Jagged Little Pill

Does it go down easy, or is it difficult to swallow?

By Andrew Andrews

Jagged Little Pill weaves a story through the music of Alanis Morissette—in case you couldn’t tell from the title, which is shared with the singer’s best-selling international debut album.

With more than half of the twenty-three songs coming from the eponymous record, the plot follows the day-to-day life of the Healys, an affluent and highly-regarded family in suburban Connecticut, over the course of a year. It’s a stark contrast from Rent, which of course covered a decidedly more Bohemian set of lives in the inner city a generation prior.

With an eight-piece band performing the soundtrack behind an ever-changing set of geometric scenery, film projections and rapidly-moving props, the show provides the feeling of watching a stream of music videos, dynamically performed live before your very eyes.

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Andrew Andrews attended Jagged Little Pill at Broadhurst Theatre in New York on Thursday, January 9, 2020 @ 7:00pm to write this review.

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