Don’t take back her mink just yet. Here’s a first look at Rebel Wilson sporting her Miss Adelaide finest; the screen favorite will make her West End debut in Guys and Dolls beginning June 28. On that same date, stage alum Simon Lipkin will join the cast as Nathan Detroit at the Phoenix Theatre.
Lipkin’s U.K. stage credits include Assassins, The Lorax, I Can’t Sing, Rock of Ages, Spamalot, Avenue Q and The Wedding Singer. He has appeared on screen in Doctor Who, The Bill, Casualty and Muppets Most Wanted.
Nigel Lindsay and Samantha Spiro will play their final performances as Nathan and Adelaide on June 26. The cast of the Gordon Greenberg-helmed revival also features Oliver Tompsett as Sky Masterson and Siubhan Harrison as Sarah Brown.
Australian actress Rebel Wilson of “Pitch Perfect” fame has bought a home in West Hollywood for $2.95 million.
The two-story Traditional, built last year by ROMM Remodeling, has classic curb appeal with a white picket fence, eggshell-colored siding and a decorative oval window above the front door. A covered porch sits off the entrance.
Inside, the roughly 4,400-square-foot house features vaulted and coffered ceilings, wide-plank wood floors, delicate wainscoting and a range of white and gray hues. A glass-enclosed wine cellar sits below the stairs.
Among common areas is an open living and dining room with a fireplace, a center-island chef’s kitchen, a family room and an office/library. Bi-folding doors off the family room open to a covered patio for indoor-outdoor entertaining.
The master suite has two walk-in closets, a chandelier-topped soaking tub and a wet bar for a total of five bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. French doors off the master bedroom open to a balcony overlooking the grounds.
Outdoors, there’s a saltwater swimming pool, a tiled spa and a built-in firepit. Lawns, landscaping and privacy hedges complete the setting.
The house came to market in January for $3.299 million and was more recently priced at $3.195 million, records show.
Isabel Demayo of RE/MAX Mega Group was the listing agent, according to the Multiple Listing Service. Christopher Dyson of The Agency represented the buyer.
Wilson, 36, has film credits that include “Bachelorette” (2012), “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” (2012) and “Pain & Gain” (2013). This year, she appeared in the comedies “How to Be Single” and “The Brothers Grimsby.”
She will return for the third installment in the “Pitch Perfect” franchise, due out next year.
Rebel Wilson channeled the Disney villain Ursula for some not so poor unfortunate souls during The Little Mermaid LIVE at the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday, June 4.
The Pitch Perfect actress, 36, documented getting ready for the big night on her Instagram account. She wore heavy purple eye makeup, a towering blonde wig and an off-the-shoulder black dress instead of the sea witch’s tentacles.
Wilson received a round of applause for her singing chops and theatrical performance of “Poor Unfortunate Souls.” She later joined the rest of the star-studded cast backstage afterward for group photos. Some of the other celebs who rocked out included Sara Bareilles (Ariel), Darren Criss (Eric), Tituss Burgess (Sebastian), John Stamos (Chef Louis), Norm Lewis (Triton) and Joshua Colley (Flounder).
“Sooooo much fun working with this incredible cast! And singing such incredible material!” Wilson captioned an Instagram photo with her costars. “Thanks Norm, Josh, Darren, Sara, [violinist] Sandy [Cameron], Titus and John and Thanks Alan Menken for being such a lovely genius x ps final show Monday at the Hollywood Bowl!!”
Last year, the Aussie star revealed that she’s actually related to Walt Disney. “I’m a distant relative of Walt Disney,” she said during the MTV Movie Awards press conference. “I just need a few billion dollars to create my own theme park in Australia to rival Disneyland.”
Pitch Perfect star Rebel Wilson has been immortalised in wax.
The first wax figure of the Australian A-lister has gone on display at Madame Tussauds in Sydney. In a first for the Sydney Museum, the comedienne’s likeness will be dishing up brash one-liners to passers-by posing for a pic with the figure.
The real Rebel underwent a three-hour ‘sitting’ in Los Angeles in 2015 to kick off four-month wax project and is yet to meet the figure face-to-face.
