|JAGGED LITTLE PILL Reopening Broadway Cast to Include Grammy nominee Heidi Blickenstaff and Morgan Dudley; Tony Nominees Stanley, Gallagher, Klena, Krill, Patten, and Cipriano To Return|
|Posted by: Official_Press_Release 11:33 am EDT 09/23/21|
|GRAMMY & OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE NOMINEE HEIDI BLICKENSTAFF
And BROADWAY NEWCOMER MORGAN DUDLEY
JOIN THE BROADWAY CAST OF THE GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING
AND 15-TIME TONY AWARD-NOMINATED MUSICAL
JAGGED LITTLE PILL
RE-OPENING AT THE BROADHURST THEATER ON OCTOBER 21, 2021
BLICKENSTAFF TO SHARE THE LEAD ROLE OF 'MARY JANE HEALY'
WITH TONY AWARD NOMINEE ELIZABETH STANLEY
WHO RETURNS FROM MATERNITY LEAVE IN NOVEMBER
RETURNING ORIGINAL CAST MEMBERS INCLUDE TONY AWARD NOMINEES:
KATHRYN GALLAGHER, DEREK KLENA, SEAN ALLAN KRILL, LAUREN PATTEN,
AND ANTONIO CIPRIANO
(New York, NY) Producers Vivek J. Tiwary, Arvind Ethan David, and Eva Price are pleased to announce the Broadway cast set to re-open the 15-time Tony Award-nominated musical JAGGED LITTLE PILL. Joining the company upon the show's return to the Broadhurst Theatre on October 21, 2021, is Outer Critics Circle and Grammy Award nominee Heidi Blickenstaff (she/her - Something Rotten!, [title of show], Disney Channel's Freaky Friday) as Mary Jane Healy - who steps into the show's leading role during the maternity leave of Tony-nominated original star Elizabeth Stanley. Stanley will return to the role of Mary Jane on a limited schedule beginning in November, thereafter sharing the role with Blickenstaff. Newcomer Morgan Dudley (she/they - The Prom film, Henry Danger) makes her Broadway debut as Frankie Healy, taking over the role from departing Tony Award nominee Celia Rose Gooding, who recently landed the iconic role of Uhura in "Star Trek: Strange New Worlds." Blickenstaff and Dudley star alongside returning Tony-nominated original cast members Derek Klena (he/him) as Nick Healy, Sean Allan Krill (he/him) as Steve Healy, Kathryn Gallagher (she/her) as Bella, Lauren Patten (she/her) as Jo, and Antonio Cipriano (he/him) as Phoenix.
New to the ensemble cast are Runako Campbell (she/her), Janine DiVita (she/her), Veronica Otim (she/her), Wren Rivera (they/them), and Grace Slear (they/them). They join the returning company of Annelise Baker (she/her), Yeman Brown (he/they), Jane Bruce (she/her), John Cardoza (he/him), Ken Wulf Clark (he/him), Laurel Harris (she/her), Logan Hart (he/him), Zach Hess (he/him), Max Kumangai (he/him), Heather Lang (she/her), Kelsey Orem (she/her), DeAnne Stewart (she/her), and Kei Tsuruharatani (they/them).
"We couldn't think of a better person to share the role of Mary Jane Healy with Elizabeth than the extraordinarily talented virtuoso Heidi Blickenstaff, who is bringing her own unique interpretation to the role," said producer Eva Price. "We can't wait for these two women to thrill and inspire audiences at the Broadhurst this fall."
"I am very excited for Elizabeth having become a mother!" said Alanis Morissette. "And thrilled that she is able to return to the role of Mary Jane in a way that cares for this deeply important chapter of her personal journey - by sharing the role with Heidi, who herself is a mom. It takes a village to raise a child, and it takes a Broadway village to support a mother. This level of support is exciting, collaborative and path-clearing for moms - to know that they can remain expressed and connected with their artistic community, while embracing the priority and intimacy of motherhood."
Morissette continues with, "a super warm welcome to Morgan, who feels like a true multi-gifted powerhouse, and I am very excited for her to grace us in this musical." Producer Vivek J. Tiwary adds, "We're so moved by the talent and spirit of Morgan Dudley-who captivated us from the first moment we saw them. As we embark on our re-opening with Heidi, Morgan and new cast members Runako Campbell, Janine DiVita, Veronica Otim, Wren Rivera, and Grace Slear - who join our brilliant returning company - we share a renewed hope and a determination that we are creating a space that is inclusive, and one where everyone can thrive."
