'Jagged Little Pill the Musical' Is Bringing Its Alanis Morissette Soundtrack to Australia This December
Based on Alanis Morissette's back catalogue, the 15-time Tony Award-nominee will still head to Sydney this year after postponing its original September launch due to lockdown.
This news isn't like rain on your wedding day. It doesn't resemble finding a black fly in your chardonnay. And it definitely isn't anything like hitting a traffic jam when you're already late, either. But, it will have you singing those lines — and it is news that you oughta know, too — because 15-time Tony Award-nominated musical Jagged Little Pill is heading to Australia.
The Broadway show's trip Down Under was first announced back in April; however, a lot can happen in just a few months during a pandemic. Indeed, back in July, Jagged Little Pill the Musical postponed its planned September launch — but now it's locked in to make its local debut on Thursday, December 2.
The acclaimed production is making its first trip beyond Broadway, in fact, when it hits the Theatre Royal Sydney. And, when the curtains are raised, it'll help mark another milestone, reopening the Theatre Royal five years after it closed its doors in 2016.
Inspired by Alanis Morissette's 1995 album of the same name, Jagged Little Pill the Musical weaves a story around songs from that iconic record. So yes, it's a jukebox musical like Mamma Mia!, We Will Rock You and Rock of Ages. Famed tracks 'Ironic', 'You Oughta Know', 'Hand in My Pocket', 'Head Over Feet' and 'You Learn' all feature, in a production that boasts music by Morissette and her album co-writer and producer Glen Ballard, lyrics by Morissette, and a book by Juno Oscar-winner Diablo Cody. And, songs such as 'Thank U', 'So Pure', 'That I Would Be Good', 'So Unsexy' and 'Hands Clean' all pop up as well, even though they hail from the musician's subsequent albums.
At present, tickets are on sale for shows until Sunday, December 19, all starring Natalie Bassingthwaighte. She'll play Mary Jane Healey, with Jagged Little Pill the Musical telling the Healey family's tale as they struggle with their seemingly idyllic suburban lives after a troubling event in their community.
Expect to hear Morissette's tunes — including two new songs written just for the show — used in a story about social issues relevant to today, but also with an overall message of hope, healing and togetherness.
Australians keen to see the musical can look forward to watching it in a venue with quite the history. The 1100-seat Theatre Royal is one of Australia's oldest theatres, dating back to the 1870s. But most folks will know it in its current form, after it reopened in the 1970s with a design by famed Australian architect Harry Seidler as a replacement for the old theatre that was demolished when the MLC Centre was built.
Jagged Little Pill the Musical will play the Theatre Royal Sydney at 108 King Street, Sydney, from Thursday, December 2 — with exact season dates yet to be announced. For further details and to buy tickets, head to the musical's website.
Top image: Jagged Little Pill the Musical Broadway opening night curtain call, Bruce Glikas.
Published on September 27, 2021 by Sarah Ward