Musical about “cult-like” Clay Aiken fans will be performed Off-Broadway

Idol: The Musical, a play “based on the idol worship of former ‘American Idol’ contestant Clay Aiken,” will debut Off-Broadway this summer, Playbill reports.

The show “is scheduled to begin previews at Off-Broadway’s 45th Street Theatre July 5,” according to Playbill. The show’s press notes say it is

“a satirical musical comedy that focuses on the outrageous and delusional fan base of the hit television show. The musical takes place in Steubenville, Ohio where a group of dork-like students are preparing for their high school graduation after which they are determined to drag themselves out of the dregs of the middle-of-nowhere. There are eight of them; all belonging to the same cult-like club that meets daily in a barn that doubles as a shrine to Clay Aiken. They are actively ridiculed by the rest of Steubenville; a humiliating situation that doesn’t deter their quest for all things Clay. They are victims of A.D.D., Ritalin, their misguided obsessions and their innocent longing for their elusive ’15 minutes.'”

Auditions for people to fill and understudy the roles of those students took place Tuesday, BroadwayWorld.com reports.

Idol: The Musical to Play 45th Street Theatre [Playbill]
‘Idol’ Musical Sets Open Calls for Clay-Loving Characters [BroadwayWorld.com]

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