New York Times: Alanis Morissette Has Written a Musical Based on 'Jagged Little Pill'

Publication date: 
May 30, 2017
Author: 
Joshua Barone

Alanis Morissette’s got one hand in her pocket, and the other one is writing a stage musical.

Yes, really: The singer-songwriter has made a musical based on her Grammy-winning 1990s album “Jagged Little Pill.” The show will have its premiere in May 2018 as part of the coming season at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass.

Diane Paulus, the Tony-winning director (“Pippin”) who is the artistic director of the theater, will stage the adaptation of “Jagged Little Pill,” which she called “one of the most important albums of the last 30 years.”

“It had so much meaning in its time,” Ms. Paulus said. She hailed Ms. Morissette as a female artist who spoke out “with courage and power and vulnerability.”

Diablo Cody, the witty writer of “Juno” and “Ricki and the Flash,” will write the book.

“Jagged Little Pill,” which was a formative album for many teenagers and cathartic for adults at the time, included hits like “You Oughta Know,” “Ironic” and “Hand in My Pocket.” Ms. Paulus said she and the writers found that the album still has “deep meaning” today.

Also in the American Repertory Theater’s coming season, Ms. Paulus will direct “The White Card,” a world premiere play by the poet and essayist Claudia Rankine, author of the 2014 best-seller “Citizen.” The play, which begins performances in February, tells the story of a dinner party in New York and, according to the theater, poses the question, “Can American society progress if whiteness stays invisible?”

In December, the theater will stage the troupe Bedlam’s adventurous adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility,” which had its New York premiere in 2014 and had two critically lauded runs Off Broadway. “This production was so exuberant and innovative, it was an opportunity that we seized,” Ms. Paulus said.

Previously announced productions include “Warhol Capote,” a new play directed by Michael Mayer (“Spring Awakening”) and adapted by Rob Roth from conversations between Andy Warhol and Truman Capote, which will have its premiere in September.

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