BY: PHEOBE HORIBE
Tonight we are hosting a Jagged Little Pill Stage Door Session with our friends at Playbill! ICYMI, Jagged Little Pill has been nominated for FIFTEEN Tony Awards this year, including Best Musical. Featuring music from Alanis Morissette, the musical opened to rave reviews before COVID forced the Broadway shutdown. Here are six things you need to know about the musical, and the music that inspired it… and don’t forget to join us tonight at 8pm to meet cast members and ask all your questions! It’s raining… it’s Thursday… it’s a guaranteed good time. Tickets here!
1. Jagged Little Pill is TWENTY FIVE years old.
This year marks the 25th anniversary for Alanis Morissette’s album “Jagged Little Pill’. There was a planned national tour for this year, but it was postponed due to COVID-19. The 25th Anniversary Tour has plans to begin in June 2021.
2. Double-Diamond Sales
Jagged Little Pill is actually one of the best-selling albums of all time. The album sold more than 33 million copies making Alanis the first Canadian artist to achieve double-diamond sales. It topped the charts in 13 countries and in 1996, it gave her six Grammy nominations and four Grammy Awards.
3. You Learn From Your Past Albums
Though Jagged Little Pill was a huge success around the world, it wasn’t Alanis’s first album. She had released two albums prior to that which were only released in Canada, At just 17 years-old, she released the self-titled album Alanis which reached platinum status. (Also, she’s giving us major Mariah Carey vibes on that cover… just saying.) A year later, she also released the album titled Now Is the Time which was more of a pop-dance album than her usual alternative-rock that we all know and love.
4. “Smiling” + “Predator”
The Broadway musical Jagged Little Pill features songs on the album, but also a few others. While most of the songs come from the album with the same title, a few songs like “Thank U,” “Uninvited,” and “Unprodigal Daughter” were taken from other albums. On top of that, Alanis wanted to write new songs for the show and she wrote “Smiling” as well as “Predator” just for this show.
5. Thank U for The Empathy
The show touches on a lot of sensitive subjects such as drug use, and the creative team wanted to make sure they really did their homework on it. They wanted to portray the use of drugs in a realistic way and how best to handle those kinds of situations. They talked to staff from Harvard Medical School who helped them understand what people in real life are going through and how best to speak and show empathy to survivors who might come see the show. Director Diane Paulus said, “I think every single member of this company took that to heart and wanted to be rigorous and mindful about it. That affected every aspect.”
6. Jagged Little Necklace
The musical Jagged Little Pill had its out-of-town production in Cambridge, MA at the American Repertory Theater. After the successful run, Alanis gifted everyone in the cast with a unique gold necklace that had a jagged little pill on it. Many of the cast members were seen wearing it on opening night at the Broadhurst Theatre.