The landmark 1995 album from Alanis Morissette is set to receive the Broadway treatment, with its stage production heading to New York City later this year.
Back in June of 1995, Alanis Morissette released her third studio album, Jagged Little Pill. Her commercial breakthrough, the record topped charts all over the world (including ten weeks at #1 in Australia), and has gone on to become one of the decade’s most iconic releases.
Over the years, the record has received all sorts of recognition, being showered with awards, and being listed on various ‘best of’ lists as well. In 2005, Morissette celebrated the record’s anniversary by re-recording an acoustic version of the album, and in 2017, it was announced that Jagged Little Pill was set to become a musical.
“This team that has come together for this Jagged Little Pill musical is my musical theater dream come true,” Morissette wrote in a statement at the time. “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.
Written by Diablo Cody and directed by Diane Paulus, the musical made its debut in Cambridge, Massachusetts last year, where its initial ten-week run saw every performance sold out.
Now, as The New York Times notes, the musical is set to make its way to the bright lights of Broadway.
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— Alanis Morissette (@Alanis) January 28, 2019
While the cast, theatre, and specific dates are yet to be announced, producers Vivek J. Tiwary and Eva Price explained that the new production will be slightly different to the original performance.
“We were quite happy with the work we did on our original musical, but you can always keep improving, and the changes we have made are many, many little ones that add up to a more streamlined, layered, and deeper show,” Eva Price explained. “The world has continued to change, and that has affected the writing and the direction.”
“We wanted to produce something that was not just another Broadway musical, but was true to the legacy of the record,” Vivek J. Tiwary said of the musical’s nine-year production process. “We want to be an entertaining musical with messages.”
At this stage, there’s no word as to when the musical of Jagged Little Pill might make its way to Aussie shores, but considering how well-received it has been in the States, we might just be witnessing the early days of one of musical theatre’s future classics.