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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