Cherkaoui has been nominated for ‘Jagged little pill’, the musical based on Alanis Morissette’s album. With fifteen nominations, the production leads the Tony Awards, the prizes for the best new productions on Broadway in New York.
‘Jagged little pill’ is a powerful production about it empowerment and the fight against drugs, sexual assault and discrimination. The soundtrack features well-known hits by Alanis Morisette such as ‘Ironic’ and ‘You oughta know’.
In addition to the nomination for the choreography of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, the performance also has a chance to win the prizes for best musical, direction, actress, set and orchestration. Competition comes from ‘Moulin rouge’ (14 nominations) and ‘The Tina Turner Musical’ (12 nominations).
In the ‘new play’ category, most nominations go to ‘Slave play’, about the fight against slavery in the US, and ‘The inheritance’, about a group of gay friends in the post-AIDS era.
This year, due to the lockdown, there are half the number of shows in the running, as the Broadway theaters closed in mid-March (and will not reopen until June 2021). For example, the musical ‘West side story’ by Belgians Ivo van Hove and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker does not qualify, because too few jury members could see the production before the lockdown.
When and how the Tony’s will be awarded is still unclear.