The producer of a musical based on the life of Ray Charles is taking legal action against the show's primary investor over allegations he committed fraud.
The music legend's longtime friend Stuart Benjamin, who produced the Oscar-winning 2004 biopic Ray, has filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court claiming Maurice Grant failed to invest the $9 million (£6 million) he promised to help launch Ray Charles Live! on Broadway.
Benjamin alleges Grant's first cheque for $150,000 (£100,000) didn't clear, while an installment of $2 million (£1.3 million) due in February (10) never came through.
He also claims to have fallen into debt after he was forced to use his own money to keep the production afloat.
Benjamin also turned down offers from other lenders interested in backing the show because Grant had asked to retain power as the primary investor.
He is suing for fraud, deceit and breach of fiduciary duty, and demanding at least $20 million (£13.3 million) in damages, according to Reuters.
Benjamin's lawsuit is not the first setback for the show - it was due to begin previews in October (10) but bosses were forced to postpone it until next spring (11) due to "logistical reasons". It will open at New York's Shubert Theatre.