“South Pacific: Javier, Gaga, Rob?

bardemLady-Gaga-jet-1eclipse.lr.060810“South Pacific” is headed back to the big screen. That’s good news. Why? Because the 1950s version of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, with Mitzi Gaynor and Rossano Brazzi, is widely felt to be a disappointment. This will be an opportunity to get things right. Adapting any great musical, especially one as beloved as “South Pacific,” is a hazardous enterprise. Will they get the casting right? The deluxe Hollywood casting would be: Robert Pattinson as Lt. Cable, Javier Bardem as Emile (Bardem dodged a bullet by exiting the movie version of “Nine”), and Lady Gaga as Nellie Forbush. You think she couldn’t do it? Wrong!

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