Thursday, March 15, 2007

Scarlett Johansson To Star In "South Pacific?"

Scarlett Johansson almost starred in the West End revival of "The Sound Of Music," until Andrew Lloyd Webber went the reality show route and found a new star that boosted that show wonderfully. Now Johansson is pegged as the possible lead in a revival of "South Pacific." I certainly don't agree with the NY post's Michael Riedel that the two lead roles are among the greatest ever written -- heck, they're not even the two best lead roles ever written by Rodgers & Hammerstein. (I'd choose "Carousel.") What goes unmentioned is the fact that the book is hoary and dated and needs to be tweaked mightily, something the R&H estate have resisted. Everyone knows the show wouldn't work today as written; that's why it's not had a major revival. And -- just wondering -- can Scarlett sing?

2 comments:

Ed Sikov said...

No show that features shirtless sailors can properly be considered "dated." Bare chested men are timeless.

Michael in New York said...

And with Nellie showering onstage to wash that man right out of her hair, I suppose there's something for everyone.