If you are going to change something that is already near-perfect, you better have a good enough improvement plan to make it BETTER. Cramming 1/2 baked songs and songs that don't belong and changing the lyrics and cutting up the show does not make it BETTER. It loses a little heart and it definitely loses the human connection.
The performers in the show tonight were very talented (the music was a little overpowering at times, so their voices were drowned out), but I just couldn't connect with the show emotionally. I'm so disappointed because I have been looking forward to this show for YEARS and now, I just can't wait to be done with it. Bummer.
Don't let my irritation deter you if you are going - like I said, the talent is enormous. And, most people haven't been listening to the Original Broadway Cast recording for more than 1/2 their life. You probably won't even notice that it is different. I'm a purist. It's a curse.