By Archana Patrick
As a film producer, Malaysian-born Arvind Ethan David has accumulated a string of achievements under his belt over the years. He is best known for producing The Infidel written by David Baddiel in 2010 and French Film starring Hugh Bonneville and Manchester United football legend Eric Cantona.
David, a solicitor by qualification, also wears many hats, namely, an author having written several short stories such as the comic series, Darkness Visible and as co-author of The Atheist’s Guide to Christmas. He is also the playwright of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, an American adaptation of Douglas Adams’ science fiction detective comedy novel series.
A recent addition to his string of achievements is the Broadway musical production of Jagged Little Pill, opening this fall, featuring music from the internationally-acclaimed alternative rock album of the 90’s, Jagged Little Pill, by Alanis Morissette.
The Broadway musical, jointly produced with two other lead producers, Vivek J. Tiwary and Eva Price is based on a book by Oscar winner, Diablo Cody of the same name and centers around the Healys, a “picture-perfect suburban family” in reality, grappling with contemporary social issues such as opiate addiction, sexual assault and gender identity.
A culmination of nine years of work, David expressed much excitement on his Twitter account by stating – “Woke up to see that #JaggedLittleBroadway was trending. Feeling good to see 9 years of work come to fruition.”
On the other hand, Morrissette has this to say about the musical – “…what this process has yielded artistically and collaboratively, has been nothing short of a revelation, a balm and an arrival for me.”
“It’s a culmination of so much of what my life’s work has been oriented toward,” she added.
The musical which initially premiered in mid-2018 has already received rave reviews in The New York Times as “a big-hearted musical that breaks the mould”. BuzzFeed News even commented that the musical is ‘stirring, breathtaking & exceptionally relevant”.
It would certainly be interesting to see this theatrical version of Jagged Little Pill making its way to Malaysia!