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You Outta Know About The Alanis Morissette Musical

By Tori Preston | Industry | May 30, 2017 |

By Tori Preston | Industry | May 30, 2017 |

One day, your kids may perform in a high school musical based on the songs from that album you listened to all the time when you were in high school. I say “you,” but I mean me, and by high school really I mean middle school, I guess. In 1995 I was, like 12, and hearing about how some awesome, angry singer went down on that dude from Full House in a theater felt like a revelation.

Point is, Alanis Morissette is making a musical, you guys! It’ll be based on her iconic 1995 album Jagged Little Pill and will feature songs not only from that album but from throughout Morissette’s career. Diablo Cody (Oscar-winning screenwriter behind Juno) is writing the book, and the play will be directed by Diane Paulus (Waitress) with musical arrangement by Tom Kitt (Next To Normal). It will debut at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA in May 2018. Apparently, the story revolves around a modern, multi-generational family and will touch on issues of race and gender identity. If it does well, who knows how far this show could go! Will we someday be able to see it on Broadway? And then will we be able to watch teenagers tackle it in high school auditoriums around the country? And will anyone attempt to use the word “ironic” correctly? Will it ever match the dizzying heights of Green Day’s American Idiot musical?

We can only hope. And sing along whenever Alanis songs pop up on the radio. And also watch her play God. Hell, I’d pay to see Dogma on Broadway if Alanis were in it. Not, like, Hamilton prices, but I’d pay.


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