Jagged Little Pill The Musical
JAGGED LITTLE PILL to launch theatre royal Sydney in an exclusive limited season this December Sydney gets it first 15 Tony award nominations including best new musical ceremony airs live from broadway 9AM this morning Starring Australian stage, screen and music star multi award winning Natalie Bassingthwaighte.
Producers Vivek J. Tiwary, Arvind Ethan David, Eva Price, Howard Panter for Trafalgar Entertainment and Torben Brookman for GWB Entertainment are thrilled to announce that the Australian tour of JAGGED LITTLE PILL, the 15-time Tony Award nominated Broadway musical, inspired by the ground-breaking album of the same name by Grammy Award winner Alanis Morissette, will now premiere in Sydney, opening Theatre Royal Sydney on December 2nd for an exclusive limited season.
“We are thrilled to be reopening the magnificent newly refurbished Theatre Royal Sydney with Jagged Little Pill. An exceptional new musical for an exceptional reborn world class theatre.” said Sir Howard Panter, Joint CEO Trafalgar Entertainment Group
As previously announced the original Sydney season was postponed due to COVID 19 restrictions and original ticket holders will be notified directly regarding the new rescheduled performance dates in December.
Natalie Bassingthwaighte will star in the Australian production of JAGGED LITTLE PILL in the lead role of Mary Jane Healy, the perfectly imperfect mother, she has it altogether on the outside but is achingly fragile on the inside, learning to navigate her own struggles but also safeguarding her and her family’s needs for healing. Natalie is one of Australia’s most awarded and beloved entertainers, having developed a rich career as an actor, musician and TV presenter. She was most recently seen on Australian stage in her critically acclaimed performance as Roxy Hart in Chicago. After commencing her career in musical theatre productions such as Rent, Grease and Footloose, the multiple Logie Award nominee also has vast acting credits including her successful long run in Neighbours and is about to star in Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis playing a young Elvis’ Stepmother alongside Tom Hanks. Natalie has appeared as host and judge on a variety of TV talent programs in Australia and New Zealand and as the front woman for Australian pop dance group The Rogue Traders she went on to dominate the pop music charts before releasing her solo album which debuted at Number 1 on the ARIA charts.
“I am beyond excited and privileged to be part of this incredible show. I have such admiration for the key creative team in Alanis, Diablo and Diane who have created a show full of heart, courage, determination, and a vulnerability which I am looking forward to bringing to the role of MJ. I was a huge Alanis fan and of the album as a young adult, a time where I was discovering what sort of person I wanted to become, and I can’t wait to be able to tell this story on stage through the incredible music and lyrics entertaining audiences but also filling them with hopeful inspiration.”, said Natalie Bassingthwaighte.
This news in Australia comes on the eve of the prestigious Tony Awards on Broadway where JAGGED LITTLE PILL is the most nominated show with a total of 15 nominations, and one of the most Tony nominated productions of all time. Tickets sales in New York are reaching daily records as it hurtles towards its return to the stage. Sydney audiences will be the first outside of Broadway to experience this electrifying and inspiring production from December as it plays an exclusive limited season at the Theatre Royal Sydney.
“To be able to announce the Australian Premiere in the same week as our Broadway company is nominated for 15 Tony awards including Best Musical is a source of intense pride and joy. We are honoured to have the luminous Natalie Bassingthwaighte in the lead role of Mary Jane Healy.
The world and Covid-19 have not made things easy, but we know that our endlessly resourceful and tenacious partners Trafalgar Entertainment have assembled an extraordinary cast and team and we can’t wait to reopen the historic Theatre Royal Sydney and show Australian audiences the uncompromising power of JAGGED LITTLE PILL.” said lead producer Arvind Ethan David.
Further casting for the Australian production will be announced shortly.
NSW Minister for the Arts Don Harwin said, “Sydney is coming back with a bang, opening this fantastic, reimagined venue with the first production of JAGGED LITTLE PILL outside of Broadway.
This is sure to be an incredible show, drawing on one of the greatest albums of our time, and fans will be in for an unforgettable night out. It’s the first of many great productions for the Royal that’ll bring nightlife back into the centre of our great city,” Mr Harwin said.
NSW Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said, “This production at the Royal showcases everything we do brilliantly here in the Harbour City. Audiences will be able to soak up the culture, world-class hospitality and 24-hour economy.”
JAGGED LITTLE PILL is an emphatic new musical with a story that takes a look at what it means to be alive in 21st century America ignited by Morissette’s beloved hits such as ‘You Oughta Know,’ ‘Head Over Feet,’ ‘Hand In My Pocket,’ and ‘Ironic’, as well as 2 brand new songs written just for the show. JAGGED LITTLE PILL features lyrics by Alanis Morissette with music by Morissette and six-time Grammy Award winner Glen Ballard and an original story written by Oscar Award winner Diablo Cody (Juno, Tully). The explosive production is Directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Waitress, Pippin), Movement Direction and Choreography is by Olivier Award winner Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui with Music Supervision, Orchestrations and arrangements by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Kitt.
The story of JAGGED LITTLE PILL centres around the Healy’s, a seemingly perfect suburban family striving to hide the cracks beneath the surface when a troubling event shakes their community. Using themes and emotions in the original album, the musical embraces today’s powerful social voice and burns with passion in its uplifting storytelling, ultimately highlighting the hope and healing that comes when people come together.
JAGGED LITTLE PILL opened on Broadway in December 2019 following its record-breaking, sold-out world premiere at the American Repertory Theater. Fans and critics were unapologetic with their love for the musical and of course were devastated when the show had to shut down due to Covid 19 restrictions 3 months into its Broadway season. Its success though has not been halted with a 2021 Grammy Award win for the Best Musical Theatre Album released through Atlantic Records and then scooping the pool with 15 Tony Award nominations including Best Musical, Best Director, Best Book and Best Choreography making it the production with the highest number of Tony Award nominations for this season.
The Australasian premiere of JAGGED LITTLE PILL in Sydney is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW and Destination NSW.
Designer Emily Rebholz (Dear Evan Hansen), Lighting Designer Justin Townsend (Moulin Rouge!), Sound Designer Jonathan Deans (Waitress), and Video Designer Lucy Mackinnon (Spring Awakening); alongside Hair, Wig, and Make-up Designer J. Jared Janas (Sunset Boulevard). Production Stage Management is by Ira Mont (The Producers).
All performances will have conditions of entry adhering to the relevant NSW Government Public Health Orders and health advice.