Inspired by the seminal rock album of the same name by seven-time Grammy Award winner Alanis Morissette, JAGGED LITTLE PILL is an "electrifying, visceral and stunning" (The Hollywood Reporter) new musical with an original story about a perfectly imperfect American family, written by Academy Award-winner Diablo Cody?(Juno, Tully). Ignited by Morissette's groundbreaking lyrics and music - from beloved hits such as "You Oughta Know," "Head Over Feet," "Hand In My Pocket," and "Ironic", to brand new songs written for the show - JAGGED LITTLE PILL is directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Waitress, Pippin). Through explosive choreography by Tony Award nominee and frequent Beyoncé collaborator Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui ("Apesh*t"; "Love Drought/Sandcastles" Live at The Grammys), and the raw power of an onstage band under the Musical Supervision, Orchestrations and Arrangements of Grammy, Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Kitt (Next to Normal, American Idiot), the musical creates a spellbinding experience that "vaults the screaming 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, 'Critic's Pick'). The musical received a season-leading 15 Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical.
The Tony-nominated JAGGED LITTLE PILL creative team includes Scenic Designer Riccardo Hernandez (Parade), Costume 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).
JAGGED LITTLE PILL opened at the Broadhurst Theatre (235 W 44th St., NYC) on Thursday, December 5, 2019 following its record-breaking, sold-out world premiere at American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) in Cambridge, MA. The pre-Broadway world premiere production of JAGGED LITTLE PILL ran for 79 sold-out performances, from May 5-July 15, 2018, marking the longest-running and highest-grossing production in the theater's history.
Released on June 13, 1995, the tremendous success of Alanis Morissette's album Jagged Little Pill skyrocketed her to become the bestselling international debut artist in history; a title she still holds, with the record's sales reaching 33 million copies worldwide. Now, 25 years after its release, Jagged Little Pill continues to be one of the Top 20 Best-Selling Albums of All Time. With ten eclectic and acclaimed albums released over the subsequent years, Morissette's music has garnered 7 Grammy Awards (with 14 nominations), a Golden Globe nomination, and total sales of over 60 million albums.
Atlantic Records partnered with the Broadway musical JAGGED LITTLE PILL for the release of its Original Broadway Cast Recording, adding the production to the label's elite roster of Grammy Award-winning artists and cast albums. The cast album was officially released on December 6, 2019 - the day after the show's opening night on Broadway - and won the 2021 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album.
Tickets from $49 are available for performances beginning October 21, 2021, and can be purchased via www.Telecharge.com/212-239-6200 (outside NY metro area: 800-432-7250), or by visiting the Broadhurst Theatre Box Office at 235 W 44th St., NYC.
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HEIDI BLICKENSTAFF (Mary Jane Healy, at certain performances), she/her. Broadway: Something Rotten! (Bea), Outer Critics and Grammy nominations, The Addams Family (Alice), Disney's The Little Mermaid (Ursula), The Full Monty, and [title of show] (Heidi). Heidi created the role of Katherine in Freaky Friday for Disney Channel and Disney on Broadway. Other New York: City Center's Encores! The Most Happy Fella (Cleo), The Vineyard Theatre: Now. Here. This. and [title of show]. Favorite Regional: Weston Playhouse: Next to Normal (Diana), Kennedy Center, Signature Theatre and PBS: "First You Dream: The Music Of Kander And Ebb", and Ford's Theatre: Meet John Doe (Ann Mitchell - Helen Hayes Award.)
MORGAN DUDLEY (Frankie Healy) she/they. Originally from Hiram, GA, Morgan Lynee Dudley is best known for her work on screen and on stage. She most recently appeared in the 2020 musical Netflix film The Prom directed by Ryan Murphy. Some of her other notable credits include an appearance in the Nickelodeon hit series Henry Danger, and a feature in season 3 of Scenebot Stage Live where she performed "Burn" from Hamilton.
RUNAKO CAMPBELL (Ensemble), she/her, is overjoyed to make her Broadway debut in Jagged Little Pill! Dance: Ground Works Dance Theater, Jack Harlow. Princeton University alumna and Louis Sudler Prize recipient. Endless love and gratitude to God, family, friends, mentors, and the Jagged team! @runakocampbell
JANINE DIVITA (Ensemble), she/her. Broadway: Grease, Anything Goes, The Mystery of Edwin Drood. National Tours: If/Then, Finding Neverland, Young Frankenstein. Select Regional: Oliver! (Nancy, WST), The Bridges of Madison County (Francesca, TR), Spamalot (Lady of the Lake, TUTS), Evita (Evita, JET). TV/Film includes: The Deuce, Elementary, The Americans. UofMichigan Alum. Love to Rich. www.janinedivita.com
VERONICA OTIM (Ensemble), she/her. Veronica's ecstatic to make her Broadway debut with Jagged! Equally proud to have escaped Zoom university as a Baldwin Wallace MT grad! ALL glory to GOD. Much love to A3 Artists Agency, Beth Rosner Management, Stephen Kopel, BWMT, Gov. School, and most importantly her supportive Family. Wear your mask! @veronicaotim
WREN RIVERA (Ensemble), they/them. Wren is over the moon to be making their Broadway debut with Jagged Little Pill! Wren could last be seen in New York City Center's Bring Me To Light concert. Thank you to their friends, family, and Ball State for their encouragement. Follow along on Instagram @w.t.rivera
GRACE SLEAR (Swing), they/them, is honored to make their Broadway debut in Jagged Little Pill. Additional credits include Footloose at the Kennedy Center's Broadway Center Stage and Reefer Madness The Musical Workshop. Endless gratitude to their loving family and mentors Annette Tanner and Spencer Liff of the international arts organization Broadway Dreams.
