Leah has already gone to NYC and is involved with Gabe. Leah has become a minor star in the NYC fashion world but Gabe has controlled her rise to fame, and her life. This is the part where Jessie goes to NYC to find Leah and eventually makes contact with her.
Jessie tries to convince Leah to come back with him, but she is so deep into recreational drugs and wanting to become a famous person she doesn’t want to go back. She thinks she is close to making it to the top. She is not aware of how Gabe has deliberately held her back.
Leah says some very hurtful things to Jessie that she doesn’t really mean but she is trying to make him go away before Gabe finds out. Jessie finally leaves her.
Press Play - It's Over
However, his good looks have also been noticed by some of the people he has met while trying to find Leah. He had initially pushed them away but he decides he will try this lifestyle also. OR
Jessie, goes to the docks and find a job working there.
He and his new group of “friends” sing
Press Play - The Crowd
Now we jump to where Jessie has become a male model with a little success but it’s really not what he wants out of life. OR he is working at the docks. He is only doing it to stay in NYC so he can be close to Leah. Leah and Jessie meet accidentally at a coffee shop in NYC. They make small talk about what they are doing in NYC, but finally they admit to each other they are lonely and they miss each other and they miss Blue Bayou but then they leave the coffee shop and go their separate ways. However, Bebette has seen them in the coffee shop together and runs off stage. She is going to tell Gabe.
This is a duet by Jessie and Leah but on separate sides of the stage.
Press Play - Only The Lonely
The lights go off on Leah and then focus on Jessie.
Gabe enters with Bebette and confronts Jessie. They have an argument over Jessie seeing Leah and finally Jessie lies to Gabe and tells him that he and Leah have agreed to run off back to Blue Bayou together and there is nothing Gabe can do about it. This starts a fight, but Gabe is no match for Jessie and Jessie pins Gabe to the ground and tells Gabe he is going to kill him because he realizes that the only way Leah can be free is to get rid of Gabe. Jessie eventually stabs Gabe and kills him. Then Jesse runs off to the NYC docks,
Bebette is left staring at Gabe’s body and realizes what she has done and how much she actually loved Gabe. She sings
Press Play - Crying
After the song, she swears vengeance against Jessie and exits the stage.
Lights Fade - End Of Act Two