BACKGROUND AND SYNOPSIS
Eddie and the Palaceades got their start and their name at the Palace Theater.
The theater has become run down over the years and is threatened with demolition.
Eddie and the Palaceades play a fund-raising concert at the faded Palace Theater.
The show is interrupted by Mayor Biggie Williams waving a court order announcing the theater has been condemned. The mayor grabs Gracie, Eddie slugs the mayor and the band is sent to jail where Eddie vows to get even with Biggie and save The Palace.
Eddie and Gracie's daughter Mary has escaped her hometown and is writing for Money Magazine in New York City. Mary arrives home to write about Brass City for the Places Rated issue and debates the pros and cons of the city with her parents. Talk of past stars from Brass City convinces Gracie that their band should take another shot at singing and touring, but Eddie disagrees.
Meanwhile, Biggie is lining up votes for demolition and redevelopment of the Palace Theater by Land Use Liabilities Unlimited (LULU) with a combination trash to energy plant, medical waste dump and porno parlor.
"YOU'VE GOT TO PAY TO PLAY"
Eddie and bandmate Vinny try to stop the project at the Planning and Zoning Commission but get run over. Mary takes her dad to the news stand to get a copy of her first cover story, but Eddie is upset his hometown is last again and they get into a fight. Mary runs home. Gracie gets angry with Eddie for hurting Mary and breaking his promise to go back on tour and both Mary and Gracie leave for New York City.
Eddie is discouraged and concerned for the calamity about to befall his hometown and angry at Mary and Gracie for not caring. Vinny convinces him that they need to get Biggie out of office if they want to save the Palace and their hometown. Act One closes with Eddie declaring that he is running for mayor.
Mary and her mom are delighted to be in New York City. Gracie enters a reality TV singing competition and finds success. Mary discovers that her dad was right and the place ratings are rigged. She makes up with Eddie, writes an expose about the corrupt politics and rigged ratings and works on getting her mom and dad back together.
Back home Eddie is working hard on his campaign to beat Biggie in a primary election for the party nomination. Eddie wins the district vote but the absentee ballots are rigged and Biggie keeps the nomination. Eddie is not on the ballot, but refuses to give up and plans a write-in campaign.
"COME ON EDDIE, YOU CAN DO IT"
Gracie makes it to the final four on "Can You Really Sing" and she is in the running for a record contract.
Mary explains that Eddie has been coming to every show and is having a tough time in politics. Eddie apologizes. Gracie urges Mary to help Eddie's campaign.
Mary gets historic designation for theater. Eddie gets injunction to stop demolition. The Palace is saved. Eddie and Gracie reconcile. Eddie loses. Biggie loses. Gracie wins. The Palaceades are going back on tour.