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Jagged Little Pill the Musical

The 15-time Tony Award-nominee will head to the Comedy Theatre in January.
By Sarah Ward
November 02, 2021
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By Sarah Ward
November 02, 2021
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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 — because 15-time Tony Award-nominated musical Jagged Little Pill is heading to Melbourne.

The Broadway show's debut trip Down Under was first announced back in April; however, its planned September launch in Sydney was then postponed due to lockdown. Now, it's locked in to make its Aussie premiere in December in the Harbour City, before hitting up Melbourne from January.

The entire Aussie run marks the acclaimed production's first trip beyond Broadway, in fact — and it'll play the Comedy Theatre from Sunday, January 2, 2022.

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, February 6, 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.

Images: Jagged Little Pill the Musical original Broadway cast, Matthew Murphy.

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