Alanis Morissette’s iconic debut LP Jagged Little Pill was released almost 23 years ago, but much of the album’s content maintains its pertinency today. And Morissette, to those who most fervently claim her, remains a fresh, feminist face (not just as a lesser Fiona Apple). Jagged Little Pill is so evergreen that the 1995 record has inspired a stage production of the same name, premiering May 24 at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass.
The show, which was first announced last year, follows the ups and downs of one of picture-perfect Connecticut family over the course of a year, tackling an array of social issues like sexual assault, gun control and gender identity, according to the New York Times.
Morissette wrote in a 2015 blog post that when she first pitched Jagged Little Pill track “You Oughta Know” to radio stations, “the consistent response was ‘We are already playing two female artists, we don’t need another one.’” After facing both radio and record label rejections throughout the ‘90s, the massive success of Jagged Little Pill was both a prize to be proudly displayed and a message to powerful men of music that women have a vital place in the industry. In 2018, the record’s biting lyrical content—that which protests, confronts and emotes—is being used in the musical to proclaim that same message in a broader sense, as well as to reckon with multiple paradigms of the cultural sphere.
“Alanis’s songs were written 23 years ago, but they feel like they were written yesterday,” Tom Kitt, the production’s Pulitzer Prize-winning music supervisor, told The New York Times. “These are all human issues that we’ve been dealing with for years.”
Another a-list collaborator on Jagged Little Pill is Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody, who wrote the book for the musical. Tony Award-winning Diana Paulus is the artistic director.
You can watch Morissette perform “You Oughta Know” via the Paste Cloud below.