WireImage)
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Michael Flatley with wife Niamh. Photo:Sean Curtin FusionShooters.
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Papers have been lodged against Michael Flatley and his Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games show accusing the star of breach of contract for unpaid fees for public relations services.

Mr Flatley, whose troupe performed at US President Donald Trump's Liberty Ball on inauguration night on Friday, is being sued by Broadway firm O&M Co., it has been reported.

In papers lodged in the New York Supreme Court, the New York's Page Six reports that the Manhattan-based firm claims "$42,246.56 in fees and expenses for public relations and theatrical press agent services" were not paid.

LOTD: Dangerous Games was Mr Flatley's last show before retiring and toured from 2015-2016. The show was performed on Broadway from November 2015 to January 2016 at the Lyric Theater and no problems with the PR services provided were made.

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According to the court papers, "Between approximately October 11, 2015 and January 2, 2016, Plaintiff sent Defendants invoices for Plaintiff’s remuneration and expenses as agreed upon for a total of approximately $42,246.56, no part of which has been paid."

O&M President Rick Miramontez told the paper: "We provide our services in good faith, and we’ve been blessed to work for an amazing roster of responsible and appreciative clients.

"Pursuing legal action is an absolute last resort and we do everything we can to avoid it."

According to the Post, the suit names an additional three production companies association with the show.

Michael Flatley introduces Lord of the Dance during Trump's inauguration
Michael Flatley introduces Lord of the Dance during Trump's inauguration

Meanwhile, before Lord of the Dance took to the stage of the Washington Convention Center, Mr Flatley told the Irish Independent he thought it was a "great honour" to perform at Trump's inauguration ball and refused to be drawn into the controversy over the Washington inauguration ceremonies which a significant number of US entertainers asked not to be part of.

"We have performed for many presidents," he told the Irish Independent. "It is always a great honour to be asked."

"This is a very special night and it is a great honour to be invited to be part of it."

Independent.ie has reached out to a representative for Mr Flatley for comment.

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