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Jagged Little Pill Reviews

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Average customer review: 3.0 star rating (2.8 Stars)

Number of reviews: 29

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5.0 star rating Corrie from Boston, MA

SAW THIS IN BOSTON.

I saw this show in Boston and it was incredible. The original cast was amazing. Lauren Patten was a powerhouse who brought the audience to a standing ovation in the middle of the show. If the new cast is remotely as good as the old one it will be an incredible production.

5.0 star rating Breona from Seattle, Washington

POWERFUL, REAL AND NOSTALGIC

I read the reviews before going to the show and was kind of worried. A lot of them said the play was disjointed and too dark. I think they missed the point and maybe had never actually listened to the album because it’s about rage, relationship conflict, and self discovery. I also have been to a fair amount of plays and I think this was the best play I have seen in a long time. The singers were incredible, the story line fluidly fit in the songs in a moving way, they had a great balance between heaviness and humor, there was a live band on stage, the choreography was amazing and helped convey a lot of the story line and raw emotions, and it brought up relevant topics that have touched many of our lives. Also if you grew up in the 90s it really takes you back. Expect to laugh, cry, and want to sing along. The one critique I will agree with is that there were some parts where it was hard to hear the words over the music.

5.0 star rating Charlie from Seattle, Washington

SEATTLE PARAMOUNT NOV 9, 2022

Wow! Blew me away! I absolutely loved it! Can’t recommend it enough! I’ve never seen a play try to tackle the idea of intergenerational trauma from sex assault and do it in a way where you leave feeling hopeful that things can change. As a survivor, it was really moving for me and I just wanted to say thank you. It made me feel a sense of power and support that I can’t explain and embodied a lot of the ways alanis’s music has allowed me to feel angry, strong and seen over the years.

5.0 star rating JR from Portland, Oregon

WELL DONE!

Even with a half dozen understudies, this was a great show. Family dysfunction, sexual assault, tough topics carried out well, and even brought a sense of hope. A little coarse at times, so not sure if I'd bring young children.

5.0 star rating KCF from Chicago, Illinois

AMAZING PERFORMANCE

Best show I have seen in awhile! Just saw the performance in Chicago, amazing! Great vocals, very applicable storyline, great acting! Highly recommend!

5.0 star rating Nicole Monahan from Ottawa, Ontario

ECLECTICALLY INTENSE!

A powerful and moving experience filled with raw emotion and antidotes of perfectly timed humour. A true reflection of the many challenges we face in today’s society, from race and gender identity issues to sexual assault, addiction, marital problems, adoption struggles, acceptance and moral responsibility. All cleverly rolled into a captivating story line, featuring great music and dance. Awesome production!

5.0 star rating Megan from Minneapolis, Minnesota

PHENOMENAL!

I had no idea what to expect going into this show (other than the trigger warnings email I received prior to the show). All I knew was I love the music. I was blown away. I have seen many shows and this was hands down my favorite. The music, vocals, cast and message were so powerful!! 100 percent worth seeing!

5.0 star rating Lisa Handley from Minneapolis, Minnesota

HONEST AND REVEALING - POWERFUL -

WOW! What an amazing, emotional, heavy, real, stomach turning, (Chris says "honest & revealing) play. The cast was incredible!!! One of the best dance scenes ever! Tears rolling down our faces. (Couch scene.) Minneapolis Orpheum Theatre

5.0 star rating Sam Dan from Denver, Colorado

EXCEEDED EXPECATIONS

I went to this show not knowing the premise of the storyline at all. I went b/c Alanis was my college anthem and loved the cd from start to finish. The show blew me away, from laughing to crying to cheering to taking a deep breath feeling all the feels. I want to see it again.

5.0 star rating Maria Schanzle from St. Louis, Missouri

AMAZING SHOW

I love Alanis and her music! This production did not disappoint! The cast covered sexual assault, drug addiction and so many pressures faced in today’s society . I had many emotions crying, cheering, dancing and laughing. I thought it was done tastefully. Great talent with singing and choreography! My favorites were You Oughta Know and Uninvited! The Uninvited singing and choreography, was showstopper! Goosebumps, so raw! Highly recommend!

