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Alanis Morissette: Jagged Little Pill- the musical!

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Alanis Morissette: Jagged Little Pill- the musical!

Posted By John Allen

Cant imagine what the libretto for a depict based on the singers seminal 1995 album might be like? Wonder no more

Twenty-two years after its release, Alanis Morissettes Jagged Little Pillremains one of the defining albums of the 1990 s. Reports now suggest that a musical inspired by the record is finally on its way to Broadway. The book( narrative bit) is being put together by Diablo Juno Cody but it seems unlikely that an Oscar-winning screenwriter can bring Jagged Little Pill to theatrical life with the tact, passion and sensitivity it really deserves. So we thought we would give it a go.

Our musical is called A Love Affair Never is Simple, which is, youll be pleased to note, a little bit mnemonic.

Curtain up !

We open on the musicals protagonist, Mary Jane. Offering the audience its first glimpse of the Jagged Little Pill songbook, Mary Jane sings a reworked version of All I Really Want. She breaks the fourth wall when she sings to the audience( Enough about me, lets talk about you for a minute Enough about you, lets talk about life for a while) before using the anthem to introduce the musicals main storyline: What I wouldnt give to find a soulmate, someone else to catch this float. Jagged Little Pill touched on various complex and intense themes but for the sake of flogging tickets on Broadway our tale is just about a lonely, cash-strapped person looking for love. During All I Really Want, the line Im like Estella, I like to reel it in and then spit it out is changed so as to no longer reference Great Expectations. I like Estrella, I like to drink it and not spit it out has been factored in as part of a complex endorsement enter into negotiations with a brew brand.

Here comes the sassy best friend

The doorbell rings! Its Mary Janes best mate Chardonnay who tries to cheer her friend up by belting out a river of life tips-off, wake-up calls and trite, homespun wisdom to the tune of You Learn. Sadly, as Chardonnay depicts breath in anticipation of the songs big vocal crescendo, she swallows a black fly, chokes and while Mary Jane continues to wait for an already-late ambulance thats now stuck in a traffic jam dies.

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Ironic damsel … Morissette in her Jagged Little Pill prime. Photograph: Jeff Kravitz/ FilmMagic

Enter love interest, stage left

The ambulance eventually arrives and with it comes a handsome man; not the doctor, but the driver, called Hans. Naturally, because this is a musical and we really need to move things along promptly, Mary Jane falls head over feet in love. The pair embark on a whirlwind romance and it even looks like Mary Janes money woes will be over when Hans wins the gamble, but within 24 hours he is dead; attacked by an interloper while cooking, his attempts to defend himself with kitchen enforces are obstructed when he is only able to lay his hands on spoons.

The funeral

Sadly for Mary Jane the drama is not over yet. As Hanss coffin is lowered into the ground and Mary Jane says goodbye to the man of her dreamings she gratifies his beautiful wife.( The wife happens to be Catholic for reasons pertaining to still-to-be-crowbarred-in song references .) Mary Jane runs berserk, jumping on to the coffin and thundering on the lid while calling a furious version of You Oughta Know. As she sings it right through, you know shes in pain. In search of close and as a reminder of the mess he left when he went away Mary Jane chooses to wear a picture of Hans around her neck. But that closure doesnt come easy due to a late arrival at the funeral. Its Hanss identical twin brother. Hes also called Hans. Is this Mary Janes second chance at love?

The bridal

Yes it is. For the musicals euphoric final scene we find ourselves at the bridal of Mary Jane and the second Hans, where theyre joined by Hans 1s widow( shes forgiven Mary Jane; you know how those Catholic daughters can be) plus Chardonnays ghost, who booked a wedding vocalist to sing a song about rain on this bridal day, merely to discover that a meteorological flaw has confounded forecasts resulting in bright sunshine, thus rendering the vocalists choice of ballad ironic, as well as Ironic, although only ironic in the same style that the ironies in Ironic are ironically not ironic. Mary Jane and her new spouse celebrate, means that while Mary Jane has still got one Hans in her locket, the other one is giving her a high five.

Read more: www.theguardian.com

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