November 8, 2013

Broadway To Get A Dose Of Jagged Little Pill

Alanis Morissette will take multi-platinum album to the stage

Vivek J. Tiwary to Produce New Musical

New York, NEW YORK (November 8, 2013) – Seven-time Grammy Award winner Alanis Morissette will take her 1995 hit album, Jagged Little Pill, to the Broadway stage debuting a workshop production of the piece in 2014. The musical, also called “Jagged Little Pill,” will include the full song list from the album as well as tracks from the rest of her body of work and some new, original songs that she will compose specially for the stage production. Two-time Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Kitt (“Next To Normal”, Green Day’s “American Idiot”) has signed on to provide orchestrations and arrangements. Kitt will be next represented on Broadway with his new, original musical “If/Then” opening in March 2014.

“Jagged Little Pill” will be produced by veteran Broadway producer Vivek J. Tiwary, who saw success with a similar venture, Green Day’s “American Idiot,” and British-Malaysian producer Arvind Ethan David.

“I look forward to taking the heart of Jagged Little Pill and expanding its story, fleshing it out into ever deeper layers of emotionality, specificity, humanity, power, physicality, spirit and fabulism,” shared Morissette.  “I look forward to collaborating with Vivek and Tom and our whole inspiring team to create something greater than the sum of our parts.”

Jagged Little Pill, co-written with Morissette by the album’s producer Glen Ballard, sold over 33 million copies worldwide, producing six hit singles. The album is still the best-selling debut release by a female artist in the U.S. and the highest-selling debut album worldwide in music history. It debuted at number one on the Billboard charts, where it stayed for 12 weeks, and was eventually ranked as the number one best-selling album of the 1990’s, certified 16x Platinum. Morissette won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year, making her the youngest artist in history to win the title at age 21. She also won the Grammy for Best Rock Album and the single “You Oughta Know” won Best Female Rock Vocal Performance and Best Rock Song. Morissette’s musical success spans globally with over 60 million albums sold, seven Grammy Awards, 12 Canadian Juno Awards, two Golden Globe nominations and multiple contributions to major theatrical releases, including THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA and CITY OF ANGELS.

“Jagged Little Pill was a triumph of self-expression– an album that was impossible to ignore with its massive sound and raw honesty. I’m proud to be working with Alanis to bring that same emotional power and bravery onto a Broadway stage,” said producer Tiwary. “We need more Broadway musicals with a serious, relatable emotional core and strong female voices. So we’re looking forward to honoring the Jagged Little Pill legacy– while still surprising fans with some unexpected twists.”

“Alanis’ songs have always uniquely combined narrative clarity with dramatic power– bringing them to the Broadway stage feels like bringing them home,” added David.

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, 12 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), 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 acted on the big and small screen with roles in “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Dogma,” “Sex and the City,” “Weeds” and “Up All Night,” and has appeared as a celebrity guest mentor on the 2nd season of “The Voice.”  Outside of entertainment, Alanis 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 leads workshops, special speaking engagements and keynote speaking worldwide.  For more information see www.alanis.com.

ABOUT TOM KITT

Tom Kitt received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama as well as two Tony Awards for Best Score and Best Orchestrations for “Next to Normal.”  His music for “Next to Normal” also received the 2009 Frederick Loewe Award for dramatic composition and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Score.  He is currently working on a new musical, “If/Then”, opening at the National Theatre in Washington, DC in 2013. Tom is also responsible for the music supervision, arrangements and orchestrations for Green Day’s “American Idiot” on Broadway, and provided additional arrangements for their Grammy Award-winning album 21st Century Breakdown and their new album trilogy, ¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré!  Tom is also the composer of “High Fidelity” (Broadway); “Bring it On, The Musical” (with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Broadway); “The Winter’s Tale” and “All’s Well That Ends Well” (The Public’s NYSF); “Orphans” (Broadway); and “From Up Here” (MTC.) As a musical director, conductor, arranger and orchestrator, his credits include PITCH PERFECT (Feature Film), 13, DEBBIE DOES DALLAS, EVERYDAY RAPTURE, HAIR, LAUGH WHORE, and PIPPIN (Deaf West.)

