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It was announced today that Alanis Morissette’s 1995 album Jagged Little Pill will become a musical at the American Repertory Theater in 2018.
The description for the Jagged Little Pill show reads:
Introducing nineties anthems including “Ironic,” “You Oughta Know,” and “Hand In My Pocket,” Jagged Little Pill (1995) established Canadian singer-songwriter and Grammy Award winner Alanis Morissette as an alternative rock icon. Diane Paulus (Waitress, Finding Neverland, Pippin, The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess) directs this world premiere musical based on the groundbreaking album with a book by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (Juno).
“I am so excited to tell a modern story through these iconic songs,” Diablo Cody said in a statement. “Alanis’ music is full of powerful narratives that lend themselves organically to this process.”
“This team that has come together for this Jagged Little Pill musical is my musical theater dream come true,” Morissette says. “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.”
Paulus added, “Jagged Little Pill defined a generation and yet the raw, emotional honesty of Alanis’ songs feels more needed now than ever.”
We’re super excited that one of our favorite albums from the ’90s is coming to life as a musical. So we picked six other albums (mostly done by badass women like Alanis) that we want to see on the Great White Way.
Here are 6 albums we want to see as musicals:
1. Back to Black by Amy Winehouse
The songs on Amy Winehouse’s album Back to Black already tell a heartbreaking story of love and loss. Piece them together and they could tell a narrative similar to the tragic story of an artist dealing with the overwhelming spotlight of fame and substance abuse.
11 o’clock number: “Back to Black”
2. Rumours by Fleetwood Mac
The road to Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours was not easy. Everybody knows the drama that preceded the recording of one of rock music’s most important records. What resulted from the ashes of a few relationships and lots of cocaine was an intense collection of songs that have enough energy to fill a 1,200-seat Broadway house.
11 o’clock number: “Go Your Own Way”
3. Blue by Joni Mitchell
Mitchell’s fourth album Blue is a masterpiece. The songs would translate well to stage, as they already explore the various facets of relationships, from infatuation on “A Case of You” to insecurity on “This Flight Tonight.” Well, maybe this musical is more blackbox than Broadway.
11 o’clock number: “A Case of You”
4. 21 by Adele
Earlier this year, Adele’s 21 surpassed Carole King’s Tapestry for most weeks on the Billboard 200 chart for an album by a woman. The songs on the deeply autobiographical album correlate to the range of emotions Adele experienced after a break-up, progressing from themes of anger and bitterness to feelings of loneliness, heartbreak and regret, and finally acceptance. Sounds like a musical, right?
11 o’clock number: “Take It All”
5. Exile in Guyville by Liz Phair
Liz Phair’s 1993 seminal album was an important statement for women in music. Hailed as the “perfect record,” the stage version could be the coming-of-age tale of a smart-ass rebel who spits wisecracks and obscenities via tortured ballads and freewheeling sex songs.
11 o’clock number: “Fuck and Run”
6. I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You by Aretha Franklin
Hailed by Rolling Stone as the best female album of all time, I Never Loved a Man The Way I Love You established Aretha Franklin as the icon we know her to be. While it opens with her hit “Respect,” which quickly became a song of empowerment for the Civil Rights and Women’s Liberation movements, the album is full of other emotionally powerful singles that stand on their own as well.
11 o’clock number: “A Change Is Gonna Come”