10 '90s Albums That Should Be Broadway Musicals

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It seems Broadway may have a taste for those ironic jagged little '90s pills after all.

Here's the thing: Jagged Little Pill, that mega-huge album from our favorite '90s alt-wailer Alanis Morissette, is being adapted for the Broadway stage. As in, they're making the album into a Broadway musical, and Alanis is all for it. She's even helping to expand the story behind it, "fleshing it out into ever deeper layers of emotionality, specificity, humanity, power, physicality, spirit and fabulism." For real.

Yeah, we're a bit confused too, but we like anything with jazz hands and high kicks, so we'll go with it. Hell, it worked for Green Day's American Idiot, and that album barely worked as an album, so Jagged Little Pill: Broadway Style, is sure to be theater genius, right?

But Ms. Morisette and her down-and-dirty theater antics got us wondering, in a non-ironic way, about what other badass '90s albums we could turn into decent Broadway musicals. Here are the ten we'd like to see. Jazz hands!

10. The Fragile, Nine Inch Nails
Trent Reznor's heavy reliance on soundscapes, electronic beats, and pure grit made The Fragile much more of an art-rock album than the two that came before it. Reznor has always had a bit of Broadway in him, with his spiraling-into-despair type of vibe, but when he threw out this album -- which reeks elegant misery and a cultured loneliness -- it elevated not only the type of music he was making, but the Broadway-crossover elements as well. We say a Nine Inch Nails show is just what Broadway needs.

9. Hit to Death In the Future Head, Flaming Lips
It's the Flaming Lips. Every album they make is some sort of weird-play/album/art-show mashup anyway, but think about the possibilities. You've got tracks like "Halloween on the Barbary Coast" or "You Have to be Joking (Autopsy of the Devil's Brain)" that make it seem like Wayne Coyne and company wrote this album with Broadway hopes in mind.

8. Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, Smashing Pumpkins
Really, is there a more theatrical group than Smashing Pumpkins, especially when both D'arcy Wretzky and James Iha were in the band? The plot lines would be insane, and the sets could be pulled straight from their music videos, which you've got to admit are still pretty rad all these years later.

Not only that, but something tells me Billy Corgan could bust out some pretty magical jazz hands, given the opportunity.

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Matthew Ashton
Matthew Ashton

NIN yes. This is a pretty sweet list, HP... pretty sweet indeed.

Christopher Williams
Christopher Williams

Countdown to extinction by Megadeth would make for an interesting musical.

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