“Gidget” on stage?

Francis Ford Coppola is planning to mount the 1959 Sandra Dee movie Gidget on London’s West End as a stage musical. Speaking at the Cannes Film Festival, which is showing a re-edited version of his Apocalypse Now Friday, Coppola told reporters that he had originally written the musical for a performance by students at the High School of Performing arts in Orange County, Calif. “I thought it would be nice to take it and do it in London … as soon as I have seven or eight weeks free.” Coppola, who has made waves in Hollywood with many of his controversial films, did not explain how he intends to make waves on the stage for the story about a surfer girl.