Jagged Little Pill
Sydney audiences will be able to see the award-winning Jagged Little Pill in the newly refurbished Theatre Royal when it comes to Australia in December for a limited season. The show was meant to be here earlier this year but was delayed due to Covid-19.
The award-winning musical takes songs and lyrics from the groundbreaking album by Alanis Morissette that had kids screaming You Oughta Know at the top of their lungs in the ’90s. Australian actor, musician and TV presenter Natalie Bassingthwaighte will star in the lead role of Mary Jane Healy, the perfectly imperfect mother. Further casting details will be announced shortly.
Though the album that catapulted Morissette to global success was released in 1995, the musical’s themes are grounded in what it means to be American today. It follows the story of a suburban family striving to hide the cracks beneath the surface when a troubling event shakes their community.
Using tracks like Hand in My Pocket and Ironic, as well as a couple of new songs written by Morissette, the musical is centred around the good that comes when people come together. The uplifting show was nominated for 15 Tony Awards and won a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.
News of the new dates for the Sydney season comes on the eve of the Tony Awards on Broadway, where the musical is nominated for 15 awards.
Jagged Little Pill will be the first show to play at the refurbished Theatre Royal in Sydney – the King Street theatre closed in 2016 as part of the MLC Centre’s upgrades.