JAGGED LITTLE PILL Matinee Evacuated and Cancelled After Alleged Use of Pepper Spray
Today's matinee of Jagged Little Pill was evacuated mid-show after an audience member used pepper spray.
The theater was evacuated and the incident was investigated by both The New York Police Department and the New York City Fire Department, who were both called to the scene.
The decision was made to cancel the performance after the evacuation. No injuries were reported, and the cause for the use of pepper spray has not been confirmed.
The show's press rep released the following statement:
"Yesterday's matinee performance of Jagged Little Pill was stopped during the second Act, safely evacuated, and subsequently cancelled, when an audience member's pepper spray went off inside the theater. The theater was cleared of the spray and the evening show went on as planned. Matinee ticket-holders were given information on how to request an exchange or refund. Our sincere thanks to The Shubert Organization, NYPD and FDNY for the swift response and resolution."
Members of the audience took to Twitter to share the goings-on, including the below:
The #jaggedlittlepill matinee has been evacuated-apparently pepper spray was set off in the theater.Have just been told the show will finish, waiting for all clear from first responders. https://t.co/blTLNXpHmn - Lisette Voytko (@lisettevoytko) February 15, 2020
The Broadhurst Theatre has been evacuated in the middle of @jaggedmusical's second act because apparently a pepper spray went off. #Broadway #broadhurst #jaggedlittlepill #perrenguechique pic.twitter.com/JoszEWLoIP- Eduardo Storm (@dudustorm) February 15, 2020
One audience member captured the chaos as the audience evacuated the theatre:
JAGGED LITTLE PILL is a new musical inspired by the themes and raw emotions laid bare in Alanis Morissette's seminal album of the same name. The Healys appear to be a picture-perfect suburban family - but looks can be deceiving. When the cracks beneath the surface begin to show, they must choose between maintaining the status quo or facing harsh truths about themselves, their community, and the world around them. "Urgent, wildly entertaining, and wickedly funny in all the right places" (The Boston Globe), this original story is ignited by Morissette's groundbreaking music - including such hits as "You Oughta Know," "Head Over Feet," "Hand In My Pocket," and "Ironic" - plus brand-new songs written for the show.
Drama Desk Award nominee Elizabeth Stanley (On the Town), Sean Allan Krill (Honeymoon in Vegas), Derek Klena (Anastasia), and newcomer Celia Rose Gooding, star as The Healy Family (Mary Jane, Steve, Nick, and Frankie, respectively), alongside Lauren Patten (Fun Home) as Jo, Kathryn Gallagher (Spring Awakening) as Bella, Antonio Cipriano as Phoenix, and Logan Hart as Andrew, all of whom reprise their roles from the musical's world premiere engagement. Completing the company are Annelise Baker, Yeman Brown, Jane Bruce, John Cardoza, Ken Wulf Clark, Laurel Harris, Zach Hess, Max Kumangai, Heather Lang, Ezra Menas, Kelsey Orem, Yana Perrault, Nora Schell, Kei Tsuruharatani and Ebony Williams.