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Sorry Uncle Joey, They're Making A Jagged Little Pill Musical

By Joanna Robinson | Industry | November 8, 2013 |

By Joanna Robinson | Industry | November 8, 2013 |


You know those jukebox musicals that are all the rage these days? The “American Idiot”/”Mamma Mia”/”We Will Rock You”/”Rock Of Ages” trend? Yeah well Alanis Morissette is staging one for her 1995 album “Jagged Little Pill.” May I please take a moment, as an avowed musical fan, to crab at you? Yes? Okay, get off my damn lawn with these jukebox musicals. These are the Broadway equivalent of a Lone Ranger remake or the fourth Pirates Of The Caribbean installment in that not only do they lack any imagination, but they also cheapens something kind of great that came before them. Yes ABBA can be cheapened.

And, honestly, what kind of compelling plot are they going to hang around the songs on that Alanis album? I love “Jagged Little Pill,” but mostly because I was 14 years old when it came out. You can’t win me over on sheer nostalgia and Hard Candy nail polish, Alanis. I don’t need to see a two act musical about a terrible and destructive break-up. Though I reserve the right to change my mind if they somehow wrangle a Dave Coulier cameo.

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