Idina Menzel is taking on Jagged Little Pill.
The Tony-winning actress will lead an upcoming reading of the new stage musical built around Alanis Morissette’s iconic 1995 album, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Though participating in the Actors’ Equity reading, Menzel won’t be in the debut run of the show at Cambridge’s American Repertory in May 2018, as she’s set to star in Joshua Harmon’s off-Broadway play Skintight. However, the show — development of which was first announced in 2013 — is believed to be eyeing an eventual Broadway debut. As with Matthew Morrison in Finding Neverland and Phillipa Soo in Amelie, actors who lead shows’ early workshops occasionally return to star in their Broadway runs.
Directed by Diane Paulus (Waitress), Jagged Little Pill will include orchestrations and arrangements by Tom Kitt (Next to Normal) and a book by Diablo Cody, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Juno who also co-created the series United States of Tara and One Mississippi. The reading reunites Menzel with Kitt, one of the composers of Menzel’s 2014 Broadway musical If/Then.
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER