A new Broadway musical written in part by Alanis Morissette generated more than $1 million in ticket sales during its first week.
Jagged Little Pill saw $1,107,845 in sales for the week ending November 10. This was for eight performances that are considered previews of the show. It further filled around 95% of the seats in the Broadhurst Theater and reached 89% of its box office potential. The latter number is expected to rise as ticket prices begin to go up.
The numbers helped raise total revenue on Broadway, which rose 14% for the week to $35.4 million. The number of tickets sold there also rose, 8% to nearly 300,000.
Jagged Little Pill is based on Morissette’s 1997 album of the same name. But the show is not about her directly. Instead, it focuses on a suburban family and the problems that they face.
Jagged Little Pill is not the only musical on Broadway to recently open with ties to a famous female artist.
Tina, which is a musical biography of Tina Turner, opened on November 7. It also brought in more than a million dollars for the week, with a total haul of $1,332,425. Though this represents a 9% drop in revenue in comparison to the week before.
While Morissette wrote the music for Jagged Little Pill, along with Glen Ballard, Academy Award-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody wrote the book. Additionally, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Tom Kitt arranged the orchestrations, with direction by Diane Paulus and choreography by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.
Among others, the show stars Kathryn Gallagher, Celia Rose Gooding, Derek Klena and Sean Allan Krill.
The musical contains many songs from the original album, which won five Grammy Awards, including for Album of the Year, while selling more than 33 million records. This includes “Uninvited” and “Thank U.” The show also features two new songs that Morissette wrote specifically for it: “Uninvited” and “Thank U.”