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Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill Is Coming to Broadway!

jagged little pillGather ’round, all ye children of the ’90s — we have a LOT to talk about. It has been announced that Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morissette’s groundbreaking 1995 album, is scheduled to hit Broadway stages next year! [Insert electric guitar riff and flannel-covered high fives here.]

Although the plot and script are still totally up in the air, we know that the show will feature every track from Jagged Little Pill, as well as several other Alanis hits and some original songs written specifically for the stage. The musical will be produced by Vivek J. Tiwary, and Tom Kitt will provide the score and arrangements. Both Tiwary and Kitt were behind Green Day’s rock opera, American Idiot, along with many other Broadway hits, so we can rest assured that this work in progress is in VERY good hands.

Alanis seems confident as well. “I look forward to taking the heart of Jagged Little Pill and expanding its story, fleshing it out into deeper layers of emotionality, specificity, humanity, power, physicality, spirit, and fabulism,” Morissette said in a press release.

Sounds perfect. Also, fabulism.

As someone who spent many angsty teenage years with Alanis and wrote about “Head Over Feet” for my college admissions essay (true story), I am over the moon about this news. My high school friends and I are already making plans to see the show together and bask in our mutual nostalgia.

We are all also super curious and excited to see how the undoubtedly hardcore musical will develop story-wise. The lovely Dresden already expressed her hopes of a love story revolving Alanis’ famous romance with Full House‘s Dave Coulier, and I think we can all agree that would be ideal. Whatever the plot ends up being, we at least know the music will be amazing and the emotions will be raw.

In honor of this momentous announcement, take a look at some other rockers who have had their music represented theatrically. For the most part, these “jukebox musicals” have been extremely successful, and I only wish the same for my girl Alanis.

7 Rockers Who’ve Brought Their Music to Broadway:

  • Green Day | American Idiot 1 of 7
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    Green Day's American Idiot ran on Broadway from 2010-2011, and it includes all the songs from their album of the same name (among others). The show was praised for its energetic feel, although some critics felt it lacked any real emotion. Still, it went on to pick up Tony awards for Best Scenic Design and Best Lighting Design.

     

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  • The Four Seasons | Jersey Boys 2 of 7
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    Bob Gaudio, one of the original members of The Four Seasons, was the driving force behind the conception and creation of Jersey Boys. The music of the 1960s' band was obviously popular, but little was known about the history of the group before this musical came out. It went on to become one of the stars of the 2006 Tonys, earning the top prize of Best Musical.

     

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  • The Who | The Who’s Tommy 3 of 7
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    The Who released their double album rock opera Tommy back in 1962, and Pete Townshend helped bring the same musical story to Broadway in 1993. The trippy show had a solid running, nabbing five Tonys, until the tour came to a close in 1997.

     

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  • ABBA | Mamma Mia! 4 of 7
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    I'm sure everyone is familiar with Mamma Mia! at this point, thanks in no small part to the film adaptation starring Meryl Streep. ABBA's Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson were involved in the development of the stage version from the beginning, and it premiered on Broadway in 2001 with astounding success. Today, it has the honor of being the 10th longest running musical in history.

     

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  • Buddy Holly | Buddy — The Buddy Holly Story 5 of 7
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    Buddy — The Buddy Holly Story is one of the earliest jukebox musicals, premiering on Broadway in 1990. Although Holly himself sadly couldn't give his input, Paul McCartney — who owned the rights to all of Buddy Holly's songs — stepped in to ensure the show was done right. The musical covers Holly's rise to fame and features songs by the iconic singer and other early rock artists.

     

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  • Queen | We Will Rock You 6 of 7
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    We Will Rock You takes place in the dystopian future and includes an actual Killer Queen who forbids musical instruments and forces kids to dress the same. Sounds awesome, right? The critics actually kind of hated it when it opened in 2002, but audience members continue to support it to this day. And although none of the members of Queen were behind WWRY's creation, guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor are known to perform at premieres every so often.

     

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  • Billy Joel | Movin’ Out 7 of 7
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    Movin' Out isn't like most Broadway musicals, namely because none of the characters sing ... at all. Renowned choreographer Twyla Tharp created what is essentially a rock ballet, with the main performers telling the story through dance while a pianist and band sing from a suspended platform. Aside from the title song, the musical features such Billy Joel hits as "We Didn't Start the Fire," "Piano Man," and "Uptown Girl."

     

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