I played the demo versions of the songs, which are perfectly listenable and give the sense of an attempted tearjerker ...
Anyway, I've uploaded that stuff here : http://depositfiles.com/files/3w74a76hbThe plot, in a nutshell, is Marcella is very sick while her parents are going through a divorce, and she has a fever dream where her toys come to life (like her father always told her they did.) Raggedy Ann tells her that if they take her to the Doll Doctor, he'll make her better. General Doom appears and tries to stop Marcella and Raggedy Ann from reaching L.A., where the Doll Doctor is located.
In the final Broadway script, “Diagnosis” is the start of Marcella's fever dream, which is why the music is so cheery and happy while the lyrics are vaguely disturbing. (“Carry On” was sung before “Diagnosis,” in real life.)
I really like this “Rag Dolly.” It fits the tone of this version better. It's hard to tell on that scratchy Broadway audio, but I think they went back to the original lyrics, which don't work as well.
Like the movie, it's episodic, with the toys helping Marcella to build a flying machine which leads to the “Flying through the heavens” sequence, where Marcella imagines her parents getting married again (you can hear her ask her dream-parents if they still love each other on the demo.)
“You Never Get Away” was replaced with “You'll Love It” for the Broadway version, but both are not great songs written for a very misguided sequence (it's sung by a sexy female bat, and apparently the choreography was way too sexualized.)
“Gone” is sung by Marcella's mother, after a failed suicide attempt(!) - talk about dark for a kid's show. Marcella's mother joins them, I think, to go to the Doll Doctor. “He Comes Riding” is replaced by “I Come Riding” - I don't know who would've sang it about General Doom, but he sings it himself in the Broadway version, and he sings it right before they reach the Doll Doctor (after “Welcome to LA/Diagnosis.”)
At the end of the show, the Doll Doctor (who is played by the same actor who plays Marcella's father) says he can't do anything for humans...unless Raggedy Ann will sacrifice her heart. She does, and Marcella wakes up with the fever gone. Then you can hear on the demo, there's some dialogue about Raggedy Ann's heart being gone. I'm pretty sure that the show ends with Marcella's parents reconciling wordlessly as she looks on.
I definitely agree with you (as do most people, I think) that, as written, it's too dark for children and not interesting enough for adults. Like I said, on the Broadway audio, you can hear children getting restless from the very first scene. They don't seem to enjoy or get it at all, and I imagine parents bringing them to the theatre weren't very pleased with that.
It would certainly be interesting to see these songs in a rewritten, cut-down script. Get rid of some of the more childish plot elements and songs, put it in one act that's maybe 100 minutes long, and it could be interesting adult entertainment, along the lines of Into The Woods, I agree. As it is, it's just a very strange musical that's a fascinating curiosity.