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Idol: The Musical – Hits Sour Note

NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — It may be a television blockbuster but an off-Broadway musical inspired by hit TV singing contest American Idol hasn't won any fans.

Sunday's opening night of Idol: The Musical was also its closing night.

Producer Todd Ellis, who came up with the concept for the Idol: The Musical, "has chosen to close the show 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," a statement issued Monday read.

Producers of the ensemble production had already replaced its entire cast — without explanation — during the show's preview period, which began in July.

Dubbed a "satirical musical comedy," Idol: The Musical told the story of an eclectic band of high schoolers who are united by their passion for American Idol and devotion to past runner-up Clay Aiken. The misfits are delighted when they hear the pop crooner is set to visit their town during an Idol tour.

The musical was scrapped following 47 preview performances and one regular show.