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PROLOGUE – JUNKYARD NIGHT CLUB

During her farewell performance at Junkyard, Kioko tells the audience they are about to witness a Live Transmission. Anna, a long-time fan, is in the pit. Kioko brings her on stage, and they sing together. The Overture begins leaving Anna in a dream while the nightclub transforms into the offices of Junk Inc. the next morning.

ACT ONE

SCENE ONE – JUNK INC. CORPORATE OFFICES

The Temps hustle around the office preparing the latest issue of Junk Weekly. Martina and Hannes, two Junk Inc. executives, lament Kioko’s recent suicide and wonder, with the death of their favorite transgender sushi chef/performance artist, How To Find A Decent Sushi Bar. Anna shows up late with everyone’s coffee orders just as Ernie, the CEO of Junk Inc., enters the building (Here Comes the Man). Ernie invites the employees up to a Penthouse Party and asks Anna if her band, The MetroJets, would like to play at Junkyard that night (Junkyard Commercial Spot). Ernie orders Martina and Hannes to continue preparations for his book launch and tells Anna that with Kioko gone the event needs a new headlining act (Scheduled Obsolescence).

SCENE TWO – ANNA’S DESK

Max, the office janitor, watches Anna as she notifies her band-mates of the new gig (God Bless Free Radio). He cleans while she rushes to finish her work so she can get ready for the show (This is Junk). Max unknowingly reaches to throw away a stack of Anna’s fliers (In Your Hand, My Fliers). Anna stops him and tells him of her rock star dreams. She invites him to the MetroJets Premiere Concert. Kioko appears in the shadows, Anna’s guiding light and guardian angel.

SCENE THREE – JUNK INC. PENTHOUSE PARTY

Martina is setting up for the penthouse party. She tells the crew if they want to succeed in life they should Be Like Martina. Ernie arrives at the party to unveil his inspirational autobiography, assuring everyone that if there’s anything they need to know, It’s All In The Book. The Temps, now tipsy from the party, joke about what their lives would be like if they had “remedial” jobs while Hannes privately laments his restlessness (Working With My Hands) (And the Wall). Hannes leaves the party in a huff, and Martina follows him out (PM Lattes). Hannes tells her that he’s been depressed and disenchanted with his life, but Martina just brushes it off. Hannes realizes he’s been trapped in a Designer Dream. In a panic he tears off his clothes and runs out of the party, knocking over Ernie’s book display. At the same time, we see a ghostly memory of Kioko backstage at Junkyard, breaking down in front of her dressing room mirror.

SCENE FOUR – ANNA’S DESK

Anna’s band-mates, Cindo and Jessi, come to the office to pick up the fliers (Metzo-Jets). Just as they are about to leave, Max bursts in confessing his love for Anna and asking her to run away with him. Anna is flattered and considers the proposal but insists they wait until after the MetroJets show (Cottage Cheese). When Cindo and Jessi leave, Anna opens up to Max (Pudgy). Max explains how inspiring she is, but this only makes Anna feel more insecure.

SCENE FIVE – UNISEX RESTROOMS AT JUNK INC.

Retreating to the privacy of the unisex restroom, Anna resists the urge to purge and sings a soliloquy about the trials she’s overcome (Orange Peel). Hannes enters the restroom to collect himself, then leaves. As Anna is about to step out, Ernie comes in with a MetroJets flier and explains that his offer to let Anna play his club was conditional (Anybody Home?). She resists, but relents. Max is right outside. He hears everything and does nothing. Ernie gloats over his triumph. (No Sunny Days).

ACT TWO

ENTR’ACTE – THE OUTSKIRTS OF THE CITY

We are shown the full reaches of Junk Inc., from waste management company to manufacturing plant to media monopoly. A projected video montage reveals the environmental decay and economic collapse that brought this near-future city to its apocalyptic state, and enabled Ernie’s Hostile Takeover.

SCENE ONE – JUNK INC. CORPORATE OFFICES

Junk News Network cameras follow Martina and Ernie as they gear up for the evening’s events (Here Comes the Man II). Back at his office, Ernie takes Hannes aside and, describing the lifestyle of the unemployed, asks him Would You Rather Be Here Or Be There? He leaves Hannes to contemplate his fate (Here Comes The Man II Reprise).

SCENE TWO – BACKSTAGE AT JUNKYARD

Anna storms into Junkyard, and Max takes to the streets, both of them wondering What Have I Done and Why Did I Do It? Max vows to avenge Ernie for his abusive power. Kioko tries to comfort her from the spirit world but is unable to connect. Alone again, Anna realizes her true feelings for Max (MetroJets Premiere Concert Reprise).

SCENE THREE – THE OUTSKIRTS OF THE CITY

Max walks the streets. Cold and infuriated, he declares his own class war (Do You Really Think That You Deserve All The Money That You Earn?). When he arrives to his shantytown, Max hatches a plan and begins rifling through piles of scrap metal. His neighbors look on in curious support while everyone back in the city center gets ready for the big event at Junkyard (Here Comes The Weekend).

SCENE FOUR – BACKSTAGE AND ONSTAGE AT JUNKYARD

Inside Junkyard Martina gets the party started (World Going Wrong). Backstage, Anna is having second thoughts about going on stage, especially when Max is nowhere in sight. Cindo and Jessi remind her that the MetroJets are not about boys and fame (We Intend To Rock The Revolution). Anna finds the guts to go on stage, declaring that in love, life, and music we are All Free Agents. The MetroJets are cut off by Ernie, who steals the show just as their set gets started (Skyscraper).

SCENE FIVE – BACKSTAGE AT JUNKYARD

Anna, Cindo, and Jessi are back stage, furious. Martina comes to check up on them, unsure of what went wrong. Hannes is blamed for cutting the set short, and Ernie arrives gloating about his performance (Very Nice Intro). Anna tells off Ernie, and Martina tears into Hannes (Very Nice). Humiliated, Ernie demands that the floorshow begin immediately (Floorshow, Goddamit!).

SCENE SIX – JUNKYARD AND THE CITY OUTSKIRTS

The Junkyard dancers begin their floorshow while Max, on the edge of town, builds a suit of armor made from junk. He arrives at the club and enters through the stage door, stumbling on amidst the dancers, who struggle to incorporate him into the action (Who’s That Man?). Above the stage a ghostly Kioko reenacts her glorious final performance, an aerial seppuku. Max finds Ernie in the crowd and shoots him from the stage. Martina Says that his death was in vain. Max defends his actions (Everything He Touches, He Takes) and attempts to liberate Anna and the rest by launching into an absurd pop-punk jingle about the disposable nature of their existence (Junk). Everyone but Martina buys into the excitement. JNN News goes live with their cameras, and a Junk-funded SWAT team barricades the club (Breaking News!). An electrical fire starts a panic as club-goers rush to escape (Keyboard Wizard). A stage truss falls on Max, crushing him beneath his suit of junk armor. Anna tries to save him but is pulled from the burning club by her band mates. Junkyard goes up in flames with Max trapped inside.

SCENE SEVEN – JUNK INC. CORPORATE OFFICES

Back at the offices the following Monday, the Temps continue their hustle like lemmings (Glycemic Index), eagerly awaiting the arrival of The New Man. When Hannes ends up in charge, Martina calls it quits.

SCENE EIGHT – THE CITY OUTSKIRTS

Somewhere on the outskirts of the city, Anna heads off on her own. Haunted by the deaths of Kioko, Ernie, and Max—and emboldened by her own survival—Anna declares, “There must be more to life than this!” (Los Reyes).

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