You Oughta Know: Alanis Morissette’s ‘Jagged Little Pill’ musical to debut in Cambridge


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A new dose of irony is coming to Cambridge next year, thanks to Alanis Morissette.

Entertainment Weekly reports that the Morissette’s musical production of 1995 breakout album Jagged Little Pill will debut in May 2018 at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge. Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (Juno) and Tony-winning director Diane Paulus (Pippin, Finding Neverland) are also involved.

“This team that has come together for this Jagged Little Pill musical is my musical theater dream come true,” Morissette says in a press release (May 30). “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.”

The musical wil feature songs from Jagged Little Pill as well as other Morissette songs, and, Cody says, center on “a modern and multi-generational family and their complex dynamics, touching on issues of gender identity and race.”

Paulus will direct the production, based around a book written by Cody. Tom Kitt, known for his work on Green Day musical American Idiot, will oversee orchestrations and arrangements. Adds Cody: “I am so excited to tell a modern story through these iconic songs. Alanis’s music is full of powerful narratives that lend themselves organically to this process.”

Jagged Little Pill, the debut album from Morissette, has sold more than 33 million albums and boasted singles like “Ironic,” “You Oughta Know,” and “Hand in My Pocket.” It is one of the best-selling albums in history.