UK man sues over taped music in 'Wizard of Oz' play...and wins

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UK man sues over taped music in 'Wizard of Oz' play...and wins

Fri Jul 10, 2009 @ 03:12PM PST

By Eriq Gardner

WizardTinManClose A British theatergoer has successfully sued a U.K. production of The Wizard of Oz for, get this...failing to use a live orchestra.

Adrian Bradbury took his family to a theater in Salford only to discover that the theater troupe had shockingly replaced real musicians with a tape recording. Bradbury, who is the son of the principal clarinettist of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, sued under the country's "Trade Descriptions Act," a law that forbids false advertising. 

Bradbury only got a refund on his tickets, but imagine all the possible lawsuits if British courts want to interpret the "Trade Descriptions Act" so broadly. 

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