It was in 2013 that Alanis Morissette first revealed plans to adapt Jagged Little Pill, her iconic 1995 album, for the stage. Now we have more details on the hotly anticipated affair, including a debut window and the involvement of Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody and Tony-winning director Diane Paulus.
The production, featuring songs from Jagged Little Pill, will debut in May 2018 at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Paulus (Pippin, Finding Neverland) will direct, with a book written by Cody (Juno) and orchestrations and arrangements from Tom Kitt (the Green Day musical American Idiot). Vivek J. Tiwary, Arvind Ethan David, and Eva Price are also on board as producers.
According to a press release, Cody is working closely with Morissette to craft a story revolving around “a modern and multi-generational family and their complex dynamics, touching on issues of gender identity and race.” The writer added in a statement, “I am so excited to tell a modern story through these iconic songs. Alanis’ music is full of powerful narratives that lend themselves organically to this process.”
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“Ironic,” “You Oughta Know,” and “Hand in My Pocket” are some of the tracks already confirmed for a musical revamp in Jagged Little Pill, but other hits from Morissette’s larger body of work will also be incorporated.
“This team that has come together for this Jagged Little Pill musical is my musical theater dream come true,” Morissette said. “The chemistry between all of us is crackling and I feel honored to be diving into these songs again, surrounded by all of this searing talent. Diablo and Diane are already taking these deeply personal songs that are part of my soul’s marrow to a whole other level of hope, freedom, and complexity.”
“Jagged Little Pill defined a generation and yet the raw, emotional honesty of Alanis’ songs feels more needed now than ever,” Paulus said. “I am thrilled to be collaborating with Alanis and Diablo to unlock the theatrical power of this album.”