"Oz, the Musical" Parents angry at Plainview native - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/20/10

"Oz, the Musical" Parents angry at Plainview native on American Idol

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NASHVILLE, TN (AP) - The success of an "American Idol" contestant is causing a stir among parents who are complaining they never received refunds for fees in a failed musical production Plainview native Todrick Hall wrote and directed. 

On Tuesday, Hall made it into the top 24 on "American Idol", but this time last year, he was involved in a national tour of "Oz, the Musical".  When the production went belly up, auditions had already been held in several cities and parents had paid a $50 performing fee for their children to be in the show.

In cities that included Nashville, TN, Lakeland, FL, and Pittsburgh, PA parents say they never received a refund.  Dallas businessman Greg Money said in an interview that he was responsible for the show's finances. He said "Oz" was not a scam. It simply ran out of money.

Reached by phone on Friday, Hall said "American Idol" rules do not allow him to participate in interviews, however, he did generally confirm Money's account of events. 

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