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SOME SHOWS YOU SEE. THIS SHOW YOU FEEL.
Joy, rage, love, heartache, strength, wisdom, catharsis, LIFE: everything we’ve been waiting and hoping to see on a Broadway stage for over a year is back, in this exhilarating, fearless new musical based on Alanis Morissette’s world-changing music.
Nominated for 15 Tony Awards® (the most of any show), and a recent Grammy® winner for Best Musical Theater Album, this electrifying production about a perfectly imperfect American family “vaults the audience to its collective feet” (The Guardian). You live, you learn, you remember what it’s like to feel truly human... at JAGGED LITTLE PILL.
Alanis Morissette’s Grammy Award-winning record “Jagged Little Pill” comes to Sydney in a new show that takes the popular songs and reinvents them for the stage. Diablo Cody has crafted an original story around Morissette’s songs about a family searching for themselves and each other. There’s nothing ironic about this heartfelt and powerful new musical.
Directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus, “Jagged Little Pill” follows a Connecticut family who seem to have everything together, but secretly, they’re falling apart. Behind closed doors, mum Mary Jane is struggling with a pill addiction; dad Steve is consumed by porn; their son Nick is striving for perfection; and their adopted daughter Frankie is exploring her sexuality and rebelling against societal norms at all costs. The musical also explores other hot-button issues, such as rape culture and mental health, through 22 of Morissette’s songs, including all 12 from her 1995 album that inspired the show’s title.
What to watch for Although Alanis Morissette agreed to have her songs adapted into a musical, she didn’t want the musical to be about her life in any way.
Book writer Diablo Cody began creating the story with the character of Mary Jane, inspired by the song title of the same name.
Morissette’s music is reimagined for the stage production by “Next to Normal” songwriter Tom Kitt, who also arranged Green Day’s music for Broadway’s “American Idiot.”
Morissette penned two new songs just for “Jagged Little Pill,” titled “Smiling” and “Predator.” Eight songs in the musical come from an album other than “Jagged Little Pill.”
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, who frequently collaborates with Beyoncé, choreographed the show.
2hr 30min (Inc interval)
September 22nd, 2021
Theatre Royal Sydney
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