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Alanis Morissette's 'Jagged Little Pill' inspires Broadway musical

Nov. 8, 2013 at 10:29 AM
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NEW YORK, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- A stage musical inspired by Alanis Morissette's seminal 1995 album, "Jagged Little Pill," is headed to Broadway, producers announced Friday.

A workshop production of the piece is expected to make its debut in 2014. It will include the full song list from the album, tracks from the rest of her body of work and some new songs she will compose specially for the stage production.

Two-time Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winner Tom Kitt is to provide orchestrations and arrangements for the show, producers said in a news release.

"I look forward to taking the heart of 'Jagged Little Pill' and expanding its story, fleshing it out into ever deeper layers of emotionality, specificity, humanity, power, physicality, spirit and fabulism," Morissette said in a statement. "I look forward to collaborating with [producer] Vivek [Tiwary] and Tom and our whole inspiring team to create something greater than the sum of our parts."

"'Jagged Little Pill' was a triumph of self-expression -- an album that was impossible to ignore with its massive sound and raw honesty. I'm proud to be working with Alanis to bring that same emotional power and bravery onto a Broadway stage," said Tiwary. "We need more Broadway musicals with a serious, relatable emotional core and strong female voices. So we're looking forward to honoring the 'Jagged Little Pill' legacy -- while still surprising fans with some unexpected twists."

"Alanis' songs have always uniquely combined narrative clarity with dramatic power-- bringing them to the Broadway stage feels like bringing them home," said producer Arvind Ethan David.

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