She’s got one hand in her pocket, and the other one’s writing a musical.
Of course, with that news, two questions immediately come to mind: When will this masterpiece of theater open to the public and are we allowed to belt “You Oughta Know” along with the onstage cast? Of the former, we know the show will begin workshop performances in 2014, according to a press release announcing the project.
As for whether theatergoers should tote hairbrushes to double as microphones, it’s still unknown whether audience participation is encouraged (but really, is it possible to hear “Head Over Feet” without singing along?).The album’s entire track list is expected to be included in the musical, and then some. Though 39-year-old Morissette can no longer claim to be “young and underpaid,” as she did on “Hand In My Pocket,” she’s set to revisit the “Jagged Little Pill” mindset to write original numbers for inclusion in the show.
“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,” Morissette said in the release.
There’s also serious Broadway cred behind the nascent production: The arranger for Green Day’s “American Idiot” Broadway musical, Tom Kitt, has signed on to provide orchestrations, and that show’s producer, Vivek J. Tiwary, also joins the Morissette production. It will no doubt be interesting to see how the songs from Morissette’s angsty ’90s opus are strung together by plot.
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