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Why see Jagged Little Pill?

Alanis Morissette's Tony-award winning Musical

Following its critically acclaimed 2018 American Repertory Theater world premiere run in Massachusetts and subsequent Broadway bow, Jagged Little Pill is touring the country in 2024! Praised for breaking the jukebox musical mold, the thrilling pop-rock tuner draws from the music and themes of seven-time Grammy Award-winning indie icon Alanis Morissette's 1995 seminal album of the same name, also including subsequent releases and even two specially written new songs!

Its star-studded creative team doesn't stop there. With a book by Oscar winner Diablo Cody, the writer behind the Ellen Page-led smash hit feature film Juno, and direction by Tony-winning theater maker Diane Paulus (Finding Neverland, Pippin and Waitress), Jagged Little Pill was never going to be run-of-the-mill musical theater fare. In songs like 'You Oughta Know' and 'Ironic', Morisette's daredevil melodies, suggestive lyrics and artistic fearlessness wrap around universal themes of pain, healing and empowerment, balancing emotional depth, heavy-hitting moments and black comedy with cathartic song-and-dance numbers to stunning effect.

What Is Jagged Little Pill About?

The story follows a family on the brink. Seemingly happy on the surface, each of the wealthy Healy family members hides their own dark secret. Matriarch Mary Jane keeps her emotional trauma and relationship with her husband Steve at bay by popping pills, whilst he deals with their lack of connection and the pressures of work with an addiction to porn. Their overachiever son Nick's moral compass goes awry when his best friend is accused of rape and their adopted daughter Frankie struggles with racial and identity politics whilst coming to terms with her blossoming sexuality. 

As their struggles entangle, the family's blatant denial of their problems - save for the rebellious wild child Frankie who rails against them in short sorts and protest picketing - begin to mirror the denial of their community at large when it comes to rape culture, addiction and self-expression. For all its topical turmoil, Jagged Little Pill brings as much heart to proceedings. Its bold, arena-sized storytelling, nuanced characterizations, and Morissette's alt-rock wisdom are immediately refreshing and make for compelling theater.

Key Information

Audience

14+

Run Time

Two hours and 30 minutes, including intermission

Dates

Finished Jan 28

Cast

Julie Reiber as Mary Jane Healy 
Allison Sheppard as Bella
Teralin Jones as Frankie Healy 
Dillion Klena as Nick Healy
Benjamin Eakeley as Steve Healy
Jade Mcleod as Jo
Rishi Golani as Phoenix

ENSEMBLE AND SWING

Lee H. Alexander, Delaney Brown, Justin Scott Brown, Chelle Denton, Shelby Finnie, Rishi Golani, Liesie Kelly, Cydney Kutcipal, Jordan Quisno, Carmella Taitt, Alexander Tan, Daniel Thimm,  Elaine Watson, Naima Alakham, Claire Crause, Sophie Lee Morris, Sergio Pasquariello and George Vickers V 

Creative

Music by Alanis Morissette & Glen Ballard
Lyrics by Alanis Morissette
Book by Diablo Cody
Choreographed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Directed by Diane Paulus

Awards

Tony Nominations 2020

Best Musical

Best Book of a Musical

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical - Elizabeth Stanley

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical - Derek Klena

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical - Sean Allan Krill

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical - Kathryn Gallagher

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical - Celia Rose Gooding

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical - Lauren Patten

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Best Sound Design of a Musical

Best Direction of a Musical

Best Choreography

Best Orchestrations

TONY Awards 2020

Best Book of a Musical - Diablo Cody

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical - Lauren Patten

Reviews

Our review

Edgy, energetic, inspiring

If you thought you were an Alanis Morissette fan, cue Diablo Cody (Book) making her Broadway debut with Jagged Little Pill. The production features songs by Morissette's much loved Grammy-winning album plus a few new tracks, however, the storyline has

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Customer reviews

26 reviews, average rating: (2.8 Stars)

Maria Schanzle

Amazing show

I love Alanis and her music! This production did not disappoint! The cast covered sexual assault, drug addiction and so many pressures faced in today’s society . I had many emotions crying, cheering, dancing and laughing. I thought it was done tastefully. Great talent with singing and choreography! My favorites were You Oughta Know and Uninvited! The Uninvited singing and choreography, was showstopper! Goosebumps, so raw! Highly recommend! ... Read more

Sam Dan

Exceeded Expecations

I went to this show not knowing the premise of the storyline at all. I went b/c Alanis was my college anthem and loved the cd from start to finish. The show blew me away, from laughing to crying to cheering to taking a deep breath feeling all the feels. I want to see it again. ... Read more

Lisa Handley

Honest and Revealing - Powerful -

WOW! What an amazing, emotional, heavy, real, stomach turning, (Chris says "honest & revealing) play. The cast was incredible!!! One of the best dance scenes ever! Tears rolling down our faces. (Couch scene.) Minneapolis Orpheum Theatre ... Read more

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