Alanis Morissette Wrote A Jagged Little Pill Musical

Alanis Morissette has written a musical based on her iconic Grammy-winning album Jagged Little Pill, The New York Times confirmed on Monday, May 30, 2017.

The musical will premiere at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass., in May 2018. Tony-winning director Diane Paulus (Pippin) will direct the project from a book to be written by Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (Juno).

No word yet on whether the musical will transfer to Broadway from there. Still, the American Repertory Theater has recently become a stepping stone for a number of now-popular Broadway shows, including Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, starring Tony nominee Josh Groban.

Jagged Little Pill was first released on June 13, 1995, and features such classic songs as "Ironic" and "You Oughta Know." It went on to sell over 15 million copies and win the Grammy for Album of the Year.

A musical based on an album is a bit of an anomaly among recent Broadway trends, which have tended to focus on revues (BandstandMamma Mia!) and musicals based on movies, many of which have starred three-time Tony nominee Andy Karl (Groundhog DayRocky; Legally Blonde). 

In fact, Jagged Little Pill will likely draw comparisons (at least initially) to The Who's Tommy, which featured two-time Tony winner Michael Cerveris in its original 1993 Broadway run.