‘When I was told I was going to be made into a wax figure, it was a very flattering moment for me and one of my career highlights. I just really hope they put me next to someone good, like Channing Tatum? Actually, can I please request we get our own room, just us two?’ said Wilson.
‘I would encourage everyone to get a selfie with me in the wax flesh – but make sure you take it from my good side!’
Wilson’s figure will have plenty of company from other Australian Hollywood stars including Hugh Jackman, Heath Ledger, Cate Blanchett, Olivia Newton-John and Eric Bana.
In the 1970s, it was all about Olivia Newton-John, with her sweatband and iridescent Lycra. Then came Kylie Minogue, cute in dungarees. Britain, it seems, has a habit of clutching petite, bubbly, blond Australian entertainers to its collective heart. But the current Aussie favourite is quite a different proposition.
Rebel Wilson is naughty, witty and brash, and definitely not petite. At 36, the comic actor from Sydney, who made her name with supporting roles in Bridesmaids and Pitch Perfect, has quickly become a larger-than-life feature of the comedy firmament. As a carefully calibrated, living and breathing national stereotype, Wilson is proving as difficult to ignore as Barry Humphries/Dame Edna Everage and Crocodile Dundee himself, Paul Hogan, once were.
Following a succession of attention-grabbing cameos and audacious personal appearances at award ceremonies and as a guest on chatshows, last week Wilson announced that she is about to take to the stage in the West End of London for the first time. She has always been, she told fans, more than just a comedian, having been inspired to study acting by a childhood love of musical theatre.
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So this summer Wilson will take over the role of the lovelorn and jaded Miss Adelaide in the hit production of Guys and Dolls. The switch of cast during the summer holidays is likely to guarantee a boost in ticket sales to teenagers.
“At 14, I saw my first musical, 42nd Street, after one of my family’s dogs had unsuccessfully auditioned to be in it. It blew me away and I’ve loved musical theatre ever since,” Wilson said last week, also citing her theatre training and experience on the Australian stage.
This Saturday, to prove her stagecraft, Wilson will also step out into the limelight at the Hollywood Bowl to take another leading role, as Ursula, opposite Sara Bareilles in a live performance of Disney’s musical The Little Mermaid, backed by a 71-piece orchestra.
In Britain, Wilson is to be spotted gracing the front cover of Marie Claire’s July edition, to herald her screen appearance in the film version of Absolutely Fabulous, alongside her English comic heroine. “As a teenager I’d put Ab Fab on instead of working,” she said last week. “Jennifer Saunders was the first woman I ever saw on TV who wrote and performed her own material.”
The teenage Rebel – born Melanie – must have done some schoolwork however, finding quiet time away from her sisters Liberty and Annachi, and brother Ryot, because she has two degrees, including one in law – facts that might faze her army of young followers.
They know her best as Fat Amy in the 2012 film Pitch Perfect and in the 2015 sequel, films that together have netted $400m in box office receipts. Her bumptious, prat-falling, over-confident character in the films was crucial to their success and in the past year Wilson has broken through to a wider audience with scene-stealing performances in the anti-romantic comedy How to Be Single with Dakota Johnson and in Sacha Baron Cohen’s Grimsby.
Voluptuous and rude, Wilson is a reliably saucy booking. She amused crowds at the Baftas with her call for “diverse members” and she has frequently shown off her more unexpected skills – clever rapping. Last week, she stormed on to the set of America’s The Late, Late Show, putting would-be rappers James Corden, the show’s host, and actor David Schwimmer in their place with ease.
So what, for fans, is the appeal? Well, Wilson is more than an Australian novelty act. She can play other nationalities, for a start. Those who missed her as Matt Lucas’s sister in Bridesmaids may have seen her comic turn as a romantically available cockney security guard in the Ben Stiller comedy Night at the Museum 4. She also wrote and starred in one season of her own sitcom, Super Fun Night, in the US.
However, there was a momentary stumble in Wilson’s apparently effortless glide to the top a year ago. The press in Australia, perhaps piqued by her speedy rise, pointed out that she had blurred details of her age – hardly unusual in her profession – and then took the magnifying glass to some of her kookier stories, especially one about taking up acting after a malaria-induced hallucination in Mozambique in which she saw herself receiving an Oscar.