It was only a matter of time before the dramatic arts finally got around to addressing the emotional complexities at the heart of fucking Uncle Joey, a prospect we’ll finally get to see play out on stage for the just-announced musical production of Alanis Morissette’s iconic 90s masterpiece Jagged Little Pill.
The production, set to debut in 2014,will feature arrangements and orchestration from Tom Kritt and production from Vivek J. Tiwary, the men who helped put the final, we really mean it this time, for realsies nail in the punk coffin with the musical production of Green Day’s American Idiot.
In fact, she hasn’t ruled out the prospect of appearing onstage in the new Pill. She notes that Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong did a stint in the Broadway run ofAmerican Idiot, though he wasn’t in the original cast.
“I don’t know whether it would be me starting in the role or coming in at some point, but I’m totally open to the possibility of that,” Morissette says. “I think once (the book) is written, it will become more obvious whether I was born to originate the role.”
Morissette is, with Tiwary, selecting a librettist to flesh out the album’s narrative thread, inspired by the singer’s personal experience. “It’s not a concept album the way American Idiot was,” Tiwary proposes. “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.”
The show, he says, “may increase the stakes of the conflict. There could be narrative twists.”
Will she go down on you in thah theay-tuh? has a much nicer ring to it, doesn’t it?
All of which reminds us, this is a really nice song: