‘Jagged Little Pill’, a new musical based in Alanis Morissette’s classic album, will open on Broadway in the second half of 2019.
The world premiere of the production debuted in May 2018 in Cambridge, MA. The season ran for 79 performances.
The musical is based around the book by Diablo Cody with music by Alanis Morissette and Glen Ballard. Cody’s book uses the theme from the Alanis album lyrics to tell a story of pain, healing and empowerment. The central characters are the Healy family. Mary Jane Healy is the mother trying to keep it all together.
“This process, and what this process has yielded artistically and collaboratively, has been nothing short of a revelation, a balm and an arrival for me,” said Alanis Morissette. “It is a culmination of so much of what my life’s work has been oriented toward. To work with Diablo Cody, whose heart is as open as her mind is bright and brave, has taken this record – which has meant so much to me – to a whole other level of depth, meaning and natural activism. Touching on topics that keep me up at night for how deeply I care about them, Diablo’s at once fierce, sensitive and hilarious voice—and her willingness to stay and deepen the course through this journey of creation has been one of the greatest gifts of my life. Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s ability to allow these strong and agile bodies and movement to animate and tell this story on visual, spatial, somatic and heart-gripping visceral levels is unlike anything I have ever seen. Tom Kitt’s multi-layered and seemingly effortless weaving together of the musical tapestry of these songs that range from tiny and pin-drop subtle to a kaleidoscope of blended honorings and re- interpretations, leave me with chills and tears. All of this, with Diane Paulus as our fearless visionary and leader. Her searing intelligence and her capacity to hold the complexity as well as the stillness, and her ability to see the big picture of what this story represents to so many of us, has allowed for her leadership to bring us into a level of profundity and service that we were both deeply moved and cracked open by. The entire team is the dream-come-true collaboration. A relational system of slam dunks, and a community of people who each care in a way that marks each person’s unique and powerful contribution. Grateful does not even come close to how I feel throughout this journey thus far. This process is tinged with giddiness, terror, surrender, wild passion, joy and light.”
The producers are Vivek J. Tiwary, Arvind Ethan David and Eva Price.
“Jagged Little Pill was the soundtrack to our youth, so it’s a dream come true to bring this beautiful, galvanizing story to the Broadway stage,” said Tiwary, David and Price in a joint statement. “24 years ago, Alanis Morissette struck a deep emotional chord across the world, encouraging everyone to wake up to the difficult truths in our lives, be heard, and be seen. We’re honored to continue the legacy of Alanis’ masterpiece by shepherding a brilliant team of creative minds and shaping Jagged Little Pill into an essential and relevant Broadway musical – one that speaks to modern times and everyone in it – the insider, the outsider, and those in between.”
A cast soundtrack for Jagged Little Pill will be released through Atlantic Records.
Dates, Theater, and Casting for the Broadway production will be announced on a later date.