Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui brings it all together in ‘Jagged Little Pill’

A jukebox musical tends to fall into one of two categories: telling the life story of an artist with his or her music woven into the chronology (Beautiful, Jersey Boys) or utilizing an artist’s songs to create an entirely new story (Mamma Mia!, Escape to Margaritaville). Jagged Little Pill (JLP) falls into the latter group, although it’s a far cry from the hopeful journey and happy ending of Mamma Mia!. JLP incorporates the music of Alanis Morissette (already quite a bit more complex and confessional than that of ABBA) to tell a dozen intermingled storylines each more screwed up than the last. You’ve got just under three hours to try and untangle a drug-addicted tiger mom, her rebellious bisexual adopted daughter and her perfect son whose one wrong decision turns his fairy tale life upside down. Oh, you’ve also got other issues including sexual assault, betrayal, gender identity, mental health, infidelity, and repressed trauma. Needless to say, there’s a lot going on in this show. Surprisingly, the craziness all works, although no storyline gets the full attention it really deserves…READ MORE

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