May 30, 2017

Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill To Make Musical Debut May Of 2018, Directed By Diane Paulus With Book By Diablo Cody

NEW YORK, NY, May 30, 2017 – Producers Vivek J. Tiwary, Arvind Ethan David, and Eva Price have announced that the highly anticipated musical debut of Alanis Morissette’s JAGGED LITTLE PILL will premiere at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge Massachusetts in May 2018. Boasting an incredible lineup of seasoned talent, the world premiere will be directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Pippin, Waitress, Finding Neverland, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess), with a book written by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (Juno, United States of Tara).  Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Kitt (American Idiot, Next to Normal) will be providing orchestrations and arrangements. A.R.T.’s production of Jagged Little Pill is produced by special arrangement with Vivek J. Tiwary (American Idiot, A Raisin in The Sun, and The Addams Family) Arvind Ethan David (Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, The Infidel), and Eva Price (Dear Evan Hansen, On Your Feet, Peter and the Starcatcher).

 

“This team that has come together for this Jagged Little Pill musical is my musical theatre dream come true,” said Morissette in a statement. “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. Diablo and Diane 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.”

Songs from Morissette’s groundbreaking third album ‘Jagged Little Pill,’ which she co-wrote with Glen Ballard, will be performed in the upcoming show including classics “Ironic,” “You Oughta Know,” and “Hand in My Pocket.” Melodies from her extensive body of work will also be incorporated into the musical. In 1995, JAGGED LITTLE PILL launched the singer-songwriter into International stardom, earning her five Grammy Awards out of nine nominations, including Album of the Year. She became the youngest artist in history to receive the title, and remained so for the next fourteen years. To date, the album remains among the best-selling albums of all time, selling more than 33 million copies worldwide.

 

From the Tony Award-winning productions of Pippin, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Waitress, and HAIR to her immersive Studio 54 inspired The Donkey Show, Diane Paulus has been expanding the boundaries of theater by working with artists across disciplines including 7 Doigts and Sara Bareilles. “Jagged Little Pill defined a generation and yet the raw, emotional honesty of Alanis’s songs feels more needed now than ever,” said Diane Paulus. “I am thrilled to be collaborating with Alanis and Diablo to unlock the theatrical power of this album.”

 

In close creative consultation with Morissette, Diablo Cody has written a new and original storyline that revolves around a modern and multi-generational family and their complex dynamics, touching on issues of gender identity and race.”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” says Cody, who won an Academy Award for writing the screenplay for the beloved indie film Juno, and penned the screenplays for Young Adult and Ricki and the Flash.  Bringing her talent for storytelling to the small screen, she is the creator of the Emmy and Golden Globe winning series “United States of Tara” alongside Steven Spielberg, and the WGA-nominated series “One Mississippi” with Tig Notaro.

“Alanis, Diablo, Diane and Tom are a producer’s dream team,” said Tiwary, David, and Price in a joint statement. “We’re honored to be shepherding these four fierce pioneers towards the creation of a what will be a true cultural event, one worthy of the groundbreaking legacy of ‘Jagged Little Pill.'”

ABOUT ALANIS MORISSETTE

Since 1995 Alanis Morissette has been one of the most influential singer-songwriter-musicians in contemporary music.  Her deeply expressive music and performances have earned vast critical praise, 14 Canadian Juno Awards, 7 Grammy® Awards (with an additional 14 nominations), a Golden Globe nomination and sales of over 60 million albums worldwide.  Morissette’s 1995 debut, “JAGGED LITTLE PILL,” was followed by such eclectic and acclaimed albums as “SUPPOSED FORMER INFATUATION JUNKIE” (1998), “MTV UNPLUGGED” (1999), “UNDER RUG SWEPT” (2002), “SO-CALLED CHAOS” (2004), “JAGGED LITTLE PILL ACOUSTIC” (2005), her greatest hits album, “THE COLLECTION” (2005), “FLAVORS OF ENTANGLEMENT”(2008), HAVOC AND BRIGHT LIGHTS (2012), and “JAGGED LITTLE PILL: COLLECTOR’S EDITION” (2015), released in honor of the 20th anniversary of the groundbreaking debut, as well as musical contributions to theatrical releases, some of which include “The Chronicles of Narnia,” “Prince of Persia,” and “City of Angels.” Alanis has also acted on the big and small screen In 2015, Alanis was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Outside of entertainment, she is an avid supporter of female empowerment, as well as spiritual, psychological and physical wellness.  She has contributed her writing to a variety of outlets and forums, and participates in worships, special speaking engagements and keynote speaking worldwide.  Alanis has also donated her time to a number of causes that help raise awareness and funding on a number of issues including Equality Now which benefits international human rights, Music for Relief, UN Global Tolerance for which she was honored for her contributions for promoting tolerance through the arts, “Every Mother Counts” CD for which she contributed her song “Magical Child” to help prevent needless maternal deaths,  and P.S Arts which has worked tirelessly to provide access to the arts through in-school programs to thousands of children in some of the most under-served neighborhoods in California.  Alanis has also been outspoken on the issue of home child birth, its benefits and challenges for mothers across the world.  In 2016, Alanis launched Conversation with Alanis Morissette, a monthly podcast that features conversations with a variety of revered authors, doctors, educators and therapists, covering a wide range of topics including psychology, art, spirituality, design, health, well-being and relationships. She is currently working on new music and penning a book. For more information see www.alanis.com.

