August 13, 2007 / 11:07 PM / 10 years ago

Idol-inspired musical voted off after one night

<p>File photo shows Paula Abdul (L) and Randy Jackson, judges on "American Idol", accepting the award the show won for favorite TV show at the 2007 Kids' Choice Awards in Los Angeles, March 31, 2007. A musical inspired by the hit reality television show "American Idol" has been voted off the stage in New York -- closing one day after officially opening off Broadway.Fred Prouser</p>

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A musical inspired by the hit reality television show "American Idol" has been voted off the stage in New York -- closing one day after officially opening off Broadway.

"Idol: The Musical," touted as a "satirical musical comedy that focuses on the outrageous and delusional fan base of the hit television show," closed on Monday after two casts, 47 preview performances and one regular show.

Producer Todd Ellis said in a statement that he closed the production "due to a lack of advance ticket sales, a lack of positive feedback from audience members and critics and a lack of sustainable financial resources."

The $60-a-ticket show began previews on July 5 with the original cast from Syracuse, New York, where it was performed earlier this year. But by the end of July the 10-member cast had been replaced, without explanation, and fresh previews began on August 1 ahead of the opening night on August 12.

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