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‘I am not that frightened about legacy’: Alanis Morissette on adapting Jagged Little Tablet for a musical | CBC Music Categorical Occasions

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It has been virtually three a long time since her seminal album Jagged Little Tablet and Alanis Morissette nonetheless finds the phrases she jotted down as an adolescent deeply relatable.

Now 49 years previous, the Ottawa native considers herself “lucky” that she will be able to carry out “You Oughta Know,” “Ironic” and a lot of the album’s different songs with a conviction much like that of her youth.

“They’re mainly worth methods,” she defined in a current telephone interview from her northern California residence.

“And happily these values, on my half, have been unwavering.”

Morissette has spent ample time reflecting on Jagged Little Tablet in recent times, discussing and dissecting how “Hand in My Pocket,” “Proper By way of You” and “You Study” grew to become anthems for a era of unbiased younger ladies.

Anniversaries handed, an HBO documentary on the legacy of Jagged Little Tablet was made and Morissette gave her blessing to a Broadway present constructed on her songs.

WATCH | The official music video for Alanis Morissette’s music ‘Hand in My Pocket’:

A touring manufacturing of Jagged Little Tablet: The Musical performs Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theatre via Nov. 26, rounding out a run of Canadian stops earlier this yr.

The musical weaves the Canadian singer-songwriter’s music and lyrics via the story of the Healys, a seemingly excellent American suburban household who’re quietly suffocating in their very own trauma.

Mary Jane, a mom of two, is secretly hooked on painkillers as she manages the fallout of a automobile crash, whereas the fireplace in her marriage has all however been snuffed out.

Her husband, Steve, is a workaholic whose pleasure depends on pornography.

In the meantime, their adopted daughter Frankie is exploring her bisexuality and activist streak whereas determining her difficult id as an adopted Black lady in a white household. Her brother Nick shoulders the burden of the “excellent” son who’s simply been admitted to Harvard but in addition harbours his personal demons.

Their lives come crashing down when the rape of a neighborhood highschool lady forces the Healy household to take care of their worth methods and the non-public issues they’ve ignored.

Jagged Little Tablet shaves the sharp edges of Morissette’s alternative-pop compositions for the musical stage, adjusts a few of the lyrics to suit characters and makes use of every music as gas for the narrative. Past the whole thing of Morissette’s 1995 album, different in style tracks in her catalogue have their second, together with “Uninvited,” “Thank U” and “So Pure.”

WATCH | The official music video for Alanis Morissette’s music ‘Thank U’:

When Morissette was first approached by producers practically a decade in the past with the concept of creating a stage musical out of her work, she mentioned she was much less involved with tarnishing the album’s place in music historical past than some may assume.

“I am not that frightened about legacy,” she assured.

“I really feel like individuals put a lot strain on themselves for what they ‘depart behind.”‘

Morissette had some boundaries. She did not need the undertaking to really feel like a jukebox musical that disbursed her songs with little that means.

She instructed producers that the present’s creators should share her creative values, particularly, her help of self-expression, connection and activism.

“Except they might meld collectively and all of us had the identical mission, I wasn’t actually ,” she mentioned.

It took greater than half a decade of mingling with Pulitzer Prize-winning writers and different potential inventive companions to search out her reply in Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody and theatre and opera director Diane Paulus, recognized for contemporary spins on traditional stage productions.

Morissette mentioned Cody dove into the lyrics of her songs and dismantled a few of the concepts to assemble the characters within the musical.

“[The idea] grew to become one thing that I not solely may get behind however may get behind fairly passionately,” the singer added.

For her half in its creation, she shared concepts with Cody and Paulus on how the plotline ought to take form.

“I haven’t got any direct expertise with adoption, nevertheless, numerous the opposite ‘massive points’ not solely have I skilled myself, however I had some perception,” Morissette added.

Jagged Little Tablet: The Musical made its debut in 2018 on the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass. earlier than opening in New York the next yr.

The Broadway present closed in 2021 after a number of Covid-19 outbreaks throughout the firm plagued the manufacturing, however the musical lives on via its touring solid. Theatre firm Harmony Theatrical introduced this week it acquired worldwide stage rights to take the present abroad.

Morissette’s position at this level is basically as a figurehead who sometimes does press to advertise the most recent runs. However she finds the album Jagged Little Tablet, stays a substantial emotional outlet.

Solely “Not the Physician,” one of many closing songs on the document, offers Morissette “a tiny, child cringe” when she sings it now. The lyrics are about refusing to compromise in a romantic relationship and had been written from the vantage level of a younger lady with little expertise, she now acknowledges.

“It was just a little flippant,” she says.

“I did not notice the diploma to which you actively help one another within the therapeutic course of in the event you’re in a extremely related relationship.”

The entire different songs nonetheless resonate emotionally.

“I can transfer it — bodily dance it and relive it,” she says.

“If I am on stage, upset, indignant, scared, lonely — all of these issues — it is virtually like an invite for individuals to really feel these emotions along with me.”

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