Alanis Morissette Adapting Hit Album "Jagged Little Pill" for Broadway

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08 Nov 2013

Alanis Morissette
Alanis Morissette

Grammy Award winner Alanis Morissette has announced that she is penning a Broadway musical adaptation of her era-defining, hit 1995 rock album "Jagged Little Pill," which will receive a 2014 workshop production.

The musical, also titled Jagged Little Pill, will feature all of the songs from the album, including "You Oughta Know," "Hand in My Pocket," "Ironic" and "You Learn," in addition to other material from her catalogue and new songs written specifically for the production.

A director and a timeline for the musical's Broadway arrival were not announced.

Morissette won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year with the release of "Jagged Little Pill," making her the youngest artist in history to win the title at age 21. The album, which produced six hit singles and was certified 16x Platinum, has gone on to sell over 33 million copies worldwide.

Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Kitt (Next to Normal, If/Then), who worked on the Broadway premiere of Green Day's American Idiot, will pen orchestrations and new arrangements for the production. Vivek J. Tiwary, who also produced American Idiot, will produce Jagged Little Pill along with Arvind Ethan David.



"I look forward to taking the heart of Jagged Little Pill and expanding its story, fleshing it out into ever deeper layers of emotionality, specificity, humanity, power, physicality, spirit and fabulism," Morrissette said in a statement. "I look forward to collaborating with Vivek and Tom and our whole inspiring team to create something greater than the sum of our parts."

"Jagged Little Pill," co-written with Morissette by the album's producer, Glen Ballard, is still the best-selling debut release by a female artist in the U.S. and the highest-selling debut album worldwide in music history. It debuted at number one on the Billboard charts, where it stayed for 12 weeks, and was eventually ranked as the number one best-selling album of the 1990s. "You Oughta Know" won Best Female Rock Vocal Performance and Best Rock Song.