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

49
Disappointing casting choices, Great set choreography, Cliched, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you have any nostalgia for Alanis Morrissette's music or if you want to support a cast with several non-binary/trans ensemble members

Don't see it if you've no tolerance for after-school special territory or if you're personally not able to engage with theatrical takes on sexual trauma

Also be aware that the show has rewritten the character of Jo (all indicati... Read more Read less

30
Indulgent, Overrated, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you loved the album and want to hear it by singers who aren't quite as good. You love "socially conscious" shows with a "positive message."

Don't see it if you don't want to watch an after-school special full of cliches smacking you upside the head that are attempting to seem edgy & relevant.

Also My dislike of the show is met with one major exemption - and that is L... Read more Read less

49
Indulgent, Excruciating, Cliched, Banal

See it if You love that music and want to hear the songs sung with less character than Alanis. The cast is good

Don't see it if It's every cliche out there. The book is awful. The staging slugs along. It's angst in the worst way.

31
Superficial, Overrated, Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if You’re 13 and angsty

Don't see it if If you’ve already gotten past Sociology 101 and don’t need hyper-obvious messaging about inclusion loosely packaged in a predictable

35
Bloated with issues. vacant of soul, A total insult to the brilliance of alanis’ music, This show is a vomitous reminder of how hashtag horrible our society has become.

See it if I thought the worst Musial I’d ever see was ‘sunset boulevard’ I was wrong.

Don't see it if So angsty I felt like I was back in 1995 except 1995 was interesting.

20
Cliched, Poorly written, Offensive, Indulgent

See it if You want to hear Jagged Little Pill live and can't get to anywhere Alanis is performing her own music (https://alanis.com/events).

Don't see it if You care about story, character development, or nuance of any kind. But seriously go to her website and buy tix to see her live instead.

Also This show starts to go bad with the book. Diablo Cody (who wrote the b... Read more Read less

40
Overrated, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if Saw this because I love the Alanis album. Was so disappointed in the scattered book. Could more issues be shoved in to one story?

Don't see it if If you don't care for jukebox musicals. The singing is great but the story not so much.

10
Dizzying, Irresponsible, Cliched

See it if You love Morissette's album and want to hear the songs well sung. If you feel that a show about 10 social issues can actually cover them.

Don't see it if you like a strong book. you feel that mentioning an issue doesn't equal processing it. you like dancing that makes sense.

40
Banal, Excruciating, Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you like witnessing the poorest utilisation of an ensemble on Broadway.

Don't see it if you like quality musical theatre.

During previews
30
Excruciating, Great singing, Cliched

See it if you LOVE Alanis Morissette music and/or you love things that are "woke."

Don't see it if you prefer a show with subtext, a classic musical, or if you hate scream-singing.

Also Whoa, baby. This was rough. Everyone out there is singing and dancing ... Read more Read less

During previews
30
Overrated, Excruciating, Ambitious, Disappointing, Reductive

See it if You want to watch a bizarre plot that attempts to touch on every social issue without being realistic about any of them (Some solid singing)

Don't see it if YOU VALUE/LOVE THE ORIGINAL MUSIC. If you want a strong storyline.

Also Sadly, I went in with high expectations. But this cookie-cutter approa... Read more Read less

During previews
49
An absolute mess

See it if 1) Lauren Patten’s “You Oughta Know” is a marvel. 2) badass song moves backwards in time. 3) Elizabeth Stanley wrestles with shadow self.

Don't see it if you like your musicals focused, clear, and, if political, pointed. This show is a hurricane of generic plots with an overwrought ensemble.

Also Diablo Cody recently defended the ten-thousand plot lines in Jagged Li... Read more Read less

During previews
47
Trying a bit too hard, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you know words to all Alanis Morisette songs and can't stop singing them,

Don't see it if you can't stand loud noises, chaotic actions, or ridiculous themes

Also While the cast is energetic, and the choreography is complicated, and ... Read more Read less

During previews
17
Forced, Contrived, Disappointing, Tortured, Out-of-key

See it if you have time and money to kill and believe the other decent reviews.

Don't see it if you want good quality singing and story and acting and production. The entire experience was an utter disappointment because it was awful

During previews
36
Excruciating, Slow, Cliched

See it if you really, really love Morrisette's music, and you need "Isn't Ironic" repeatedly defended onstage.

Don't see it if you hate bland, overblown staging, you hate stories that go nowhere, and then use the rape of a minor character (caricature) to move plot.

During previews
40
Overrated, Disappointing

See it if If you like Alanis Morissette music

Don't see it if Watching slow moving poorly written musicals are your thing

During previews
40
Fluffy, Great music, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if You're a big fan of after school specials set to music or if you want to see how a musical can attempt to cover every social issue ever.

Don't see it if You're expecting an uplifting nostalgic experience. It is neither. The music is good, but embedded in such a depressing convoluted plot.

Also I really wanted this to be good. And while act 2 is definitely stronge... Read more Read less

During previews
46
Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if If you are a big fan of Alanis Moresstte - the show Tries unsuccessfully to handle way to much and could be about 15 minutes shorter -

Don't see it if You are not familiar with or a fan of Alanis -or if you want a fun uplifting show that Has original music -I was ready to bolt out at end

During previews
46
Disappointing, Dizzying, Cliched

See it if You want to see a musical trying very hard to tackle every social issue of the moment and if you absolutely love the album.

Don't see it if You don’t want to be beaten into submission by heavy-handed addressing of social issues.


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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