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.”
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.