All I really want is to see this immediately.
The Diablo Cody-penned musical Jagged Little Pill, an original story that incorporates songs from the iconic 1995 Alanis Morissette album (as well as a few of her other LPs), will make its Broadway debut in the fall after a very successful 10-week run at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the New York Times reports.
You oughta know a bit about the show. According to BuzzFeed’s review of the original run, the show is about, well, everything. It features a woman, Mary Jane Healy, in a sexless marriage and secretly addicted to painkillers. Her daughter, Frankie, is adopted and Black and has to deal with her mother’s “colorblind” world view. Frankie also explores her queerness with her genderqueer best friend, Jo. The show also features a plot about Mary Jane’s son, Nick, whose best friend is accused of raping one of Frankie’s best friends.
Troubled women and queer characters? I’ve already got one hand in my pocket, reaching for my debit card, ready to purchase tickets.
Diablo Cody won an Oscar for writing 2007’s Juno and has since become the foremost chronicler of the plight of women in America with films like Young Adult and Tully, so this seems right up her alley. The show is directed by Diane Paulus, a Tony-winner for her 2013 Broadway adaptation of Pippin.
Producers told the Times that the show will be changed from its initial run slightly to make it … perfect (OK, not as big a hit — but still recognizable to anyone who’s ever plowed through Jagged Little Pill on an emotional bender) for its Broadway debut.
“You can always keep improving, and the changes we have made are many, many little ones that add up to a more streamlined, layered, and deeper show,” producer Eva Price said to the Times. “The world has continued to change, and that has affected the writing and the direction.”
No theater or premiere date has yet been announced. But, hey, if this does turn out to be another disappointing jukebox musical — you learn, ya know?