Broadway musical ‘Jagged Little Pill’ evacuated after pepper spray swamps audience members

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February 15, 2020 - 6:06 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – A matinee showing of the Alanis Morissette-themed musical “Jagged Little Pill” was evacuated Saturday after pepper spray was discharged in the audience, police and witnesses said.

The show was in the middle of the second act at the Broadhurst Theatre on West 44th Street around 4:15 p.m. when pepper spray or a pepper spray–like substance was discharged, according to police.

Audience member Rebecca Glucklich told 1010 WINS that a bunch of people started coughing and being loud and then she heard someone say something about pepper spray.

“It seems like maybe someone’s pepper spray went off accidentally in the theater,” Glucklich said. “A bunch of people started coughing and getting up in the orchestra left section, I’d say like 12 rows back.”

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She said the show initially continued despite the commotion, but someone ultimately came on the loud speakers and asked people to leave the theater.

“They were going to continue the show, but then as the scene was transitioning an announcement came on that the company should hold, and they asked us all to evacuate,” Glucklich said.

She said the show was not going to resume after the incident.

Some attendees claimed on social media that the pepper spray was discharged during a fight, but that hasn’t been confirmed by police. Glucklich said she did not see what led up to the incident, only the aftermath.

Citizen App video taken outside the theater shows audience members by the entrance amid a heavy emergency response.

Two people were treated for difficulty breathing, police said.

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