The 15-time Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical, ‘Jagged Little Pill’ will premiere at Theatre Royal Sydney on 23 September 2021.
Inspired by the ground-breaking album of the same name by Grammy Award winner Alanis Morissette in Sydney, audiences will be the first outside of Broadway to experience this electrifying and inspiring production.
‘Jagged Little Pill’ is an emphatic new musical with a story that takes a look at what it means to be alive in the 21st century America, ignited by Morissette’s beloved hits such as ‘You Oughta Know,’ ‘Head Over Feet,’ ‘Hand In My Pocket,’ and ‘Ironic’, as well as 2 brand new songs that were written just for the show.
“I am so excited that our much-loved musical will make its way to your Sydney shores very soon! Creating this show alongside an incredible artist and songwriter like Alanis was both a gift and a privilege,” said writer Diablo Cody.
“Alanis’s iconic album inspired me to tell a story that was both emotional and hopeful, and I’m so grateful it has come to life with Diane’s incredible direction and Larbi and Tom’s choreography and music arrangements. It was an absolute dream for me to work with this creative ‘dream team’ on my first Broadway show.”
The heartfelt and optimistic musical is the perfect vehicle to relaunch the iconic Theatre Royal Sydney, which is currently undergoing significant multi-million dollar refurbishment ahead of the premiere. The area in Sydney’s CBD is a hive of activity at the moment as construction of the theatre continues amongst the major redevelopment of the entire precinct.
Released on 13 June 1995, the tremendous success of Alanis Morissette’s album ‘Jagged Little Pill’ skyrocketed her to become the bestselling international debut artist in history; a title she still holds, with the record’s sales reaching 33 million copies worldwide winning 5 Grammy Awards. Now, 25 years after its release, ‘Jagged Little Pill’ continues to be one of the Top 20 Best-Selling Albums of All Time. In Australia, the album has sold in excess of one million albums, is certified 2 x Diamond, spent 10 weeks at #1 and was the highest-selling album in 1996. With 10 eclectic and acclaimed albums released over the subsequent years, Morissette’s music has garnered 7 Grammy Awards (with 14 nominations), a Golden Globe nomination, and total sales of over 60 million albums.
The musical story of ‘Jagged Little Pill’ centres around The Healys, a seemingly perfect suburban family striving to hide the cracks beneath the surface when a troubling event shakes their community. Using themes and emotions in the original album, the musical embraces today’s powerful social voice and burns with passion in its uplifting storytelling, ultimately highlighting the hope and healing that comes when people come together.
The musical features music and lyrics by Morissette and six-time Grammy Award winner Glen Ballard, with an original story written by Oscar Award winner Diablo Cody (‘Juno’, ‘Tully’). The explosive production is Directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (‘Waitress’, ‘Pippin’), Movement Direction and Choreography are by Olivier Award winner Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui with Music Supervision, Orchestrations and arrangements by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Kitt.
Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney, Stuart Ayres said that securing the Australian premiere of Jagged Little Pill was a coup for Sydney and would drive economic benefit for NSW through job creation and visitor expenditure.
“Securing world-class productions for Sydney such as Jagged Little Pill adds interest and universal appeal to our events calendar while supporting key priorities of the Visitor Economy Strategy 2030,” said Ayres.
“Musicals are a major contributor to the NSW visitor economy, and we look forward to welcoming over 80,000 visitors to Sydney to see this innovative musical come to life on the stage and enjoy all that Sydney has to offer, from world-class retail and dining experiences to contemporary musical theatre. Now is the time to book in your tickets and plan your next Sydney escape”.
‘Jagged Little Pill’ first opened on Broadway in December 2019 following its record-breaking, sold-out world premiere at the American Repertory Theater. Fans and critics were unapologetic with their love for the musical and of course, were devastated when the show had to shut down due to COVID-19 restrictions three months into its Broadway season. Its success though has not been halted with a 2021 Grammy Award win for the Best Musical Theatre Album released through Atlantic Records and then scooping the pool with 15 Tony Award nominations including Best Musical, Best Director, Best Book and Best Choreography making it the production with the highest number of Tony Award nominations for this season.
Broadway has also just announced its reopening and audiences once again are embracing the show with tickets sales reaching daily records as it hurtles towards its return to the stage on 21 October 2021.
Australian audiences will be able to experience the show from 23 September 2021 in Sydney.
Tickets are on sale now via the official ‘Jagged Little Pill’ website.
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Title Image by David Boon. Article Imagery by Matthew Murphy.