Tuesday, August 28, 2007

I hope it really is a satire



Apparently there is a musical based on an American Idol theme; you can get a synopsis here.

I think there's great potential in this material, but if they really want to drive the point home (if indeed there is a point), they should pull out all the stops. I mean, just go over the top. You know, tease out all of the subtextual associations that go along with the word "idol": virgin sacrifice, Indiana Jones, badly chanting Hollywood "natives," cannibalism, whatever. Throw Clay Aiken (or whoever) in the middle of that and see what you get.

(Jeff, any scoop on what this actually is, or whether it's any good?)

1 comment:

Jeff said...

From Playbill:

"The Aug. 12 opening night of Idol: The Musical - based on the fan worship of former "American Idol" contestant Clay Aiken - was also the show's closing night."

"The new musical, which began previews July 5, has closed. A press statement issued Aug. 13 reads, "Todd Ellis, the producer of 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."

Daniel Tursi directed Idol, which had replaced its entire cast during previews."



So, I say, based on the above... it never had a chance. :-)

A few more reviews:

http://newtheatercorps.blogspot.com/2007/08/idol-musical.html

From the Ledger:

The pathetic little off-off-Broadway musical that opened yesterday at the 45th Street Theatre will soon perish of its own wretchedness without any help from the critics. So why stomp upon a miserable newborn?

Or this one:

Idol: The Musical, just opened at the 45th Street Theater in a cloud of mustiness so thick you might expect it to center on a competition called Vaudeville Idol.