Gather 'round, all ye children of the '90s -- we have a LOT to talk about. It has been announced that Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morissette's groundbreaking 1995 album, is scheduled to hit Broadway stages next year! [Insert electric guitar riff and flannel-covered high fives here.]
Although the plot and script are still totally up in the air, we know that the show will feature every track from Jagged Little Pill, as well as several other Alanis hits and some original songs written specifically for the stage. The musical will be produced by Vivek J. Tiwary, and Tom Kitt will provide the score and arrangements. Both Tiwary and Kitt were behind Green Day's rock opera, American Idiot, along with many other Broadway hits, so we can rest assured that this work in progress is in VERY good hands.
Alanis seems confident as well. "I look forward to taking the heart of Jagged Little Pill and expanding its story, fleshing it out into deeper layers of emotionality, specificity, humanity, power, physicality, spirit, and fabulism," Morissette said in a press release.
Sounds perfect. Also, fabulism.
As someone who spent many angsty teenage years with Alanis and wrote about "Head Over Feet" for my college admissions essay (true story), I am over the moon about this news. My high school friends and I are already making plans to see the show together and bask in our mutual nostalgia.
We are all also super curious and excited to see how the undoubtedly hardcore musical will develop story-wise. The lovely Dresden already expressed her hopes of a love story revolving Alanis' famous romance with Full House's Dave Coulier, and I think we can all agree that would be ideal. Whatever the plot ends up being, we at least know the music will be amazing and the emotions will be raw.
This won't mark the first time that an established musician has given their music the theatrical treatment. From ABBA's Mamma Mia! to Billy Joel's Movin' Out, Broadway has clearly upped its rock factor over the past several decades. For the most part, these "jukebox musicals" have been extremely successful, and I only wish the same for my girl Alanis.
-By Caitlin Morton
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