In Jagged Little Pill, a record album gets its own jukebox musical, though there’s none of the Wikipedia
-style rat-a-tat biographical highlights (airbrushed or otherwise) that accompanied Donna Summer
, The Temptations
and all the other post-Jersey Boys
superstars on their trips to the stage. With an earnest, ambitious and overwrought year-in-the-life tale of a fictional, stereotypical suburban Connecticut family strapped to the music of Alanis Morissette
– particularly the star-making 1995 album that gives the show, opening tonight on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre, its title – Jagged Little Pill is a very crowded home to big issues, societal worries, and, oddly enough, storybook outcomes.
But in case anyone needed reminding: Those songs, with Morissette’s blistered lyrics and the irresistible melodies and rhythms (co-written with her producer Glen Ballard
) really were pretty great.
Still are, in fact. With Tom Kitt
’s attractively amped-up arrangements and performances by an impeccable cast