Under the direction of Jen Bender and musical direction of James Sampliner, Jawbreaker "tells the Faustian tale of Satan-in-heels Courtney Shayne and her mean girl minions who play a nasty birthday prank on their picture-perfect bestie, asphyxiating her with a jawbreaker ball and accidentally killing her. When mousy Fern Mayo catches the flawless four tucking their dead friend back into bed, Courtney promises to make Fern popular in exchange for keeping their secret, implicating the innocent underling in their ill-fated cover up. With its mythic story, candy color fashions and bitch goddess role of Courtney Shayne, Jawbreaker was a natural to translate to the stage. At its core, Jawbreaker is about the lengths we go to belong, even if that means selling your soul for a taste of life with the beautiful ones."
"Jawbreaker" screenwriter and director Darren Stein also penned the book to the musical that has music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson Award winners Jeff Thomson and Jordan Mann. The score promises songs ranging from Lady Gaga-style synth pop to lush melodic ballads.
Here's a look at the Canal Room concert:
Jawbreaker: The Musical Concert, With Shoshana Bean, Tracie Thoms, Jenna Leigh Green and Carrie Manolakos