Alanis Morissette’s Grammy Award-winning album Jagged Little Pill burst onto the scene in 1995. She was 19 years old when she wrote those songs and 21 when she won the Grammy Award for Best Album, the youngest winner ever (until Taylor Swift, at 20, won for Fearless in 2010).
Twenty three years later, one of the top-selling Canadian albums of all time, and one of the best selling albums of the 1990s, is hitting the stage as a new musical put on by the American Repertory Theater.
Academy Award-winning writer Diablo Cody (Juno) wrote the book for the musical. She tells The Improper Bostonian that, when she was approached to write the book, having never worked in theatre before, it was a terrifying idea. But, because she’s a big fan of Morissette, she was “willing to step out of my comfort zone”.
The first thing she did was listen to the album over and over.
“Alanis has never explicitly called it a concept album, it felt like a concept album to me because so many of the songs are about this specific theme of living your life in denial and then opening your eyes, allowing yourself to experience the pain of acknowledging reality and then being better for it. It really is an album about making yourself uncomfortable and ultimately evolving because of that. That is the jagged little pill, so to speak.”
Cody also revealed that there is new music in the show, written by Morissette, “and it’s really something else. […] is so unbelievable”
Read the rest of the interview HERE.
Here’s a sneak peak of the cast singing some of the songs.
The show runs from May 5th to July 15 at the Loeb Drama Centre in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Tickets start at $25.
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