In the year 2112, Benjamin “Barchy” Genalsikoff, an android Barchetta, explains the tradition-holding ways of the town of Hilltop, and how everyone must play their part in society (“Closer to the Heart”). His nephew, Thomas, is also a Genalsikoff, a name which means “rebelling against tradition.” Thomas is looked down upon by his family due to his ways. He is seen by many as a working peasant (“Working Man”), but each Sunday rebels against the Motor Law. One Sunday, he meets Barchy’s two other nephews, and tells them the story of his previous ride through town (“Red Barchetta”). Unfortunately, he is caught by his strict parents, Samuel and Amanda Genalsikoff, who scold him. Despite Barchy’s protests, Thomas is forbidden from ever visiting his uncle’s farm again, and is sent back home.
At home, Thomas is expected to carry on the family tradition of being a plowsman, but Thomas dreams instead of a greater life where no one is blinded by tradition in the same way that an actor is blinded by fame ("Limelight"). He runs away to go back to Barchy’s farm, only to find that Hilltop has been visited by strange space leaders, led by the arrogant KOKGNAB. Proclaiming themselves to be the modern-day “Tom Sawyer,” they announce that they will rule tyrannically over Hilltop, and Thomas is scared for his life. Needing to find his way out, he leaves for the one place where he can be comfortable: Barchy’s farm. There, he is shocked to see Barchy’s human form get vaporized in front of him.
Stunned by this, Thomas asks Barchy what is going on. Barchy explains to Thomas that he never was a human at all; he is actually an android from the past naked B-CYGNUS-68 who somehow managed to survive, and kept his secret after being forced to do so by the monarchy, who he is on the run from (“The Body Electric”). Shortly after this, he takes on the form of his own Barchetta, in effect making him an android car. The news shocks Thomas, but he affirms that he still loves Barchy and will fight for freewill. Because Barchy is an android, he has a hard drive stored in his car that contains directions to new dimensions. The two manage to drive far away from Hilltop (“Fly By Night”) and into a place that they have never seen before: a place they call the New World of the Peacilion.
Meanwhile, in Hilltop, Thomas’ parents are worried about their sons’ whereabouts, but are unable to search for their son due to them being used as slaves by KOKGNAB. In the New World, Thomas meets a young girl named Marcia, who is a skilled alien fighter, revealing that the aliens that have enslaved Hilltop are part of the Solar Federation, a group of five planets, each with their own alien race: the Geerps, the Yammers, the Syrinx, the By-Tors, and a mysterious fifth alien race. She invites Thomas and Barchy to the selection of the "Third Man of the Peacilion," to which they both agree. When Barchy explains Thomas’ story, the citizens of the New World hail him (“New World Man”) and plan to hold a festival in his honor. The festival is filled with music, and Thomas explains that while he does rebel against the rules, he’s always followed the tradition of never listening to music. Barchy explains to him “The Spirit of the Radio,” and Thomas finds music enjoyable. Marcia is attracted to Thomas’ rebellious nature, and decides to follow him back to Hilltop, where KOKGNAB and the aliens have assumed full control ("Grand Finale-2112").
Under the control of KOKGNAB, the slaves express their dislike and helplessness towards the situation they are in (“Red Sector A”). In Hilltop, Thomas and Barchy are shocked to find everyone enslaved by the aliens. Thomas’ parents see him and beg for help. Upon seeing Barchy, they are in shock, and Thomas promptly reveals Barchy's secret to his parents. This shocks and angers Samuel, who feels as though he was fooled. Despite Barchy and Thomas' protests, Samuel disowns his brother for being "a product against the Motor Law" and tells Thomas that he doesn't deserve to love him the way he does.
Saddened, Thomas runs off and explains to a concerned Marcia his complicated relationship with his father, with Marcia sympathizing with him. Thomas then contacts the citizens of the New World, who unfortunately have not been able to identify the alien race yet. The end of the call contains screams of anguish, confusing Thomas and Barchy. Marcia then explains that half of the population of the New World is under the control of an alien monarchy from a Solar Federation subsidiary. Shocked by this, Thomas and Barchy vow to fight for the New World by defeating KOKGNAB. Left alone, Marcia expresses her desire to end the world of oppressive monarchies (“A Farewell to Kings”).
Thomas, Barchy and Marcia leave Barchy’s farm and are shocked to find Samuel and Amanda doing slave work under KOKGNAB’s control. Seeing how the town of Hilltop is unable to escape from the command of the space leaders due to their traditions, Thomas tries to get his family to rebel (“Something For Nothing”). However, it is in vain, and the family berates him. Unfortunately, this angers KOKGNAB, who decides to go on a killing spree. An epic chase scene between Barchy and KOKGNAB occurs (“Marathon”), but in the end, Barchy is captured and enslaved, to both Thomas and Marcia’s shock.
Finally deciding he has had enough of KOKGNAB, Thomas berates him for enslaving his family, and then inadvertently plays the opening code of “YYZ.” To Thomas’ shock, it decreases the energy of KOKGNAB and frees Barchy, and Thomas realizes that music is supposedly the race's weakness. Barchy and Thomas manage to escape and travel back to the New World after they report this information to the mayor and citizens of the New World. In the New World, Barchy, Thomas and Marcia recieve news from the mayor that the alien race that has invaded Hilltop has been identified as the BNK race, a tyrannical dictatorship from space and the fifth alien race of the Solar Federation that had previously been unknown about. Realizing the danger his family and the citizens of Hilltop are in, Thomas and the others go back to Hilltop (“Fly By Night (reprise)”) and prepare to fight the BNK aliens to defeat them once and for all.
Meanwhile, Amanda begins considering Thomas’ words to her earlier, much to Samuel’s dismay, as he insists on following the Motor Law. Finally having had enough of both the Motor Law and her husband, Amanda stands up to Samuel, asking him if he was right to disown Barchy and follow the law all the time, finally causing Samuel to consider his wife’s position and break down in regret (“The Pass”). Right as Samuel is starting to have second thoughts, KOKGNAB appears- soon followed by Thomas, Barchy, Marcia, and the New World Army. An epic fight scene occurs, in which everybody is freed to the tune of “YYZ” and Thomas is reunited with his regretful parents. In a final stand, Thomas gets the town together and demand they rebel against the authorities. The town states that they can’t, because as horrible as the alien race is, they must follow tradition.
At that moment, Barchy intervenes and reminds them that they live in America. He then proceeds to read an excerpt from the Declaration of Independence (which has been deemed unholy) and finally unlocks something in the town they never knew they had: “Freewill.” Together, the town decides to defeat the alien race and rebel against the authority. The citizens of Hilltop go to confront KOKGNAB, and in the process it is discovered that the true weakness of the BNK race is an exp<b></b>ression of freewill of any kind. By using the power of music (“Anthem”), the BNK race is finally defeated, and the town celebrates their newfound sense of freewill. Over the course of six months, the mayor and citizens of the New World return to their dimension, before invading and defeating the Syrinx race, thereby making the Solar Federation defunct. America once again becomes a democracy, Thomas and Marcia begin dating, Samuel is elected president, and Barchy no longer has to put up a masquerade to the world. With America restored to its former glory, the characters alert the audience that in order to get freedom, they need to fight for it (“Finale: Something for Nothing (reprise)”).
Total runtime: 2hrs, 50min.
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