Jagged Little Pill at the Theatre Royal
Sydney audiences were the first in Australia to see the award-winning Jagged Little Pill in the newly refurbished Theatre Royal. The musical went on to tour around Australia, but has proven popular with Sydneysiders – now it’s back for another run.
The pop 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 stars in the lead role of Mary Jane Healy, the perfectly imperfect mother.
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.
Jagged Little Pill was 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.