* The iconic 90s album won Grammy Award for Album of the Year
* Morissette gave input with the writing of the musical
* The musical will be directed by Diane Paulus of Finding Neverland
Alanis Morissette’s 1995 “Jagged Little Pill” has become an iconic piece of musical heritage and symbol of 1990s pop culture, in addition to being credited for helping launch the singer’s music career. Now the hit album,which features some of the singer’s most beloved singles including “Ironic,” “You Oughta Know,” and “Hand in My Pocket,” will be adapted into a stage musical premiering next year.
The “dream team,” behind the musical adaptation will include a number of noteworthy names in the industry. Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (Juno) is writing the the screenplay, with input from Morissette herself. Other notable names behind the scenes of the musical include director Diane Paulus (Pippin, Waitress, Finding Neverland), and composer Tom Kitt (American Idiot, Next to Normal).
“This team that has come together for this “Jagged Little Pill” musical is my musical theater dream come true,” Morissette said in a statement. “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.”
The musical will explore a wide range of contemporary issues and themes including gender identity and race, with a story line surrounding a “modern and multi-generational family and their complex dynamics.”
“I am so excited to tell a modern story through these iconic songs. Alanis’s music is full of powerful narratives that lend themselves organically to this process,” Cody said.
The musical will debut in May 2018 at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts. There are plans to then take the show to Broadway.