I don't know if it ruins the plot because I haven't seen the show yet (live in CA). But I have had the off broadway cast album on a "Loop" for a year. After seeing the clip on Late Night I strongly suggest you listen. I now understand all the complaints everyone is posting. I truly do not understand why they didn't work out the balance. Knowing the score made a huge difference for me. Jaquel Spivey has a big voice. It's not his fault. How can a person possibly drown out those drums which sound like they are competing with him, not supporting him. This show is genius and I can't wait to see it. Sure hope they get sound worked out before I do. The Tony nomination is very puzzling.