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Jagged Little Pill: The Musical Parents Guide Review

Jagged Little Pill: The Musical is a powerful and thought-provoking musical that packs an emotional punch. Check out the details in my parents guide review.

Jagged Little Pill: The Musical Parents Guide

Jagged Little Pill: The Musical has come to St. Louis, playing at the Fabulous Fox Theatre from January 19 through January 21, 2024. The musical Jagged Little Pill is a powerful musical with bite and beauty, rouding and real, based on Alanis Morissette’s world-changing music. Check out the details in my parents guide review.

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Jagged Little Pill: The Musical Parents Guide

In Jagged Little Pill: The Musical: Joy, love, heartache, strength, wisdom, catharsis, LIFE — everything we’ve been waiting to see in a Broadway show — is here in the exhilarating, fearless new musical based on Alanis Morissette’s world-changing music.

Directed by Tony© Award-winner Diane Paulus (Waitress, Pippin, 1776) with a Tony-winning book by Diablo Cody (Juno) and Grammy-winning score, this electrifying production about a perfectly imperfect American family “vaults the audience to its collective feet” (The Guardian). “Redemptive, rousing and real, JAGGED LITTLE PILL stands alongside the original musicals that have sustained the best hopes of Broadway.” (The New York Times)

You live, you learn, you remember what it’s like to feel truly human… at JAGGED LITTLE PILL

Jagged Little Pill: The Musical Parents Guide

Jagged Little Pill: The Musical Age Rating Parents Guide

Let’s take a look at what parents need to know in this parent’s guide and the age rating of the musical before letting their younger children watch Jagged Little Pill: The Musical.

LanguageJagged Little Pill: The Musical contains strong language, with profanity used throughout. Lookout words include one use of the word f*ck, d*mn, sh*t, and wh*re, and more.

Mature Content: The musical contains many adult themes that center around sexual violence, drug use and abuse, and an overdose. Some of the scenes include a character describing details of her rape and protests and discussions in the aftermath. Another character is addicted to painkillers after an accident that messed up their back and is now addicted to opiates. The show follows this character as they buy drugs off the streets, show signs of drug withdrawals, and even have an overdose that puts the character in the hospital. For those sensory-sensitive attendees, the show contains fog, flashing lights, and haze.

Age Rating of Mrs. Doubtfire: The New Musical ComedyThe Fabulous Fox Theatre’s Mrs. Doubtfire: The New Musical Comedy is suggested to have a PG-13 rating by MTI (Musical Theatre International) for strong language, adult themes, drug use, and moments of sexual violence. It is appropriate material for ages 14 and older. The suggestion of parental guidance or an adult guardian is highly recommended for small children under 14 years old. This rating is based on the opinion of the author.

Jagged Little Pill: The Musical runtime: 2 and 30 minutes with an intermission.

Overall Thoughts

Jagged Little Pill: The Musical tackles relevant and challenging themes like opioid addiction, sexual assault, gender identity, and political polarization. While some may find the messaging heavy-handed, it sparks important conversations and resonates with audience members facing similar challenges. 

The cast does a phenomenal job of bringing Alanis Morissette’s anthemic songs to life with raw emotion and powerful vocals. Julie Reiber as Mary Jane Healy is particularly captivating, portraying a woman grappling with grief, addiction, and family struggles.

Jade McLeod’s portrayal of Jo in Jagged Little Pill has garnered significant attention and praise. McLeod is non-binary, and their interpretation of Jo reflects this identity. The character, originally written as female, has been re-conceptualized as non-binary, offering a powerful representation for LGBTQ+ audiences and sparking important conversations about gender fluidity. They bring an incredible vocal talent to the role, injecting passion and raw emotion into Alanis Morissette’s iconic songs. Their rendition of “You Oughta Know” is particularly electrifying, earning them mid-show standing ovations.

The choreography in Jagged Little Pill: The Musical seamlessly blends contemporary dance with rock-and-roll energy, adding visual dynamism and emotional depth to the storytelling. The score, featuring beloved hits from Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill” album and beyond, is guaranteed to send chills down your spine and have you singing along (whether you want to admit it or not!)

Overall Jagged Little Pill: The Musical is a powerful and thought-provoking show that packs an emotional punch. It’s not for the faint of heart, but its raw honesty, stunning performances, and iconic music make for a truly unforgettable experience. If you’re looking for a musical that tackles current issues head-on and leaves you both entertained and challenged, Jagged Little Pill is definitely worth considering.

Jagged Little Pill: The Musical Parents Guide