Open run | 2h 30m | Midtown W

Jagged Little Pill (NYC)

From 509 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Relevant, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great staging

About the show

Inspired by the themes and raw emotions laid bare in Alanis Morissette’s Grammy Award-winning album, this new Broadway musical tells an original story about pain, healing, and empowerment. More…

From the show:

“Redemptive, rousing, and real, JAGGED LITTLE PILL stands alongside the original musicals that have sustained the best hopes of Broadway." (The New York Times, Critic’s Pick)

Inspired by Alanis Morissette’s Grammy Award-winning masterpiece, JAGGED LITTLE PILL brings to the stage the “humanly recognizable and magnificently staged story” (The Daily Beast) of the Healys, a suburban family whose serene Connecticut lives collide head-on with some of the most burning issues of today.  

Through explosive choreography and the raw power of an onstage band, JAGGED LITTLE PILL creates a spellbinding musical experience that lifts its audience from moments of quiet, tender intimacy to pure rock ‘n’ roll release. The result is an electric, fearless look at what it means to be alive in 21st century America and an urgent call for us to come together even as the world pushes us apart. 

“JAGGED LITTLE PILL is a show you want to shout about,” writes Variety, “a galvanic production that feels very much of the moment — this moment.”

Member Reviews (509)


Great singing, Relevant, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great staging
Avg Score

Great singing, Great staging, Profound, Riveting, Relevant

See it if You want to see a powerful, energetic, imaginative interpretation of our super charged social climate with kick ass dance moves that rock!

Don't see it if You’re a misogynist...supported Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court or the Orange Turd in the White House. You need to but you’ll hate it.

Also I LOVED THIS SHOW! It was so in your face and unapologetic about what ... Read more Read less

Masterful, Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if If you like a story set to music . Really great singing in this show. If you like alainis Morsettes music.

Don't see it if If you do not like Morsettes music which can be an acquired taste. Some deep topics in the story line.

Great music & singing, Energetic, Relevant, Heartfelt, Clever

See it if Salad of current issues tossed into a dysfunctional family drama. Loved the music. Powerful songs & performances amplified the intensity.

Don't see it if “Too many” issues (#metoo, gender, opiods, etc). Melodramatic & preachy. Characters defined by their issues.

Also The music swept me away. I wasn’t familiar with the album, and enjoyed... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you would like a musical with great choreography and important messages wonderfully presented to people of all ages by a talented cast.

Don't see it if you want a musical where you hum every song and everything is always happy. Here you are faced with current concerns and their difficulties

Overrated, Indulgent, Disappointing, Ambitious, Relevant

See it if you enjoy Alanis Morissette’s music, and you don’t care who’s singing it.

Don't see it if you enjoy Alanis Morissette’s music, and you do care who’s singing it.

Also Jagged Little Pill was a seminal album for me when it was released. I ... Read more Read less

Relevant, Intense, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you want to see 2 fine performances by Stanley & Patten. Also, this is one of the best juke box musicals as there is a cohesive book.

Don't see it if you do not like the music of Morissette. Also, if don't like musicals that are "downers". Many serious themes are explored in this show.

Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Clever

See it if you liked Next to Normal, Dear Evan.This isn't quite as good,but it's one of those rare musicals that has an important point to make.

Don't see it if you are looking for The Producers.I didn't know any of her music, & I was very pleasantly surprised at how good the show is.It is a gem.

Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you love Morissettes music, great "jukebox" musical choice ,relevant on multiple levels, contemporary themes. The plot is successful

Don't see it if gay, drug, sexual issue related shows upset or offend you.

Cliched, Overrated, Great staging

See it if you like listening to Alanis Morissette songs sung theatrically with great angst. And if you like plots worthy of the Hallmark network.

Don't see it if you like Alanis Morissette songs and don't want to see them trivialized to support cardboard characters and a mish mash of themes.

Relevant, Great music, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if you want a high energy jukebox musical that deals with many, many social problems* with great music & some very powerful songs

Don't see it if you would be annoyed by an overly energetic repetitive choreography; want to hear all the lyrics (over amplification), seeing twirling**

Also *opioid addiction, rape culture, gender issues, sexual issues, racism,... Read more Read less

Heartfelt performances, Slightly-disappointing writing and staging, Nostalgia-inducing music, Dark and deep topics, Edgy

See it if a fan of Alanis Morissette’s music, like or unbothered by “jukebox musicals,” or a fan of one of the actors (who are doing their darnedest).

Don't see it if you can forgive some clichéd tropes, imperfect characters, uneven singing, and some songs that feel uncomfortably shoe-horned into moments.

