Following its critically acclaimed 2018 American Repertory Theater world premiere run in Massachusetts, Jagged Little Pill is now on Broadway! 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 Aughta 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.
The story follows a family on the brink. Seemingly happy on the surface, each of the wealthy Healy family's members hide 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 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. It's bold, arena-sized storytelling, nuanced characterizations and Morissette's alt-rock wisdom are immediately refreshing and make for compelling theater.
Previews from: 3 November 2019
Opening night: 5 December 2019
Two hours and 30 minutes, including intermission
Please note, the above image is from the ART 2018 production of Jagged Little Pill and does not necessarily reflect casting for the Broadway engagement.
Elizabeth Stanley as Mary Jane
Derek Klena as Nick
Lauren Pattern as Jo
Sean Allan Krill as Steve
Celia Rose Gooding as Frankie
Kathryn Gallagher as Bella
Antonio Cipriano, Yemen Brown, Jane Bruce, John Cardoza, Laurel Harris, Logan Hart, Max Kumangai, Ezra Menas, Kelsey Orem, Nora Schell, Kei Tsuruharantani, Ebony Williams, Heather Lang and Ken Clark
Music by Alanis Morissette & Glen Ballard
Lyrics by Alanis Morissette
Book by Diablo Cody
Choreographed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Directed by Diane Paulus
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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 hasRead full review
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