When Alanis Morissette’s third album, Jagged Little Pill, debuted 22 years ago, it provided a radio-friendly soundtrack for disenfranchised feminist youths everywhere while simultaneously confusing us all as to the actual meaning of the word “ironic.” And now, the unapologetically angsty, breakup-inspired alt-rock gem is coming back in the form of a musical, thanks to Morissette and writer Diablo Cody. Break out your slip dress and your sole-punishing Steve Madden slides, because this is peak ’90s nostalgia.
The show will reportedly center on a multi-generational family dealing with hot-button issues like race and gender identity, which seems ambitious, but not wholly impossible when you consider the content and impact of songs like “Hand in My Pocket” and “You Oughta Know.” According to Rolling Stone, it will premiere in May 2018 at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The project was first announced by Morrisette in 2013.
“The chemistry between all of us is crackling and I feel honored to be diving into these songs again, surrounded by all of this searing talent,” she said in a statement. “Diablo and [director] Diane [Paulus] are already taking these deeply personal songs that are part of my soul’s marrow to a whole other level of hope, freedom and complexity.”
Cody, the screenwriter behind Juno, Young Adult, and the ill-fated Megan Fox vehicle Jennifer’s Body (yeah, remember that?) made a similarly positive statement: “I am so excited to tell a modern story through these iconic songs. Alanis’s music is full of powerful narratives that lend themselves organically to this process.”