Also In Jagged Little Pill, angsty 1990s sounds prove timelessly riveting. ... Read more Read less


See it if You oughta know that it unironically squeezes a lot of current social issues with touching renditions of Alanis songs.

Don't see it if Current issues (opioid epidemic, rape/culture, #MeToo, Like culture, checking White privilege, etc.) are too depressing / feels too packed.

Also Diversity: main characters are all White except for the adopted Black ... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Relevant, Great acting, Great singing, Great writing

See it if very today issues, well written (this should win best book of a musical), well staged and performed. for adults and serious theater goers.

Don't see it if want light fluff and flash. you may know some of the songs but they are well treated. not a typical jukebox musical

Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great singing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if A powerful musical dealing with prominent societal issues using the songs of Morissette as the score.The cast astounds, especially L.Patten

Don't see it if The book, dealing with drug addiction, dysfunctional family, race and adoption, gender identity, and sexual assault, plays like a soap opera

Profound, Resonant, Refreshing, Relevant, Slow

See it if You love alanis morissette music and coming of age musical

Don't see it if you want to see a traditional show

Much better act two, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great singing

See it if you like your musicals to have a clear and modern point of view; you're a fan of Alanis; you like musicals about familial disintegration

Don't see it if you're fundamentally opposed to new shows built on existing music; you don't want to see sexual violence on stage; you don't like Alanis

Also I went in to this show with really high expectations. I'm exactly thei... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Resonant, Relevant, Great staging, Great singing

See it if Fine-tuned musical that deals with tough subjects, but does not pander. Alanis’s heart, soul and brain lives in this musical.

Don't see it if This is not a rock concert, nor should it be. Put your expectations, and see JLP with an open mind and heart.

Profound, Great staging, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you like the music or you want to see a musical that is completely relevant to our times.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals. I can't think of another reason not to see it.

Wow, Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you want to experience perfection on broadway

Don't see it if absolutely no reason not to see it - this is a MUST SEE!!!!

Great talent wasted by a paulus production

See it if a talented cast performing Morisette music with great choreography is enough to satisfy you in an overdone, stereotype heavy show

Don't see it if over amplification that makes it impossible to discern important lyrics drives you nuts; or if multiple, confused story lines is too much

Dark, Intense, Clever, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if fans of Alanis and/or Jagged will not be disappointed; deft integration of lyrics to storyline; fierce cast matches music & direction

Don't see it if plot can feel relentlessly dark so non-Alanis/Jagged fans or those looking for throwback happy musicals should consider carefully

Cliched by-the-numbers pc script, Strong performances, Powerful songs

See it if Alanis Morissette's music is the reason for the show's existence and Elizabeth Stanley and Lauren Patten do it justice.

Don't see it if The rawness and authenticity of the music is at odds with the banality of the over-stuffed and unnuanced libretto.

Also In the second act Lauren Patten literally stopped the show singing "Yo... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Quirky, Edgy, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You like Alanis Morisette's music, family stories about the "new" family, where parents are not necessarily mom and dad and the children may

Don't see it if be biologically related. Don't see it if you don't want to see any of the above.

Also I was not very familiar with Alanis Morisette's music. I did like how ... Read more Read less

Not a good fit between the songs and the story, Quirky, Ambitious, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you know and enjoy Alanis Morissette's music. The story of the problems of the family was interesting and at times shocking.

Don't see it if you don't know Morissettte's music. Many times it was hard to hear the lyrics in the chorus numbers. The story at times was melodramatic

Great music, Dizzying, Ambitious, Relevant, Edgy

See it if Show stopping patten singing you outta know is show at its best. Lots of issues of the moment thrown in. Stanley’s mj unraveling compelling

Don't see it if Entire cast flailing about for too many songs. It adds to the rock angst flavor but is distracting compared to quiet moments for characters

December 5th, 2019
CRITIC’S PICK "With ‘Jagged Little Pill,’ They Finally Fixed the Jukebox: Alanis Morissette’s 'ironic' fury finds a perfect Broadway musical setting in Diablo Cody’s fiery indictment of, well, everything."
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December 5th, 2019
3/5 stars. "Directed by Diane Paulus, Jagged Little Pill has moments of exciting stagecraft and performance…But the show has a faintly medicinal flavor...What gets lost in the mix is Morissette's individual voice-the sound of one person insisting on the right to be different things at the same ti...
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December 5th, 2019
"'Jagged Little Pill' Is Missing the Essence of Alanis"
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December 5th, 2019
"Diablo Cody spins an original feminist story of heartache, hurt, anger and activism around Alanis Morissette's smash 1995 album in this musical ensemble drama directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus."
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