Friday 30 September 2016

'A real honour' for Rebel Wilson to make West End bow in Guys And Dolls

Published 27/06/2016 | 11:01

Rebel Wilson will play Miss Adelaide
Rebel Wilson will play Miss Adelaide

Rebel Wilson has said she is honoured to be making her West End debut in Guys And Dolls.

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She told the Press Association: "The very first time I came to the West End, I was 21 and I was a student.

"I went to see all the musicals that were on at the time - all the old ones like Starlight Express and The Lion King - and I was just like, 'Wow! I wonder if I could ever do that one day?'

"Now, I'm going to be in one of the shows and it's a real honour and I hope people come because I'm going to try to give it."

The star added: "I've only got 64 performances, it's not a lot when you think about it so I'm going to give it every single night and try my best."

Wilson is playing Miss Adelaide at the Phoenix Theatre for eight weeks from June 28.

On the subject of why she signed up for the role, the Australian said she was ready for a challenge.

"I wanted to mix things up. Things in movies are going so well, I'm getting offered such cool roles, but I wanted to diversify a little bit."

She continued: "It's super classy to come to the West End - so many American and Australian actors come over to join the very talented British."

Guys And Dolls follows gambler Nathan Detroit and his fiancee of 14 years, the club singer Miss Adelaide.

Talking about her character, Wilson said: "Miss Adelaide is a very iconic role.

"She's got all the comedy and sass that I like to bring, but she's got some really heartfelt, kind of heartbreaking moments in the show."

Production stills of Wilson as Miss Adelaide are reminiscent of a 1950s blonde bombshell look epitomised by Marilyn Monroe or Jayne Mansfield.

Wilson agreed: "Most people don't associate me with glamour, I'm more your everyday girl. But there's something about the 1950s.

"For example, I never wear tights ever in real life because they just stick to your skin and you've got to pull them on and it takes, like, five minutes.

"But in the 50s that's what they did so it's been very interesting for me to try on all the undergarments that they'd wear - and the tights."

Wilson, best known for playing Fat Amy in the Pitch Perfect films, also said she would love to write her own musical based on Ursula from The Little Mermaid.

Earlier this month at The Hollywood Bowl, the 36-year-old impressed US critics with her performance of Ursula in a live production of Disney's 1989 animated favourite

She said: "I just worked with Alan Menken - who's a genius songwriter who wrote basically any Disney musical song - and I was like, 'Let's do a collab, let's get something going', so hopefully I can.

"Ursula, that I just played from The Little Mermaid, we could do a great original movie with Ursula and old-new songs. I think that would be cool."

:: For more information about Guys And Dolls visit www.phoenixtheatrelondon.co.uk

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