Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill is being turned into a badass musical

alanis morrissette.jpg

Alanis Morrissette’s Jagged Little Pill was, without a doubt, an excellent rock album – but it was also so much more than just that. Her poetic lyrics and brutal imagery lent power to a burst of rage that felt, somehow, uniquely female – because it wasn’t about being difficult, or contrary, or simply ‘angry’. No, it was about being a woman in a misogynist society, making your voice heard, and refusing to let anyone silence you.

So you can understand how excited we were to learn that the 1995 album is being turned into a musical.


Read more: 50 female pop pioneers


Premiering May 2018 at the American Repertory Theatre in Massachusetts, the show will feature Jagged Little Pill hits like Ironic, You Oughta Know, Forgiven, Mary Jane, Head Over Feet, and All I Really Want – as well as a number of songs from Morissette’s larger discography.

And, before you start to panic about the plot, it’s safe to say that it’s in very safe hands indeed: Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody wrote it, with more than a little help from Morissette herself.

As such, the plot is a complex one, dealing with the dynamics of a contemporary, multi-generational family as they tackle issues such as gender identity and race.

Speaking about the passion project in a statement, Cody said: “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.”


Read more: Oh. My. God. Friends is being turned into a musical


Meanwhile Morissette, speaking about the musical, added: “The team that has come together for this Jagged Little Pill musical is my musical theatre dream come true.”

She is, of course, referencing the fact that, as well as Cody, the show was brought to life by Tony Award-winning director Diane Paulus and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Tom Kitt.

“The chemistry between all of us is crackling and I feel honoured to be diving into these songs again, surrounded by all of this searing talent,” continued Morissette.

“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.”

Paulus added: “Jagged Little Pill defined a generation and yet the raw, emotional honesty of Alanis’ songs feels more needed now than ever.”

We couldn’t agree more. Fingers crossed that this show makes it overseas to our very own West End, eh?

Images: YouTube

Related

mamma-mia-sequel.jpg

A Mamma Mia sequel is on its way – complete with the original cast

new fifty shades diane keaton jane fonda.jpg

Diane Keaton and Jane Fonda set to star in a film about Fifty Shades

bananarama.jpg

Eighties legends Bananarama announce comeback tour after 30 years

More

The best A-list Instagrams from the week so far

From Sienna Miller’s backstage inspiration to Jennifer Lopez’s cosy couple snap

by Nicola Colyer
23 Aug 2017

Prince Harry emotionally criticizes the paparazzi over Diana’s death

“She was still very much alive on the back seat of that car”

by Kayleigh Dray
23 Aug 2017

Chrissy Teigen gets real about her troubled relationship with alcohol

“I need to fix myself”

by Kayleigh Dray
23 Aug 2017

5 famous women have been targeted in disgusting private photo hack

Miley Cyrus, Kristen Stewart and Stella Maxwell are the latest stars to have their pictures leaked.

by Moya Crockett
22 Aug 2017

Tom Hardy's final CBeebies Bedtime Story is a tribute to his late dog

“Run with the angels... I will see you when I get there”

by Kayleigh Dray
22 Aug 2017

UKIP candidate suggests paying British Indians to leave the UK

And Twitter responds perfectly

by Moya Crockett
21 Aug 2017

Elisabeth Moss denies that Scientology is anything like Gilead

The Handmaid’s Tale star discusses the parallels between her show and her faith.

by Moya Crockett
21 Aug 2017

JK Rowling spots mansplainer in the wild, and deals with him perfectly

The Harry Potter author won’t let any woman’s confidence be knocked by mansplaining

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Aug 2017

The best A-list Instagrams from the week so far

From Nicki Minaj’s vintage look to a Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants reunion

by Nicola Colyer
18 Aug 2017

Chris Brown tried to excuse his attack on Rihanna, and it’s not OK

“Violence is a choice he made – and he alone is responsible for it”

by Kayleigh Dray
17 Aug 2017