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Last Updated: Tuesday, 14 August 2007, 07:05 GMT 08:05 UK
Idol musical shuts after one show
American Idol judges Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell
Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell are judges on American Idol
A Broadway show which was based on the hit reality TV programme American Idol has closed after its first official night on stage in New York.

Idol: The Musical, which was dubbed a "satirical musical comedy", was originally previewed in July.

By the end of the month the entire cast had been replaced without explanation and fresh previews began on 1 August.

Producer Todd Ellis said he had scrapped the show "due to a lack of advance ticket sales".

He added that a "lack of positive feedback from audience members and critics and a lack of sustainable financial resources" had also fuelled his decision to close the show.

Earlier this month, American Idol judge Simon Cowell announced he was going to make a movie set behind the scenes of a TV talent show.

The film, currently titled Star Struck, will tell the fictional story of 10 contestants in a singing competition.

Cowell will help pick the lead characters from open auditions like those used on American Idol.

In May, 17-year-old Jordin Sparks became the youngest ever winner of the show.


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