Alanis Morissette Wants to Bring Nostalgic Angst to Broadway

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Get your nostalgia hats on and your "Ironic" jokes ready: Alanis Morissette Canadian prophet of 90s singer-songwriter angst is working on a musical version of her album Jagged Little Pill

According to a press release, Morissette is working on the show with Tom Kitt, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his bipolar-disorder musical Next to Normal, and a workshop production will debut next year. Kitt has a history of reworking emotional, scream-y pop music for the stage: he arranged and orchestrated the music for American Idiot, the Green Day Broadway musical. 

Though the press release gives no hint of the plot—in fact, USA Today reports that Morissette and producer Vivek J. Tiwary are still selecting a librettist—we can only imagine this is the story of a tough small town Canadian girl with dreams of music stardom who begins dating a TV star—cough cough Dave Coulier—only to get her heart broken. (Tiwary told USA Today that while it's not a "concept" album, "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.") 

In our version, the show opens with "Hand in My Pocket," a declaration of our main character's optimism. The big, closing first-act number is the vengeful "You Oughta Know," which comes when the heroine finds out her boyfriend has been cheating on her. It's basically the "Defying Gravity" of this show, except it has a reference to oral sex.  Curtain rises for the second act on the lead, still downcast, singing "Ironic," and the show closes, naturally, on "You Learn," as she realizes how life can take you to some strange places. We're hoping they write a new second act song for the boyfriend character called "Mr. Duplicity," a reference to both the lyric in "You Oughta Know" and Chicago's "Mr. Cellophane." 

Anyway! We hope this makes it to Broadway the same time as Duncan Sheik's American Psycho musical and the in-the-works Jawbreaker musical, creating an impenetrable wall of '90s/early 2000s musical theater.


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