Stage and screen star Idina Menzel will lead a reading of the eagerly-anticipated stage musical version of Alanis Morissette’s angst-fuelled album Jagged Little Pill.
Although the Wicked star will be part of the Actors’ Equity reading of the new show, it has been reported that Menzel will not be available for the musical’s premiere next year as she is already set to star in Joshua Harmon’s Off-Broadway play Skintight.
Industry insiders, however, have pointed out that actors who lead early workshops of shows are often among the first choices to star in their eventual Broadway runs.
One of Rolling Stone magazine’s ‘500 Greatest Albums of All Time’, the raw and very personal 1995 release established Alanis Morissette as a major singer/songwriter.
Produced by award-winning songwriter and producer Glen Ballard, the album – featuring the tracks ‘Ironic’, ‘You Oughta Know’ and ‘Hand in My Pocket’ – was Morrisette’s third album but her first international one.
The multi Grammy-winning record will provide the inspiration for a show that will reportedly be a ‘fictionalised’ story focusing on a family dealing with contemporary issues including gender identity and race.
Due to premiere at the ground-breaking American Repertory Theatre (ART) in Cambridge, Massachusetts in May 2018, the musical will feature a book by Diablo Cody, the Oscar-winning writer of the cult favourite Juno and orchestral arrangements by Tom Kitt (American Idiot).
ART’s artistic director, Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Pippin, Finding Neverland) will direct and the show will be produced by Vivek J Tiwary, Arvind Ethan David and Eva Price.
Plans for a musical Jagged Little Pill were first reported in an interview in Billboard magazine in 2015 when Morissette told a reporter she was writing a ‘jukebox-musical’ with Kitt whose work on Green Day’s American Idiot had proved an inspiration. At that time Morissette said the stage version of the album would include some changed lyrics and extra songs.