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Swallow It Down – Alanis’s Jagged Little Thrill

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We’re so excited by the news that Alanis Morissette’s 3rd album and 90’s phenomenon Jagged Little Pill is set to be turned into a Broadway musical.

We’re also a little bit gutted that The Guardian’s Matt Trueman beat us to the classy headline ‘Alanis set to find out how her songs will go down in a theatre’.

That aside, we’re told that the musical will feature all the tracks from the LP and then some.  Being that the acoustic version of this body of work hammered home with strings and orchestration, we’re thinking there’s very little chance of this going wrong.

“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,” said Morissette in a statement.

The musical will be produced by Arvind Ethan David and Vivek J Tiwary, who described the album as “a triumph of self-expression – an album that was impossible to ignore with its massive sound and raw honesty.”

The American Idiot producer continued: “We need more Broadway musicals with a serious, relatable emotional core and strong female voices. So we’re looking forward to honouring the Jagged Little Pill legacy – while still surprising fans with some unexpected twists.”

Morissette’s co-writer on Jagged Little Pill, Glen Ballard, has already turned his hand to musical theatre, as one of the primary collaborators on Ghost: the Musical, which is currently on tour in the UK, following runs on Broadway and in the West End.

As to whether we’ll be allowed to self harm and wail along from the stalls, that remains to be seen.

In the meantime; revisit the album this week.  It really is a stormer.

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