Anybody who was a teen during the ’90s knows how life-changing Jagged Little Pill was. It was Alanis Morissette’s album that spoke to the perfect misery of our teenage years and launched her career into the hemisphere.
The singer-songwriter has made a musical based on this Grammy-winning 1990s album. The show will have its premiere in May 2018 as part of the coming season at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass.
The 1995 release will not be forgotten anytime soon with the announcement of this nostalgic musical. The unforgettable songs to be featured include “You Oughta Know” and “Ironic,” and you probably know every word to these numbers. But this new musical won’t only feature these classic tunes.
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,” Ms. Paulus said. She hailed Ms. Morissette as a female artist who spoke out “with courage and power and vulnerability.”
Also involved is Diablo Cody, the writer of beloved movie Juno, has written the story line that will be featured in the Jagged Little Pill Musical. The story is about a “modern and multigenerational family and their complex dynamics.” Oh and, by the way, Morissette will have a hand in driving the production as well, so don’t worry. She’s involved.
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.” Ms. Paulus said she and the writers found that the album still has “deep meaning” today.
“This team that has come together for this Jagged Little Pill Musical is my musical-theatre 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,” Morissette continued. “Diablo and [director] Diane [Paulus] 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.”
Excuse me while I listen to Ironic while playing Nintendo.