ABOUT VIVEK J TIWARY

Vivek J. Tiwary is an award-winning producer, writer, and financier for film, television, theater, music, and graphic novels. He is the producer and writer of “The Fifth Beatle” (www.FifthBeatle.com) a feature film and graphic novel based on the life of Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein. “The Fifth Beatle” has secured unprecedented access to Beatles’ music and is in development to shoot in 2014. He is also exclusive producer of Amelia Rules! — a children’s film franchise and television series based on the series of tween graphic novels by New York Times best-selling author Jimmy Gownley. In television, Vivek sold a sitcom pilot “Punk Rock Dad” to CBS, based on the bestselling memoir/parenting manual by Pennywise lead singer Jim Lindberg, and he is developing a number of additional series including “Ascension,” a historical fiction / thriller juxtaposing the history of astronomy with mankind’s future in the stars. On Broadway, Vivek’s productions have won a combined 25 Tony Awards from 44 Tony nominations—every single one of his shows have been decorated. They include “The Addams Family,” Green Day’s “American Idiot” (the groundbreaking adaptation of the superstar rock band’s multi-platinum album), Mel Brooks’ “The Producers” (the most Tony Awards ever) and “Young Frankenstein”, “A Raisin In The Sun” (starring Sean Combs), and “A Little Night Music” (starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury). Off-Broadway, Vivek produced a theatrical collaboration between electropop/performance artists Fischerspooner and avant-garde theatre collective The Wooster Group (founded by Willem Dafoe, Spalding Gray, and others) that launched the 2008 Sao Paulo Art Bienal. Vivek also serves on the Board of Directors for Valiant Entertainment (www.valiantentertainment.com), a multi-platform company that boasts the third largest and most-loved universe of comic book characters and has been hailed by the New York Times as “Marvel 2.0”. Prior to founding Tiwary Entertainment Group (www.tiwaryent.com) and online music education/empowerment company StarPolish, Vivek held a number of major label music-industry positions, including launching and heading the Alternative Marketing Department at Mercury/PolyGram Records, and managing Video Promotion for Mercury/PolyGram, where he worked closely with MTV and VH1. Vivek has worked with artists covering the entire musical spectrum including Bruce Springsteen, Shania Twain, Bon Jovi, Pearl Jam, Kiss, LL Cool J, John Mellencamp, Allen Ginsberg, Oasis, Hanson, 311 and The Mighty Mighty BossTones to name but a few. Among many charitable pursuits, Vivek is the Co-Founder of Musicians On Call (www.musiciansoncall.org), a nonprofit organization that uses music and entertainment to complement the healing process. He is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of both the Wharton School of Business and the University of Pennsylvania’s College of Arts and Sciences. Vivek also holds a filmmaking certificate from The New York Film Academy and is an acting student of Susan Batson/Black Nexxus Acting Studio. Tiwary is represented by David Alpert and Lawrence Mattis at Circle of Confusion and Seth Gelblum at Loeb+Loeb.

ABOUT ARVIND ETHAN DAVID

Arvind is a Producer of films, television and theatre and an experienced media executive and entrepreneur, with an international focus, working between the UK, US and Asia.  Arvind currently serves as Head of Production and Development for Ideate Media (www.ideatemedia.com.my), a new content company jointly owned by Khazanah Nasional Berhad (the strategic investment arm of the Government of Malaysia) and Astro Overseas Limited (the international division of Malaysia’s leading integrated media entertainment group). Arvind is also a principal of Slingshot, the next generation film production and financing business that he founded in 2006 with Arts Alliance principal, Thomas C. Hoegh. Slingshot (www.slingshot-studios.com) produced and financed five feature films, most recently the British break-out hit comedy THE INFIDEL, which is currently being adapted both as a Bollywood movie and as a stage musical (with music by Erran Baron Cohen, book by David Baddiel and additional material by Arvind).   As a writer, Arvind has published numerous pieces of short fiction journalism as well as stage work.  His play DIRK, the official adaptation of the Douglas Adams novel Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, is performed frequently around the world. Arvind is a qualified British attorney, holds an MA in Jurisprudence from Oxford University and an MBA from the London Business School. He lives in Los Angeles and is represented by David Alpert, Ashley Bernes & Lawrence Mattis at Circle of Confusion, Richard Thompson at Bloom Hergott and Neil Adleman at Harbottle & Lewis.

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