Open run | 2h 30m | Midtown W

Jagged Little Pill (NYC)

From 547 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 (547)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Relevant, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great staging

63
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

65
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.

60
Indulgent, Great singing, Disappointing, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a really moving portrait of sexual assault and it’s ripple effects through life and a community.

Don't see it if You want the whole show to stand up to how that one thread is handled. There are too many pieces, short-changing what is most affecting

Also What a tough show to score. For the first half hour or so, I was absol... Read more Read less

60
Ambitious

See it if The idea of seeing a story be shaped Morissette’s music is appealing.

Don't see it if You want a show that isn’t biting off more than it can chew.

Also I appreciate when the creators choose to tell a story when using an ar... Read more Read less

65
Overrated, Edgy, Great singing

See it if you like songs by Alanis Morrissette set to a story. Great singing by an able cast. Just wish the story is not crammed with socio-politics.

Don't see it if Juke box musicals are not your thing and if you don't like musicals that preach to you.

55
A little boring, Shallow, Relevant, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you're into every hot button issue of the day being dealt with shallowly over several characters through Alanis Morisette songs.

Don't see it if you value original musicals with individual characters who express themselves through songs written specifically for them -- not jukebox!

68
Overrated, Great singing, Disappointing

See it if You love Morissette's music and want to hear it in the context of a story, even if it is a weak one

Don't see it if they try to tackle way too much, and in the process aren't able to capture depth in any of those threads. it can't decide who's story it is

69
Disappointing

See it if the music appeals.

Don't see it if you are looking for a well-written musical.

Also Just didn't work for me. Wasn't believable.

61
Disappointing, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You like contemporary musicals. You like musicals that are on the darker side.

Don't see it if You prefer fluffy, happy-go-lucky musicals.

Also Feels like they bit off more then they could chew. In tackling so many... Read more Read less

61
Disappointing, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You love Morissette or you love shows that take existing music and mold a story around them.

Don't see it if You want a sung through musical of Morissette's work.

Also I enjoyed many of the musical performances but the book is all over th... Read more Read less

62
Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You love Morissette's music and contemporary musicals.

Don't see it if You're looking for Jukebox show or a bio musical on Morissette.

Also Feels like "Next to Normal" meets "American Idiot". Lauren Patten & An... Read more Read less

65
Disappointing, Depressing, Dark

See it if You are a fan of Alanis Morissette music. You like stories that explore the really tough side of life.

Don't see it if You are looking for a “happy” song and dance traditional style musical. You are bothered by drug addiction, rape, overdose, sexual assault.

Also This is a really heavy show about dark themes. I don’t feel there is s... Read more Read less

67
Cliched

See it if you are a huge fan of Alanis Morrisette

Don't see it if you want to see a show with a strong story

65
Raunchy, Ambitious, Intense, Edgy, Dizzying

See it if You're an Alanis fan. The design is great and much of the cast is good.

Don't see it if You want a more thought-provoking or intimate show. Not suitable for young children.

58
Edgy, Relevant, Indulgent, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You like alanis morissette songs and watching kids scream and perform to them.

Don't see it if Screaming, angry kids bother you

60
Bland, Disappointing, Humdrum direction, Mediocre musical arrangements, Topical

See it if if you want issues of rape, 16-year-old bisexuality, and Oxycontin abuse shoehorned into a drab musical where half the songs sound the same.

Don't see it if you want to miss very fine performances by Lauren Patten, Antonio Cipriano, Sean Allan Krill & Derek Klena. The rest are mostly cardboardy.

Also When you keep hoping the lead character would have her overdose in Act... Read more Read less

60
Indulgent, Overrated, Insipid, Cliched, Banal

See it if You don’t mind sitting through an overrated disappointment of this jukebox musical. Morissette’s music is forced in this “woke” production

Don't see it if If you appreciate musicals, good singing

50
Overrated, Intense, Fluffy, Great singing, Disappointing

See it if you love Alanis Morissette and don’t mind reinvention of her songs. See if you a theater buff and want to see everything and anything.

Don't see it if If you are not capable of handling sensitive material. This show is heavy and if you are seeing to relive the 90s. You will be surprised.

Also This show needs a complete reworking of the book. The story is very he... Read more Read less

65
Refreshing, Resonant, Relevant

See it if you like a lower-brow more rough around the edges show about incredibly relevant topics played by mainly young performers

Don't see it if you like more traditional theater

52
Dizzying, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You are a fan of Alanis Moresette and the album

Don't see it if You like well thought out stories as this deals with so many topics that it left my head spinning .. wish it was easier to follow

59
Disappointing

See it if you want to say you saw it. Stage design was the only good thing about it.

Don't see it if Does not deserve to be called a Broadway show. Extremely bad and disappointing. Total waste of time and money.

51
Overrated, Disappointing, Great acting, Ambitious, Cliched

See it if If you like Alanis' music.

Don't see it if If you mind seeing great music trivialized by a bad book.

60
Disappointing, Relevant, Slow, Edgy, Confusing

See it if you want to see a show that's supposed to be "in".

Don't see it if you want a show that makes sense. act one is too much exposition with the inciting incident not happening til the end of the act...

65
Relevant, Intense, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Clever

See it if You're an Alanis fan. Like musicals that are heavy and deal with situational themes.

Don't see it if You are going to be triggered by sexual abuse, abuse or addiction (or at least prepare for that when you see it).

68
Edgy

See it if You like reality. Topics discussed are sexual assault and addiction. Very realistic with very real stories. It was well done.

Don't see it if If you want a good laugh. It's way realistic I found it super depressing. You are bringing little kids with you.


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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