Alanis Morissette: Jagged Little Pill To BroadwayBy: Tobias Roth - November 9, 2013
Alanis Morissette has had a wildly successful career as a singer, and it started at a young age. She has released several albums throughout her career, but none of them have been as significant to her or her friends, as her classic “Jagged Little Pill” from 1995. The album that earned her five Grammys will now be heading to the stage, and Morissette will turn her classic album into a Broadway musical.
The Canadian singer has made quite a name for herself over the years, and “Jagged Little Pill” especially was a very personal and outspoken album for her. When the album was released in 1995, it stayed atop the Billboard charts for 12 weeks, and sold more than 33 million copies.
The album also produced six singles, and to this day, it is still the best-selling debut album by a female artist in the U.S., as well as the highest-selling debut album worldwide in music history. She was also the youngest artist to win the Grammy for Album of Year at 21.
With the lyrics of the album, it is easy to tell how personal it is for the singer, and she is excited to help bring that energy to Broadway. She explained of the experience of turning it into a musical, “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.”
The new musical will feature each track from Alanis Morissette’s Grammy-winning album, in addition to other hits throughout her career, and a few originals especially for the show. Perhaps “Thank You” or “Hands Clean” will be included? She has not been given much attention in recent years, but the pop star from the 90’s has also released new material, with “Flavors Of Entanglement” in 2008, and “Havoc And Bright Lights” in 2012.
Jagged Little Pill will be produced by Vivek J. Tiwary and Arvind Ethan David, and Tom Kitt will be provide the orchestrations and arrangements. David is excited about the production, and said “Alanis’ songs have always uniquely combined narrative clarity with dramatic power– bringing them to the Broadway stage feels like bringing them home.”
Fans of Alanis Morissette can all get excited for a new way to see some of her old material again, and an opportunity to see some new songs in relation to her most well-known work. Alanis Morissette, who is now 39-years-old, is set to release her popular album on Broadway in the early part of 2014.
Here is a favorite from the album that everyone will certainly be looking forward to seeing on the stage.
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