 

ABOUT VIVEK J. TIWARY

VIVEK J. TIWARY is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, a Tony Award-winning Broadway producer, a media financier, and an entertainment industry nonprofit leader. On Broadway Vivek’s productions have won a combined 25 Tony Awards over 44 Tony nominations, and include such groundbreaking work as A Raisin In The Sun, Green Day’s American Idiot, and The Addams Family. In television Vivek is writing and serving as Executive Producer on the forthcoming adaptation of his own internationally bestselling graphic novel The Fifth Beatle, which has secured unprecedented access to Beatles music. Vivek is a financier of Valiant Entertainment, called “Marvel 2.0” by the New York Times. Among many charitable pursuits, he is the Co-Founder of Musicians On Call, a nonprofit that brings live music into healthcare facilities. Finally, Vivek is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the Wharton School of Business and the University of Pennsylvania’s College of Arts and Sciences. Please visit him at TiwaryEnt.com and follow @vivekjtiwary.

ABOUT ARVIND ETHAN DAVID

Arvind Ethan David is a producer and writer of film, television, comics and theatre, who also serves as Executive Director of Ideate Media, a production and financing company with offices in Los Angeles and Kuala Lumpur. In theatre, in addition to Jagged Little Pill, David produced and contributed lyrics for David Baddiel and Erran Baron Cohen’s The Infidel – Musical, based on their hit film, which had its initial run at The Theatre Royal Stratford East in London, and is currently prepping for a National UK tour. His stage adaptation of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency is published by Samuel French, has been translated into multiple languages, and is performed regularly around the world. David, who works primarily in film and television, is an Executive Producer of the acclaimed BBC America / Netflix series Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, starring Elijah Wood.  His comic book work includes Darkness Visible (with Mike Carey) and Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. Please follow him @ArvD.

ABOUT EVA PRICE

EVA PRICE is a four time Tony-Nominated Broadway Producer and was recently named one of Crain’s NY 40 Under Forty Rising Business Stars.  She has produced over 15 Broadway plays, musicals, and special events which include: Dear Evan Hansen (9 Tony Nominations), On Your Feet! (The Story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan), Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons on Broadway!, Peter and The Starcatcher (5 Tony Awards), Colin Quinn Long Story Short (Directed by Jerry Seinfeld), Annie (Tony-Nominated Musical Revival), The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino (Tony Nominated Play Revival), Carrie Fisher’s Wishful Drinking, as well as several other solo shows and critically acclaimed concerts starring The Temptations & The Four Tops,  Kathy Griffin, and Lewis Black.  Recent Off Broadway projects include the Drama-Desk Nominated Found (Atlantic Theater Company & Philadelphia Theater Company), Benjamin Scheuer’s award-winning The Lion (Drama Desk Winner, National Tour), and Bess Wohl’s critically acclaimed, Small Mouth Sounds. International and Touring Credits include: #FollowMe (The Interactive Youtube Dance Experience), The Hip Hop Nutcracker, featuring Rap Icon Kurtis Blow, among others. She is the Executive Vice President of Maximum Entertainment Productions, a management, producing and development company based in NYC.

 

ABOUT THE AMERICAN REPERTORY THEATER

The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University is a leading force in the American theater, producing groundbreaking work in Cambridge and beyond. Under the leadership of Paulus and Executive Director Diane Quinn, the A.R.T. seeks to expand the boundaries of theater by programming events that immerse audiences in transformative theatrical experiences. Throughout its history, the A.R.T. has been honored with many distinguished awards, including the Tony Award for Best New Play for All the Way (2014); consecutive Tony Awards for Best Revival of a Musical for Pippin (2013) and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (2012), both of which Paulus directed; a Pulitzer Prize; a Jujamcyn Prize for outstanding contribution to the development of creative talent; the Regional Theatre Tony Award; and many more.

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