Earlier this year, Ian Pai, an early collaborator of the Blue Man Group, filed suit against the group claiming it had underpaid him for his years of work.
Pai alleges that he made significant artistic contributions to the show in its early days and that he was told the group would “take care of him.” Pai received a percentage ownership in the music and received between $100,000 and $200,000 for many years. Pai now alleges that he discovered in 2014 that the payments were not calculated as they should have been under the controlling agreements. The scheme to underpay him, he claims, was achieved in part through hiding financials and misrepresenting box office receipts. Pai estimates damages at over $125 million.
Recently, the judge hearing the case dismissed Pai’s fraud claims on statute of limitations grounds. Pai’s other claims remain.