3.0 star rating Jamie from Chicago, Illinois

SOME GOOD, SOME BAD

The good: The performances were phenomenal. Both the acting and singing (particularly of the female performers were outstanding. The set designs and graphics were really good as well. The story, while a bit contrived to weave around the songs, was very interesting and kept my attention. It dealt with serious issues in a honest, humorous, respectful and sometimes painful way. The bad: overly woke and overdone agenda (people of color and LGBTQ+ people are heroes, white women are vapid and pretentious, white men are evil and/or clueless, teenagers are brilliant and profound while adults are bumbling idiots)). The choreography was poor and unnecessary. It was confusing, like it wanted to be edgy and gritty and angry, but it ended up looking extremely amateurish, like clumsy people stomping around doing somersaults for no reason (I’m sure the dancers were talented, but the choreography didn’t showcase that at all). As others mentioned, the sound was difficult as well. So loud in some parts my ears literally started ringing.

2.0 star rating Martin Aros from Los Angeles, California

TRY AGAIN!!!

After looking forward to this play, I was terribly disappointed by depressing dysfunctional attempt at a play! Don't waste your money, go buy the Alanis album! Sorry ☹️

2.0 star rating Rick Pierce from Los Angeles, California

WOKE LITTLE PILL

The sound and singers were not of the level we are used to at a Pantages performance. If I have seen 100 shows, this was 99 because certainly I have seen something worse. Depressing woke story about a dysfunctional white family...not carried out very well. Don't waste your time. Many left early.

2.0 star rating Patricia Anderson from San Francisco, California

COULD HAVE BEEN SO MUCH BETTER

To start with, the acoustics were horrendous...the music was incredibly loud which meant none of our party understood the songs with any clarity...it was just noise. Spoken dialog was fine. Play itself was incredibly disjointed. Positive comments: the dancing/choreography was very entertaining and the sets were incredibly creative and enjoyable to watch.

2.0 star rating Donna M from Chicago, Illinois

TOO MUCH SCREAMING AND TOO CLICHE

I thought that the characters was too contrived and cliche. The music sounded like screaming much of the time. That may have been due to poor acoustics and the fact that Morissette's music sometimes seems a little angry and without her special voice can translate into screaming. The sets were pretty good and some of the dancing was fantastic but didn't see to fit well.

2.0 star rating NAC Patron from Ottawa, Ontario

WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS SHOW…

The sound system was horrible. Just loud and had issues picking out the words of songs…sometimes just sounded like yelling. Couldn’t get into the play. Very dark subject matter. Guess I’m more a fan of uplifting plays. Left at intermission time…couldn’t face sticking around for the rest of the show.

2.0 star rating Anne Wormley from Denver, Colorado

SOUND SYSTEM REALLY BAD!!

There were 10 previous reviews about how bad the sound system is and it doesn't sound like anyone from the musical has bothered to read the reviews and correct the problem. WAY TOO LOUD and too much yelling when they were singing, couldn't understand the lyrics except when Chris Hoch who played the father was singing. Wish I would have had ear plugs. Hope someone pays attention to the reviews and fixes the sound system.

2.0 star rating Alanis Fan from Houston, Texas

JAGGED LITTLE PILL - HOUSTON

I always loved Alanis Morissette’s music and she has a spectacular voice so for me it’s hard to hear someone who can’t match her vocals - but the staging was spectacular, the story line was gripping, and I thoroughly enjoyed the music. It’s too bad they couldn’t find the voices to match.

2.0 star rating Richard Woods from Toronto, Ontario

BORING LOUSY CAST

Saw this in Toronto it is a very slow moving production. The cast showed little or no emotion they seemed to be doing a job not entertaining people. The singing for the most part we felt amateurish. I would not recommend seeing it

2.0 star rating John from West Palm Beach, Florida

CANNED MUSIC , DISTORTION, BAD SOUND.

