“You Oughta Know”: Interview with Jagged Little Pill’s Charles P. Way

Charles P. Way says he iselated” to be on the first national tour of Jagged Little Pill. The UArts grad will return to Philly as a cast Swing. The 15-Time Tony Award® nominated show features the powerful music of Alanis Morissette. The songs are weaved together to tell a fictional story of the struggles of “perfectly imperfect” family.

[Kimmel Cultural Campus’ Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street] January 3-15, 2023; kimmelculturalcampus.org

Jade McLeod and the North American Touring Company of JAGGED LITTLE PILL. Photo by Matthew Murphy for MurphyMade, 2022.

Debra Danese: What was your first break into musical theater?

Charles P. Way: My first break into musical theatre was Escape to Margaritaville at Ogunquit Playhouse in the summer of 2021. I was cast in the ensemble, as well as, Lawyer Dude and Jamal cover. Shortly after, I was nominated for a Regional Award for “Best Supporting Performer.”

DD: What does your role as a Swing cast member entail?

CPW: My role as a swing is simply to be ready to serve the show in whatever way I can. I spent the first month or so learning as much about the inner workings of the show as possible. That way, I always know how best to jump in if the call is ever made for me to jump in.

Charles P. Way

DD: Which of the shows songs do you most relate to? 

CPW: The song that I most relate to is ‘That I Would Be Good.’ I relate to the Phoenix character a bit. My father was also a bit of a deadbeat so I experienced feelings of inadequacy fairly often when I was in high school.

DD: What moment in the show gets the most audience reaction? 

CPW: On the surface, ‘You Oughta Know’ is a crowd favorite, hands down! Secretly, I think ‘Uninvited’ is the crowd favorite, but because of how it ends, the crowd is reluctant to applaud!

DD: What are your ties to the Philly area?

CPW: I went to the University of the Arts for four years! While there I danced for several dance local dance companies- Pennsylvania Ballet, Dance Spora, Carbon Dance Theatre, XHale, and Eleone Dance Theatre.

JAGGED LITTLE PILL will play at the Kimmel Cultural Campus’ Academy of Music January 3-15, 2023.

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