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Jagged Little Pill review round-up at the Broadhurst Theatre in New York

Jagged Little Pill, the new musical based on Alanis Morissette’s seminal album on the same name, has opened at the Broadhurst Theatre in New York.

And the reviews are very positive with good news from Variety, The Guardian, The New York Times and more.

The original Broadway cast of Jagged Little Pill are Drama Desk Award Nominee Elizabeth Stanley as “Mary Jane,” Sean Allan Krill as “Steve”, Celia Rose Gooding as “Frankie” and Derek Klena as “Nick”; alongside Kathryn Gallagher as “Bella,” Lauren Patten as “Jo,” and Antonio Cipriano as “Phoenix,” all of whom reprise their roles from the musical’s record-breaking, sold-out world premiere at American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) Completing the cast are Annelise Baker, Yeman Brown, Jane Bruce, John Cardoza, Ken Wulf Clark, Laurel Harris, Logan Hart, Zach Hess, Max Kumangai, Heather Lang, Ezra Menas, Kelsey Orem, Yana Perrault, Nora Schell, Kei Tsuruharatani and Ebony Williams.

Jagged Little Pill features Movement Direction & Choreography by Olivier Award-winner and frequent Beyoncé collaborator Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. Musical Supervision, Orchestrations and Arrangements are by Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winner Tom Kitt.

Read a round-up of theatre reviews for Jagged Little Pill, below.

Average Critics Rating
★★★★

Jagged Little Pill reviews

Variety

"This is a show you want to shout about"

"Morissette’s youthful perspective and the rocking-good score make “Jagged Little Pill” feel very much of the moment — this moment."

"What makes this musical so seriously smart is the way that some of the most beloved songs from Morissette’s iconic album come right out of the dramatic content, rather than being slapped on top of a wobbly book scene."

Marilyn Stasio, Variety
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The New York Times

"With ‘Jagged Little Pill,’ They Finally Fixed the Jukebox"

"clear in its priorities, rich in character, sincere without syrup, rousing and real. It easily clears the low bar of jukebox success to stand alongside the dark original musicals that have been sustaining the best hopes of Broadway in recent years."

Jesse Green, The New York Times
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Rolling Stone
★★★★

"Burns with passion"

"Sure, the production wears its earnestness on its sleeve. But it does it so honestly and openly that I forgive it. It’s like a spoiled teenager you want to throttle for being so self-involved and whiny but can’t quite reject because of its enthusiastic beauty and unspoiled passion. As its name has always so annoyingly suggested, Jagged Little Pill is that essential bitter medicine that — despite our jaded impulses — must be swallowed and enjoyed so we can be cured."

Jerry Portwood, Rolling Stone
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Time Out New York
★★★

"HEADLINE"

"Jagged Little Pill has moments of exciting stagecraft and performance"

Adam Feldman, Time Out New York
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The Guardian
★★★★

"Alanis musical hits Broadway with a bang"

"Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody has brought Alanis Morissette’s music to the stage with a contrived yet hugely entertaining show"

"On Broadway, Jagged Little Pill harnesses the hyperemotionalism of its source to shake off the cynicism and formulaic strictures of the typical jukebox musical. Yes, its plot is shaky and contrived, its songs – and there are so, so many of them – histrionic. It seizes on enough hot-button issues – sexual assault, the opioid epidemic, internet addiction, workaholism, misogyny, sex and gender identity, and OK, sure, gun violence, too – to singe the first row. It is, indisputably, too much and that too muchness is what makes it so watchable."

Alexis Soloski, The Guardian
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The Washington Post

"You oughta know this about ‘Jagged Little Pill’: It’s hard to swallow as a Broadway musical."

Peter Marks, The Washington Post
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The Wall Street Journal

"‘Jagged Little Pill’ Review: Hard to Swallow"

"A show inspired by Alanis Morissette’s grunge-flavored pop album about teenage love and life is no cure for juke-box musicals’ ills."

Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal
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