Adi Roy takes over from Antonio Cipriano as “Jagged Little Pill” returns to Broadway

ByDonald L. Leech

Oct 21, 2021


Morgan Dudley and Adi Roy in “Jagged Little Pill”. (Photo: Matthew Morrison)

Adi Roy will make his Broadway debut as Phoenix when “Jagged Little Pill” resumes performances on Thursday with a reworked script.

Roy is reprising the role of original actor Antonio Cipriano, who announced on September 26 that he would not be returning to the series. Cipriano was originally announced as part of the reopening cast, but said later he wouldn’t come back, citing the damage done to trans and non-binary people in the community.

“I have high hopes for a more equitable future where the right changes and the right protection are implemented,” wrote Cipriano.

Cipriano’s statement comes after Nora Schell, an original “Jagged Little Pill” actor and non-binary actor, publicly published allegations of mistreatment while working on the show. Schell alleged that the manager of “Jagged Little Pill” and other members of the management team repeatedly rejected their need for medical treatment.

In response to Schell’s request, Actors’ Equity hired labor lawyer Micah Wissinger to investigate working conditions. “Jagged Little Pill” hired law firm Jay Hewlin and The Hewlin Group to conduct its own independent investigation. Actors’ Equity did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the status of the investigation. A production spokesperson said there was no update on the investigation yet and highlighted the producers’ original statement.

The series had previously been criticized for its treatment of gender identity and what was seen as the erasure of the non-binary storyline of Jo, played by cisgender actor Lauren Patten. In response, “Jagged Little Pill” hired a director of human resources and culture to address concerns in the workplace. The show also got three playwrights to review the script.

“With the deeply thoughtful work of three incredibly talented new members of the team, playwrights Martine Kei Green-Rogers, MJ Kaufman and Lauren Whitehead, we re-examined the show with a new lens to embrace this country’s new consciousness – and the nuances of conversations about race, addiction, gender and sexual assault, ”said Diablo Cody, who recently won a Tony Award for writing the book of the musical.

The reopening cast of “Jagged Little Pill” includes Heidi Blickenstaff, who will play it lead role of Mary Jane Healy in October and later alternate the role with original actor Elizabeth Stanley. Morgan Dudley will reprise the role of Frankie Healy, previously played by Celia Rose Gooding. Returning cast members include Derek Klena as Nick Healy, Sean Allan Krill as Steve Healy, Kathryn Gallagher as Bella, and Patten as Jo.