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In “unexpected musical” of the day news, Canadian musician Alanis Morrissette has made the announcement today that she will be developing her 1995 album Jagged Little Pill into a Broadway musical.
The musical, which will also be called Jagged Little Pill, will have the same manpower that brought Green Day’s American Idiot to life, with Tony and Pulitzer winner Tom Kitt providing arrangements for the musical, while Vivek J Tiwary will produce the musical alongside The Infidel and Tormented producer Arvind Ethan David.
Morissette broke the news of the musical, saying she was looking forward to expanding the “deeper layers” of her third album:
“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. I look forward to collaborating with Vivek and Tom and our whole inspiring team to »
- Lucy Cave
This week's comedy news
Panel shows are, not for the first time, under fire this week, as Ross Noble pronounces judgment on BBC2's Mock the Week. It is, says the Geordie funnyman, "terrible". Perhaps not surprisingly for an improvising comic, Noble's beef with the satirical show is that its jokes are scripted in advance. "If you watch Mock the Week, watch when the camera goes wide, look at the scripts – they've got pages and pages of them. You watch Have I Got News for You and they show a wide shot, there are no notes there." In the Spinning the News round, he says "it's really weird that when the wheel spins, the topics that come up usually relate to something that is in that »
- Brian Logan
Hoffman and Dench take the lead roles in “Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot,” which is one of more than 60 new programs in Red Arrow’s catalog in Cannes. It tells the story of Mr. Hoppy, a retired bachelor with a secret desire for his neighbor, the lovely Mrs. Silver. Show is produced by Hilary Bevan Jones, scripted by Richard Curtis (“Four Weddings and a Funeral”) and helmed by Dearbhla Walsh (“The Tudors”).
Another hot item is BBC thriller “The Escape Artist,” which stars David Tennant (“Doctor Who”) and Sophie Okonedo (“Hotel Rwanda”). It centers on a defense lawyer who specializes in getting people out of tight legal corners; when his talents acquit the prime suspect in a horrific murder trial, his brilliance comes back to bite him. »
- Leo Barraclough
Sit.com will focus on a family addicted to technology, according to Broadcast.
Baddiel's last TV effort was an instalment of Sky1's Little Crackers in 2010.
In recent years, the 49-year-old comic also wrote 2010 film The Infidel and has penned four novels.
Sketch show Smack the Pony could also be revived by the channel, reports suggest. »
4 items from 2013
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