Jagged Little Pill musical to get May 2018 premiere

Alanis Morissette
Alanis Morissette

NEW YORK • Alanis Morissette's got one hand in her pocket and the other one writing a stage musical.

The singer- songwriter has made a jukebox musical based on her Grammy-winning 1995 album Jagged Little Pill. The show has been in the works since 2013 and will have its premiere in May next year as part of the coming season at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

It will turn the album's music into a story about "a modern and multi-generational family and their complex dynamics, touching on issues of gender identity and race", the producers said in a statement.

Diane Paulus, the Tony-winning director (Pippin) who is the artistic director of the theatre, will stage the adaptation of Jagged Little Pill, which she called "one of the most important albums of the last 30 years".

"It had so much meaning in its time," she said.

She hailed Morissette as a female artist who spoke out "with courage and power and vulnerability".

Diablo Cody, the witty scribe of the movies Juno (2007) and Ricki And The Flash (2015), will write the script of the musical.

Jagged Little Pill, which was a formative album for many teenagers and cathartic for adults at the time, included hits like You Oughta Know, Ironic and Hand In My Pocket.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 01, 2017, with the headline 'May premiere for Morissette's musical'. Print Edition | Subscribe