There were serious sound issues, which washed out the first hour of the show. As the story line deepened, it’s impact was lessened. It’s a shame. The impact album of the 90’s deserves better. The cast is performing but their work isn’t being delivered properly due to tech issues. I fell bad for them.

1.0 star rating George B. from Los Angeles, California

PANTAGES 8/13/22 YEECH

Maybe we are a little too old. That said, we’re fans of Alanis Morrisette. The sound system was horrible, the crowd was noisy, young, and maybe didn’t know what a good musical should sound like. Left very early!

1.0 star rating Liz from Portland, Oregon

SOUND WAS TERRIBLE

Saw the show in Portland, OR. I don't know if the terrible sound and acoustics are the auditorium's problem or the production's, but it was awful. Too loud. To fuzzy. Didn't even sound like Alanis music. Honestly, it was my first time leaving a show at intermission and I was so disappointed because I had really been looking forward to this musical.

1.0 star rating CW from Portland, Oregon

DISAPPOINTED

Acoustics were bad, music was so loud my ears still hurt, couldn’t understand much of the singing which was mostly nothing more than yelling at the audience. Worst play I’ve seen at the Keller. We left at the intermission, along with many others.

1.0 star rating Craig Schroeder from Portland, Oregon

YUK !

I have seen 100 plays in my time , this is the first one I got up and left . Don’t waste you money !

1.0 star rating Mike Runkle from Chicago, Illinois

WOULD RATHER LISTEN TO PAVAROTTI SING GRUNGE.

Her album is great, but arranging it for choral/ ensemble work is contrived & forced. Forced dialogue in an attempt to weave together a story. This is like going to Long John Silver and expecting to find fresh seafood. With the exception of an episode where the lead goes back in time, the choreography didn't make any sense and looked like it may have be better suited to a middle school production. The performers were okay, but this show should not have been revived.

1.0 star rating EMM from Ottawa, Ontario

JAGGED LITTLE PILL OTTAWA

Hugely disappointed. Vocals were usually drowned by the band. Even when I knew the wording, I couldn’t follow the vocals. The songs were not sung so much as yelled at the audience. The plot was jejune, pedestrian , and entirely predictable. Typical tripe from a woke mind; nothing anywhere close to Juno. Maybe I’m unusual, but I personally knew two women with much worse stories than the protagonists. In summary, a predictable plot with poorly executed vocals. I asked my companion, during the intermission, if she wanted to leave, as I was more than ready to do so. I had never considered this for any other show.

1.0 star rating ShowyColorado from Denver, Colorado

HO-R-R-R-RIBLE

Still nursing my eardrums this morning after seeing the first act in Denver last night. The screaming was unbearable, and that’s too bad because the talent was good. The choreography…what choreography? The storylines were boring and contrived. The dialogues weak. Sound quality didn’t help trying to figure out what the emitted sounds meant. Did not expect such a bad production gets to have a national tour.

1.0 star rating Cheryl Cusack from Toronto, Ontario

THE WORST EVER

This was the absolute WORST show I have ever seen, so bad in fact didn't return fort he second half. Felt like I was watching high school theatre kids that can't sing or act ! What a waste of money, I have season tickets and this was not worth including in the cast of shows!!!

1.0 star rating Aimee Sanders from Sacramento, California

HIGH SCHOOL GRADE PERFORMANCE AND SOUND.

MJ was the only thing carrying this production. The sound was terrible, too soft then someone overcompensated and was too loud. At least half the cast was under or over mic'ed, the other half had cotton balls stuffed in their mouths, at least 4 characters were off key, along with the band too, the spotlights couldn't keep up with the actors, and unfortunately the story fell apart with the bad performances of the cast. If you have an opportunity to give your tickets away then do it, this is not a production with seeing. If I could have left early I would have. Sunday 3pm

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If you thought you were an Alanis Morissette fan, cue Diablo Cody (Book) making her Broadway debut with Jagged Little Pill. The production features songs by Morissette's much loved Grammy-winning album plus a few new tracks, however, the storyline has

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