Maguire's book is complex, overwhelming, philosophical, overwrought... but I loved it all, maybe because somehow once upon a time (last summer) I found a way to read the entire text.
The musical tells the story of two unlikely best friends, mixing themes of human/civil rights, free speech, history as "truth" of the victor, popularity, etc. So I understand that the deviations from Maguire's book story served the purposes of theatre and stage, while still exploring important themes from the book. The set was gorgeous, but I didn't take any pics inside (yeah, I learned my legal lesson from a theatre director's comment to my post about his play). We sat in the sixth row from the orchestra, center!!! We were SO close - I studied (without squinting) the facial expressions of the actors, then worried about missing out on the "bigger picture" and other parts of the stage.
Bonus - our 9th wedding anniversary is July 17, so attending the show at Shea's and dinner afterwards was our anniversary "date"!