ELIZABETH STANLEY(Mary Jane Healy, at certain performances), she/her, starred in the world premiere of the new musical Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette, Diablo Cody, and Glen Ballard, directed by Diane Paulus at A.R.T. She previously appeared on Broadway in the revival of On the Town (Drama Desk Nomination), Million Dollar Quartet, Cry-Baby, and the Tony Award-Winning revival of Company as well as the First National Tours of The Bridges of Madison County and Xanadu. On television, Elizabeth can be seen in "NOS4A2" (upcoming), "FBI," "The Get Down", "The Affair," "Black Box," "Made in Jersey," "Fringe," "The Chappelle Show," and "PBS Great Performances - Company."
SEAN ALLAN KRILL (Steve Healy) he/him. Broadway: Honeymoon in Vegas, On a Clear Day, Mamma Mia! Off-Broadway: Joan of Arc: Into the Fire and Brother/Sister Plays (The Public), Civil War Christmas (NY Theatre Workshop), Hit the Wall (Barrow Street). Regional: Sense and Sensibility (The Old Globe; Craig Noel Award), Sideways (La Jolla), Hot L Baltimore (Steppenwolf), Hamlet and Comedy of Errors (Chicago Shakespeare). Tours: Thoroughly Modern Millie, Mamma Mia! TV: "Godfather of Harlem," "Search Party," "Dr. Death," "Dopesick," "Mr. Robot," "Blacklist", "Blue Bloods." seanallankrill.com
DEREK KLENA (Nick Healy) he/him.most recently received a Tony Award nomination for his performance as "Nick Healy" in Jagged Little Pill. Broadway: Anastasia (OBC) The Bridges of Madison County (OBC), Wicked (10th Anniversary Company.) Off-Broadway/Regional: Dogfight (Second Stage), Carrie (MCC), Diner (Signature Theatre D.C.), Unknown Soldier (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Hairspray (Hollywood Bowl). Television: "Pretty Little Liars" (HBO 2022), "City On A Hill", "The Code", "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt", "Quantico", "Blue Bloods", "Law and Order: SVU", and "Carrie Diaries".
LAUREN PATTEN (Jo) she/her. Lauren is honored to return to Broadway as Jo, after receiving a Tony nomination, a Grammy Award, and a Drama Desk Award for her performance. Broadway: Fun Home. Off-Broadway: The Wolves (Playwright's Realm; Obie and Drama Desk winner), Days of Rage (2ST). Regional: Jagged Little Pill (ART), Spring Awakening (Deaf West). Television: "Blue Bloods," "The Good Fight," "Succession," and the Hulu pilot "Career Opportunities in Murder and Mayhem." For my family. @pattenlauren
KATHRYN GALLAGHER(Bella) she/her. Broadway: Jagged Little Pill (Grammy Award, Tony nomination), Deaf West's Tony-nominated revival of Spring Awakening. TV: "You" (Netflix) Modern Love (Amazon). Original music on Spotify/Apple Music. Instagram: @kathryngallagher. Twitter: @kathryng TikTok: @kathryngallaghersayshi
ANTONIO CIPRIANO (Phoenix)he/him. Off Broadway: Carmelina Regional: Jagged Little Pill (A.R.T), Awards: 2017 Sutton Foster Award for Best Actor, 2017 NHSMTA (Jimmy Awards) finalist. Television: 'God Friended Me' (CBS), 'City On A Hill' (Showtime). So grateful to Stephen Kopel, Principal, Gersh, mom, dad, family, friends and mentors! Tiktok and Insta: @antoniocipriano_
ALANIS MORISSETTE (Lyrics & Music) has been one of the most influential singer-songwriter-musicians in contemporary music since 1995. Her deeply expressive music and performances have earned vast critical praise and seven Grammy awards. Morissette's 1995 debut, "JAGGED LITTLE PILL," was followed by nine more eclectic and acclaimed albums. Outside of entertainment, she is an avid supporter of female empowerment, as well as spiritual, psychological and physical wellness. In December of 2019, "JAGGED LITTLE PILL" the musical made its Broadway debut at the Broadhurst Theatre in New York City, and was nominated for fifteen Tony Awards. In July of 2020, Alanis released her ninth studio album, Such Pretty Forks In The Road, to rave reviews. In August of 2021, Alanis kicked off her world tour celebrating 25 years of Jagged Little Pill. Alanis will also appear as a judge on Fox's upcoming competition show, "Alter Ego."For more information see www.alanis.com.
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