By: Renee Grant
Remember that album that totally changed our lives in 1995, Jagged Little Pill? As Alanis Morissette belted out a fiery chorus on You Oughta Knew, fans everywhere were hooked. Now, we get to relive that feeling when the album debuts as a musical production next year in Massachusetts.
The show will feature the album’s big hits including Ironic, Hand In My Pocket, and You Oughta Know, and other songs from her catalog, as the songs come together to tell the story of a multigenerational family struggling to deal with issues like race and gender identity.
Diablo Cody has written the story along with Morissette, who has herself worked on productions of Pippin, Waitress, and Hair. She is fully involved with the musical and will help to bring it to the stage. Diane Paulus will direct.
“This team that has come together for this Jagged Little Pill musical is my musical theatre dream come true,” Morissette says via 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. 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.”
“Jagged Little Pill defined a generation and yet the raw, emotional honesty of Alanis’ songs feels more needed now than ever,” Paulus says.
The show will debut at Cambridge’s American Repertory in May of 2018.