Alanis Morissette has Broadway in her sights, and to get there she may have to spill one of her biggest secrets.
The 39-year-old singer wants to turn her breakout album, “Jagged Little Pill,” into a stage play.
Depending on how much the play reflects her real life, Alanis Morissette may finally reveal to fans the source of her angst expressed in the breakthrough single “You Oughta Know.”
In the song, Alanis sings bitterly about a relationship that went sour, which clearly left her carrying some bad feelings.
In the 18 years since the song was released, there has been rampant speculation as to who she could be singing about. Many believed she was referring to Full House star and fellow Canadian Dave Coulier, with whom Alanis shared a brief relationship.
In fact, Dave Coulier believes the song is about him.
“There was a lot of familiar stuff,” he told HuffPost Live in September. “But the one that got me was, ‘I hate to bug you in the middle of dinner.’ “
“We had already broken up,” Coulier continued. “She called and I said, ‘Hey, you know, I’m right in the middle of dinner. Can I just call you right back?’ And so I remembered that line when I heard ‘You Oughta Know,’ and it was more like, ‘Uh-oh.’ “
But despite the angry song, Dave Coulier said he thinks “You Oughta Know” may have just been a way for Alanis Morissette to vent frustration over the failed relationship.
“I like to think that we parted as good friends,” he said. “I think nothing but the world of her. I think she’s a pretty outstanding human being to be quite honest.”
Fans may get a chance to find out for good the true inspiration of the sohg once Alanis brings “Jagged Little Pill” to Broadway. She has been working with Broadway veteran Tom Kitt, who has some experience turning music into theater. He previously worked with Green Day to adapt “American Idiot” for the stage.
Alanis said there is plenty of good stage material that can come from “Jagged Little Pill.”
“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,” Morissette, 39, said of the show, according to ET Online. “I look forward to collaborating with Vivek and Tom and our whole inspiring team to create something greater than the sum of our parts.”
Before fans of Dave Coulier run out and buy tickets to see if the actor is indeed the subject of “You Oughta Know” may have to wait a while. Alanis Morissette said the play is not yet written, but does plan to workshop it next year.