The Jagged Little Pill Musical Written By Diablo Cody Is Heading to Broadway

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Last year, a play featuring the music of Alanis Morissette’s heart-rage classic Jagged Little Pill and a story from Diablo Cody premiered at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It must not have sucked, because it’s been announced that the Jagged Little Pill musical will be coming to Broadway later this year. I hope the theater really stocks up on those $30 sippy cups of white wine, because this production has a clear target demographic, and that demographic will want to be hammered.


According to the New York Times, the play’s original 10-week run was totally sold out. Critic Jesse Green called it “passionate if overwrought,” which one would assume based on the music alone, but it sounds like that’s only the beginning: The main characters consist of a “wealthy, unhappy” Connecticut family comprised of a pill-popping mother; a workaholic, porn-addicted father; an “overprogrammed” high school senior son and an adopted daughter, who is black and “basically lives in a permanent state of having her hair touched by white girls.” There are also four other featured characters outside the family, all bound together by “the trauma of rape culture.” Busy!

They play will be directed by Diane Paulus, and will obviously feature songs from Morissette’s 1995 album, which she cowrote with Glen Ballard.



I saw it in Cambridge and it was.. a lot. But also amazing? Diablo Cody definitely tries to pack everything in (In the words of Stefan this show has everything! Suburban drug addiction! An angsty interracial non-binary teen couple!  An actual women’s march!) but it somehow kind of works.

But if nothing else, see it for Lauren Patten’s “You Oughta Know,” which got a standing ovation every single night, even though it’s just in the middle of a scene and not a closing act number.

Also the way they handled “Ironic” was clever.