It was only a matter of time before it ultimately happened, but now we have the news for sure. Jagged Little Pill, the acclaimed new musical featuring music by seven-time Grammy Award-winner Alanis Morissette and six-time Grammy-winner Glen Ballard, and a book by Academy Award-winning writer Diablo Cody, will make its Broadway bow this fall. Under the direction of Tony-winner Diane Paulus (Waitress, Pippin), Jagged Little Pill will open at theatre to be announced.
“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.”
Producers of the Broadway-bound production, Vivek J. Tiwary, Arvind Ethan David, and Eva Price, announced today that the production, which had a record-breaking, sold-out world premiere at the American Repertory Theatre in the summer of 2017, will bring the production to Broadway. Choreography will be provided by Olivier Award winner Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui with musical Supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Kitt (Next to Normal, American Idiot).
“Jagged Little Pill is more than a show, it is a movement,” said Diane Paulus. “We have become a company — all the creatives and the cast — dedicated to what this album stands for. At the A.R.T., we had never seen a response as massive as this before — people camping out overnight to get tickets, traveling from all over the world, changing plans to see the show again. There was a visceral energy every night in the theater of audience wanting to live inside our story and the music of this iconic album.”
The balance of the creative team for Jagged Little Pill will include Scenic Designer Riccardo Hernandez (Parade); Costume Designer Emily Rebholz (Dear Evan Hansen); Tony-nominated Lighting Designer Justin Townsend (Moulin Rouge!); Tony-nominated Sound Designer Jonathan Deans (Waitress); and Tony-winning Video & Projection Designer Finn Ross (Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night-Time). The production features additional music by Mike Farrell & Guy Sigsworth.
“Jagged Little Pill is an exhilarating new musical inspired by the themes and raw emotions laid bare in Alanis Morissette’s seminal album of the same name. The Healys appear to be a picture-perfect suburban family; but when the cracks beneath the surface begin to show, they must choose between maintaining the veneer, or defiantly facing truths about themselves and the world around them. “Urgent, wildly entertaining, and wickedly funny in all the right places”(The Boston Globe), this original story is ignited by Morissette’s groundbreaking music – including such hits as “You Oughta Know,” “Head Over Feet,” “Hand In My Pocket,” and “Ironic” – as well as songs newly written for the stage. Hailed by The New York Times as “a big-hearted musical that breaks the mold,” Jagged Little Pill inspires audiences to look within, speak out, and connect.
Specific dates, venue, and casting for Jagged Little Pill will be announced at a later date.
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.