Alanis Morissette hosts 'Jagged Little Pill' musical livestream, fans blown away by 'superb showmanship'
Alanis Morissette reflected on the musical's journey and the current world's situation before rolling back the years with a performance of 'Hand In My Pocket'
Alanis Morissette led a live fundraiser, 'You Live, You Learn: A Night With Alanis Morissette', along with the cast and crew of the 'Jagged Little Pill' musical on Tuesday, May 19. The hour-long show featured a cast reunion, interviews and music performances from the Canadian pop icon. All proceeds from the event went towards The Actor’s Fund and its Covid-19 Emergency Assistance Fund, aimed at assisting entertainment industry workers who are struggling to make ends meet during the pandemic.
'You Live, You Learn: A Night With Alanis Morissette' was hosted on YouTube by Morissette. Also making appearances from the 'Jagged Little Pill' cast and crew were the writer of the musical, Diablo Cody, director Diane Paulus, choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, orchestrator Tom Kitt, and other stars like Elizabeth Stanley, who plays Mary Jane Healy in the musical.
Alanis Morrisette said, "I am moved deeply by the 8 years it took for us [Jagged Little Pill] to arrive at this point." The musical was directly inspired by her 1995 'Jagged Little Pill' album, containing songs of loss, heartbreak, joy and optimism. She also reflected on the various emotions that songs like 'You Oughta Know' conjured up, saying, "To be able to be devastated, to feel these feelings, and also physically embody it, it's a huge somatic experience. Through the story [of the musical], it's bringing forward the whole human condition, of course, but also the idea of feeling feelings all the way through, and there's so much empathy."
Besides the many memorable musical performances by the 'Jagged Little Pill' cast, most people were excitedly tuning in to catch a glimpse of Alanis Morissette performing. And she did not disappoint, capping off the evening with a beautiful and sublime rendition of 'Hand In My Pocket', one of her most popular hits.
Fans were mesmerized by the performances and of them said, "Absolutely amazing! Such talent, beauty, and good feelings all around!" Another viewer said, "Thank you !!! You brought joy into our lives with your kind words and beautiful music!!"
One viewer said, "I'm so excited for this show and the cast to get back to their superb showmanship. How blessed I feel to have seen the show in December. The entire cast blew me away. I cried, laughed, and was completely spellbound at the passion that is conveyed through the performances. The music has always been wonderful, and now to have the storyline is amazing. Thank you for your dedication and sharing your talents and gifts to the world!"