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Jagged Little Pill (Boston)

Across 14 member reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Great singing, Edgy, Great acting, Ambitious

About the show

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

The Healys appear to be a picture-perfect suburban family—but looks can be deceiving. When the Healys’ lives are disrupted by a series of disturbing events, they must choose between maintaining the status quo or facing harsh truths about themselves, their community, and the world around them.

Including iconic songs “Ironic,” “You Oughta Know,” and “Hand In My Pocket,” 'Jagged Little Pill' incorporates selections from Morissette’s catalogue and new material written for this world-premiere musical directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus ('Waitress,' 'Pippin') and featuring a book by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody ('Juno').

Member Reviews (14)


Absorbing, Great singing, Edgy, Great acting, Ambitious
Avg Score

Resonant, Relevant, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a juke box musical that actually surpasses the original material. You don't have to be a fan of the album to love this music

Don't see it if you want a traditional book musical.

Loud, Relevent, Uneven, Preachy, Disappointing

See it if you like karaoke wrapped up in a forced plot package

Don't see it if you didn't like American Idiot or other musicals that use existing songs to tell a new story

Also Being a fan of the music I was excited to see this musical. Especially... Read more Read less

Profound, Intense, Great staging, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if A profound show that covers hard to swallow topics such as rape, gender disphoria, the nuclear family illusion, all while beautifully staged

Don't see it if You’re an ignorant, homophobic, close minded individual who doesn’t appreciate innovative and modern theatre that pushes boundaries.

Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy the music and how cleverly they intertwine the music with the story Fantastic performances

Don't see it if you do not enjoy this type of music or are looking for a totally upbeat musical

Also I wasn't familiar as much with all the songs but found this show way p... Read more Read less

Riveting, Intelligent, Great staging, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if I loved this show. The book and the music were mesmerizing. 'You Outta Know" in the middle the show got an extended standing ovation.

Don't see it if You're tired of plays about 'perfect' families who are quite dysfunctional.

Great singing, Delightful, Clever

See it if You enjoy the music of Alanis Morissette

Don't see it if Not s traditional musical

Resonant, Intense, Great writing, Refreshing, Edgy

See it if You loved the album

Don't see it if You're bringing kids under 10

Inventive choreography, Wonderful cast, Overstuffed and somewhat cliched, Relevant, Musically engaging

See it if you are a fan of Alanis Morissette and/or Diablo Cody.

Don't see it if rock concert ambience and overamplified sound are problematic for you.

Intense, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if you love Alanis Morissette and her music. A story of family and its difficulties

Don't see it if the Boston version was a bit too long, hoping they cut some for Broadway

Must see, Riveting, Absorbing, Edgy, Great singing

See it if You loved the original album. You want to experience a mid-show show-stopping standing ovation song sung by one of the young cast-members.

Don't see it if Hate the music from the original album. If that is the case you don’t deserve to see the show.

Also You will experience this music in a whole new way as it becomes the st... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Dizzying, Edgy

See it if If you like the music of alanis morissette, fabulous singing,acting,and choreography.

Don't see it if If you want a musical cramned with serious issues.

Also This musical falls in the same category as next to normal,spring awake... Read more Read less

Clever, Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Music and acting are great and the story keeps you interested, even though you can predict where it is headed. Clever use of the music

Don't see it if If you are a little prudish because story line is current

Great singing, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if You like shows that explore family and social issues.

Don't see it if You get offended easily

Must see, Relevant, Great acting, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if This show took my breath away and I cant wait to see it on broadway this fall. The story is so powerful and the cast is incredible!!

Don't see it if The content is heavy and involves sexual assault, addiction, and gender so if any of those things are triggering be wary going in

May 30th, 2018
"Passionate if overwrought...Takes on the good work we are always asking new musicals to do: the work of singing about real things. If only it didn’t sing about all of them all at once. Much of this is movingly done...Slick earnestness is a tough swallow — a jagged little pill of its own...This w...
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May 25th, 2018
“Always engaging, often moving and even rousing, the show boasts dramatic interest and integrity on its own theatrical terms...This sheer synopsis might suggest a laundry list of every hot-button issue...Yet ‘Jagged Little Pill’ is no cynical exercise. Its characters may touch on a wide spectrum ...
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May 25th, 2018
"This self-aware and synthetically woke musical is trying too hard...Too self-aware and spread too thin to leave much of a lasting impression. Cody highlights her trademark humor in her book, but also bathes it too frequently in cliché...While there is honesty to the performances and a compelling...
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May 26th, 2018
“’Jagged Little Pill’ does establish a reasonable framework for...Morissette songs...But Cody's dialog borders on the twee and is much more successful when surprising us with comic flourishes...Staging alternates between brilliant and overdone...It's as if Paulus doesn't trust the material or her...
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