Alanis Morissette's 'Jagged Little Pill' Musical Tackles Addiction, Sexual Assault and Gun Violence
Published May 16, 2018Last year, we learned that Alanis Morissette's classic 1993 album Jagged Little Pill was getting turned into a musical for the stage, and now the New York Times has revealed more details about the show's actual storyline.
Dubbing it "the most woke musical," the paper notes that it touches on an array of timely topics, including opiate addiction, sexual assault and gender identity — even incorporating imagery from the Women's March and the #NeverAgain gun control protests following the Parkland shooting.
Trans-racial adoption, marital bed death and image-consciousness are also addressed.
Hell, it even confronts Morissette's misuse of the term "ironic" in her famous song of the same name.
The show's story is told through the members of a seemingly perfect Connecticut family. Over the course of a year, though, that picture-perfect illusion starts to crumble.
As previously reported, Morissette worked on the album-to-musical transformation with writer Diablo Cody, director Diane Paulus and composer Tom Kitt.
"Alanis' songs were written 23 years ago," Kitt told the Times. "But they feel like they were written yesterday. These are all human issues that we've been dealing with for years."
Previews began on May 5 and run until it officially opens on May 24 at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA.
Read the full piece from the New York Times here.