2019 has seen a continual flow of Broadway musicals that have been crafted from a collection of songs that the composer of the music had assembled around a nominal story. “Hadestown” won the Tony award for Anais Mitchell. David Byrne’s “American Utopia” has been one the popular shows in the fall season. Both these shows have unique and interesting music. Jim Steinman’s “Bat Out of Hell” was not successful, but I like his music and thoroughly enjoyed that CD too. Here the song collection of Alainis Morissette has been assembled as the musical “Jagged Little Pill”.
This one is definitely my favorite from the whole group. The songs generally have a gentler tone compared to the serious rock music in the other three. The subjects of the song and the lyrics that Morissette has created are unique and entertaining. This is a show where sitting down with the lyrics in the booklet as you listen is the best way to enjoy the music.
I have not seen any of these musicals. It is difficult to ascertain the plot from the music for any of them. That has not kept me from enjoying the cast albums. If you enjoy the albums for musicals, absolutely you will want to buy this CD or stream the music. The show had great reviews and probably will be enjoying a nice run too.