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'Jagged Pill' musical comes to Wharton

Jagged Little Pill

From left, Heidi Blickenstaff, Allison Sheppard and Jena VanElslander are pictured in the North American Tour of "Jagged Little Pill" the musical.  Photo by Matthew Murphy for MurphyMade, 2022.jpg

Chloe Gregg

By Chloe Gregg
Editor in Chief

“Jagged Little Pill” the musical is coming to the Wharton Center at Michigan State University.

Based off of Alanis Morissette’s alternative rock album by the same name, “Jagged Little Pill” is full of ‘90s nostalgia mixed with real-life issues.

The musical comes to the Wharton Center on Tuesday, Jan. 31 and will run until Sunday, Feb. 5. Tickets for the show start as low as $39.

Lani Corson, a member of the ensemble who plays various roles in the musical, spoke about the upcoming production.

“I think ‘Jagged Little Pill’ brings out a lot of hot-button issues of the time, from addiction, sexual assault to our society’s obsession with being perfect and all the pressures that high school and college-aged kids are under,” Corson said.

Despite what people may think, “Jagged Little Pill” is not about Alanis Morissette’s life. It is actually set in the contemporary world following a modern family with regular issues.

The musical mostly centers on Mary Jane, a privileged white mother who feels her life is spiraling out of control. The problems include relationship issues, an addiction to pain medications, and an adopted black daughter who comes out as bisexual.

Corson is the understudy for the role of Mary Jane.

“As Mary Jane, it’s an incredible role,” Corson said. “For women in my age group, there’s not a lot of meaty roles, but she is such a complex character in terms of her relationships with her family and her addiction,” Corson said.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit the Wharton Center website.

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