I recommend turnin' your hit album into a Broadway musical. And, whad'ya know, it looks like seven-time Grammy Award winner Alanis Morissette is taking my advice. According to USA Today, the songstress and two-time Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Kitt (If/Then, Next to Normal) are collaborating on a stage musical inspired by Morissette's seminal 1995 album, Jagged Little Pill.
A workshop production of the musical, titled Jagged Little Pill (Isn't it ironic? No, it's not), is expected to make its debut in New York City in 2014. The tuner will include the full song list from the album, tracks from the rest of Morissette's body of work and some new songs she will compose specifically for the stage production. Kitt is expected to provide orchestrations and arrangements for the show.
Producer Vivek Tiwary and Morissette are in the process of choosing a librettist to write a book for the musical, which will be based on the album and inspired by the singer's personal experience. "It's not a concept album the way American Idiot was," Tiwary told USA Today. "But there is a woman in a relationship where the other person has more power. She ends up getting dumped, and is vilified, but comes to a place of empowerment."
Morrissette, who appeared in productions of Annie and Oliver! as a child admitted, "I've always had stage aspirations." However she has "no fantasy of this being my one-woman show." Instead, in a statement, she said, "I look forward to collaborating with Vivek and Tom and our whole inspiring team to create something greater than the sum of our parts."
Jagged Little Pill was a huge commercial and critical success, selling over 33 million copies worldwide. The album produced six singles, including the Grammy-nominated "Ironic." Morissette won the Grammy Awards for Album of the Year and Best Rock Album. Her single "You Oughta Know" won two Grammys, Best Female Rock Vocal Performance and Best Rock Song, and was also nominated for Song of the Year.