Can I just buy the ticket now, please? Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morissette’s era-defining 1995 album, is being adapted into a musical. Set to debut in the spring of next year, Morissette is going to be deeply involved in the process, including working on the story elements, along with a stellar creative group. Diablo Cody, Oscar-winning screenwriter of Juno, will be writing the story for the musical, and Diane Paulus, a Tony-winning director, will direct the show, which is scheduled to launch next May at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Tom Kitt, the mastermind behind the Green Day musical, American Idiot, will be doing the orchestrations and arrangements.
In a press release, Morissette expressed her excitement about the project that has been brewing since 2013: “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. 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.”
From the you-know-you-still-know-all-the-words anthems “Ironic” and “Hand in My Pocket” to the iconic “You Oughta Know,” Jagged Little Pill exploded onto the scene in the mid-’90s. The album has since gone on to sell upwards of 33 million copies worldwide. After its release in 1995, it was nominated for nine Grammy Awards and won five, including Album of the Year. At the time, Morissette was the youngest person ever to win that award.
While story and song specifics for the show haven’t yet been revealed, the showrunners have shared that they will be using the source material and other creative works by Morissette to craft a musical about a “modern, multigenerational family and their complex dynamics, touching on issues of gender identity and race.” Jagged Little Pill is sure to give them much to work with. Here’s hoping there’s at least one scene of this family singing their hearts out in a 1978 Lincoln Continental on a wintry day.