(9 Jan 2020) CAST OF BROADWAY’S ‘JAGGED LITTLE PILL’ ON THE FIRST TIME THEY HEARD THE ALBUM BY ALANIS MORISSETTE
Alanis Morissette’s iconic 1995 album "Jagged Little Pill" is now a musical on Broadway, thanks to Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody.
Inspired by the themes and feeling from the album, the musical deals with the pain, healing, and empowerment of a picture-perfect suburban family whose lives are disrupted by a series of disturbing events.
Some members of the cast were barely out of diapers when the album was released.
"I wasn’t born when the album came out, but it still speaks to me and it still resonates. And I think that’s the case for a lot of people my age. Coming to the show and re-falling in love with such an iconic album. I’m really grateful to have found it and for it to get me here," explains "Jagged" lead, Celia Rose Gooding. She plays adopted daughter, Frankie, to Steve (Sean Allan Krill) and Mary Jane Healy (Elizabeth Stanley).
Frankie’s all-star brother, Nick, is played by Derek Klena.
"Yeah, I’m slightly older than 25, but I do remember it being, it was playing throughout my childhood, I was a ’90s baby, so I’d often hear it driving, I was from Southern California, so driving around with my mom and you’d always hear him on the radio. But it wasn’t really until this process that I realized that they all came from the same album. I mean, it’s kind of amazing that all of these like masterpieces are on one album. So to have them all in the show displayed with Tom Kitt’s arrangements and Alanis’ message and words. It’s amazing," Klena says of the album.
Kathryn Gallagher, actor Peter Gallagher’s daughter, takes on the emotional role of Bella in the show. Gallagher was only two when Morissette released "Jagged Little Pill" but the actress says it "defined" her.
"You know, my mom played it in the car when I was a little girl. I knew every word to ‘Hand in My Pocket’ by the time I was seven years old, I was just telling Alanis, like, this album defined me. I mean, I’m a singer-songwriter myself and I’ve studied every lyric she’s ever written, every melody. It’s everything to me. Yeah," Gallagher explains.
"Jagged Little Pill" is now open on Broadway.
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