Alanis album spawns musical

The cover of the Jagged Little Pill album from 1995. The Grammy-winning collection by Alanis Morissette has now spawned a stage musical.

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BY BILLY SUTER

AFTER four years in development Canadian singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette has finally announced firm plans for a stage musical adaptation of her 1995 Grammy-winning album, Jagged Little Pill – and latest news is that a director and choreographer have  been chosen and that the show is scheduled to debut in the US in May, 2018.

The Jagged Little Pill collection, which spawned the hits You Oughta Know and Hand in My Pocket, received five Grammys, including that for Album of the Year.

Online reports have it that the musical adaptation, also to be titled Jagged Little Pill, will have its world premiere at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Performances will begin in May 2018, it has been stated, and the production will be in the hands of that theatre’s artistic director, Diane Paulus, who received Broadway’s coveted Tony Award for directing Pippin in 2013.

The choreographer will be Beyonce’s choreographer, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, reports Playbill. He was responsible for the dance moves for Beyonce’s performance at the 2017 Grammy Awards.

Playbill reports that in 2014, Cherkaoui’s show Puz/zle won the Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production; and that he previously won in 2011 alongside Damien Jalet for Babel (Words). The Belgian-born choreographer also serves as the artistic director of the Royal Ballet of Flanders, adds Playbill.

The Morissette musical will feature a book by talented Diablo Cody, who won an Academy Award for her screenplay of Juno, and orchestrations and arrangements will reportedly be by Tom Kitt, the Tony-winning and Pulitzer-winning co-composer of Next to Normal and If/Then.

Playbill reports that the original story will follow a modern, multi-generational family and will explore gender identity and race.

Morissette said in a statement that the staging was “a dream come true”.

“The chemistry between all of us is crackling, and I feel honoured 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.”

No casting has been announced for the musical, but whispers have it that Wicked star Idina Menzel might be a possibility, as she reportedly led a June reading of the script.

 


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