Clay Aiken fans are nothing if not dedicated.
Just check out this report from Buddy TV, which says â€œIdol: The Musicalâ€ is moving to an off-Broadway engagement on Manhattan's 45th street this July. The play, about a group of teens who idolize former contestant Clay Aiken will begin a test run at the 45th Street Theatre on July 5th.
Idol: The Musical 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.'â€
If you ever wanted any proof at how unfathomably big American Idol is in our culture, the existence of a musical based on the worship of a former contestant (who really isn't all that famous, really) is enough to gage its magnitude.